Canadiens captain Brian Gionta called it a “weird game.”
“We had some opportunities but if you look at them there weren’t enough second and third opportunities,” Gionta said after the Canadiens’ 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
“We weren’t able to pounce on the rebounds. We had some good shots but we just weren’t able to penetrate right around that crease,” Gionta said.
The Canadiens outshot the Capitals 29-27. The Capitals blocked 34 shots.
“They played a good game. It’s a good team,” Canadiens’ coach Michel Therrien said.
“We knew facing that team, we were saying it’s probably the hottest team in the NHL right now and it was going to be a challenge for us,” Therrien said. The Canadiens’ intensity level wasn’t the same as usual, especially at the start, he said, but after that he thought things were more even.
“We had some opportunities to put the puck at the net. But they did a great job to be in those shooting lanes and when they scored some goals it seemed like the puck found ways to go behind (Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price) ,” he said.
Canadiens’ forward Rene Bourque had six hits and four shots on goal in his first game back after missing 21 games due to a concussion.
It was good. I was excited to play– a little nervous,” Bourque said. “I’m just happy to be back. It’s been a long month and a half, two months. It just feels good to be out there in front of the crowd and be out there and battle with the guys in the room.
You can hear what Gionta had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Lars Eller had to say after the game below:
And you can hear what Bourque had to say after the game here: