The Canadiens were given the day off Sunday to lick their wounds following Saturday’s embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Canadiens, who have only four wins in their last 13 games (4-7-2), and they have fallen to fourth place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Canadiens have now given up four or more goals in six straight games. The Canadiens pulled goaltender Carey Price just past the halfway point of the second period Saturday with the Capitals holding a 4-0 lead. It marked the second time in three games that Price has been pulled and the goaltender now ranks 13th in the NHL in save percentage (.918) and 19th in goals-against average (2.50) with a 22-16-4 record.
The Capitals snapped a seven-game losing streak with the one-sided victory.
The Habs will practise at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard as they begin preparations for Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). The Canadiens will then travel to Boston to face the Bruins Thursday night and then play back-to-back Super Bowl weekend afternoon games at the Bell Centre against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Both of those games are 1 p.m. starts.
There was a team meeting held after Saturday’s loss and coach Michel Therrien confirmed it was management’s decision to have all the players available to the media after the game.
There’s “nothing good to take from that game,” Therrien told reporters.
“We’ve got to move on. We’re facing adversity and we all know it,” the coach added, noting all teams face it, as do players through the course of their careers. “It’s how we’re going to react facing adversity.”
Said captain Brian Gionta: “Obviously, we’re not playing good hockey and we need to find a way to turn things around.
“We had three shots through almost the whole second period. Forty minutes of play, we have three shots. We’re off our game. We’ve got to find a way to keep supporting each other and find a way out of this.”
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