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The Canadiens opened the door to the Edmonton Oilers and paid the price for it, Coach Michel Therrien said after the Habs 4-3 loss Tuesday at the Bell Centre.
Or, as Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, put it: “We can’t expect to play one period and come out with the win.”
The Canadiens jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but it was downhill from there with the Oilers tying the game in the second period and grabbing the lead in the third.
“We were playing well in the first period. We were managing the puck really well,” Therrien said. “We didn’t open up for no reason. Then all of a sudden we started to take chances, giving the other team odd-man rushes. You never want to do that. Not only against the Oilers because they’re a talented young team, but against any team in the NHL. You can’t play like this.”
“We’re having a hard time to execute our game plan for 60 minutes. Sometimes it could be (immaturity.) We’ll get better.”
Therrien was also asked about Lars Eller’s comments earlier on Tuesday about the Oilers that drew media attention. Therrien called them inappropriate. “He’s a young player. I think he’ll learn from that,” the coach said.
The 24-year-old forward was asked after the morning skate what kind of game people could expect.
“It’s hard to say with this team,” Eller told reporters. “It can be anything. They play a little bit like a junior team I think sometimes. They take a lot of risks, a lot of chances. They’re a little all over the place. There’s not a lot of structure always in their game. So, it could really be anything.”
You can hear what Gionta had to say after the game here:
And you can listen to Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price here:
And you can listen to what Patrick Holland, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs, had to say after his first game in the NHL here:
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