The Canadiens were given the day off Sunday after a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
“That was our best game — so far,” defenceman Andrei Markov, who scored both goals for the Canadiens, told reporters after the game, suggesting that this team can be even better.
“That’s our game,” he added. “If you play like that every time, success is going to be on your side.”
Coach Michel Therrien was thrilled with his team’s performance after a disappointing loss in Philadelphia in the previous game.
“There was nothing we could do about the last game except to learn from it,” said Therrien, who was criticized by many for benching P.K. Subban during the 3-1 loss to the Flyers. “Alexei Emelin was good, Marky was fantastic but, to be honest, everyone played a good game. Everyone. That’s why I’m so proud of my team.”
The Canadiens will practise at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard as they prepare to face the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
After the game against the Devils, the Canadiens will play their next four games on the road, visiting the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins next Wednesday and the Detroit Red Wings next Friday.
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