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Michel Therrien cut to the chase about how the Canadiens played Thursday in their 2-0 shutout loss to the New York Islanders, a team that had 11 rookies in their lineup.
“It was a bad performance from our team. Pretty simple. Every aspect of our game was not sharp,” the Habs coach said.
They weren’t sharp at five on five or with special teams, Therrien added.
“The only positive thing that I can take (from the game) is that Carey Price was really solid. He gave us a chance to stick in the game,” Therrien said of the Canadiens goaltender who made 28 saves.
The Canadiens went 0-3 on the power play and are now 0 for 20 with the man advantage in their last seven games.
The Islanders played a good game, Therrien said.
“They skated a lot more than us. They were a lot more involved in the game, with the result that they deserved to win.”
The Canadiens need to regroup and make sure they have a good effort on Saturday against the New York Rangers, the coach said.
That’s the Canadiens’ final game of the regular season before their first-round playoff series next week against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Neutral zone turnovers caused them problems all night long, said Canadiens’ forward Daniel Brière.
“Every time we had a rush going we turned it over somewhere in the neutral zone and they were re-attacking,” Brière said.
“It puts our defenseman in a tough position. They’re coming up and then somehow they have to back up and take the rush coming back at them…We know that’s an area we were really bad at today and that we’ll have to improve.
“It’s better to have that game now than in the playoffs. Hopefully, we learned a little bit from that.”
Douglas Murray was given a game misconduct for his hit from behind on Johan Sundstrom. It was Murray’s first game back after serving a three-game suspension for an illegal check on Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mike Kostka.
Therrien declined to say much about the the hit. “We’re going to let the league decide that….I hope the kid is alright, though. This is my first concern.”
The team announced after the game that Alex Galchenyuk, who was injured during Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, will miss the first round of the playoffs with a lower-body injury.
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