Pacioretty: “We got completely away from our game plan”

Max Pacioretty

Max Pacioretty didn’t need to search for words to explain how things got derailed for the Canadiens Thursday night against the New York Islanders.

“We got completely away from our game plan. They saw an opportunity and they walked all over us,”Pacioretty said after the Canadiens 4-3 overtime loss.

“It’s embarrassing to be up like that and get away from our game plan so much.”

The Canadiens dominated the first period. Pacioretty’s second goal of the evening put the Canadiens up 3-1 in the second period. But the Islanders narrowed the lead to one on a power play goal by Islanders forward Matt Moulson, his second of the period.

“Going into that third period we were up a goal and it felt like we were panicking already. It’s a bad feeling,” Pacioretty said.

“We have to stick to game plans for 60 minutes — in this case 65 minutes. Play in their end. And we’re back on our heels, took some penalties and gave them a lot of momentum.”

“We know that their team is based a lot around their top line,” Pacioretty said. “And our game plan is to shut them down and not give them any confidence. And in the second period there Moulson had a couple of goals and got their line rolling and we were back on our heels.”

Head coach Michel Therrien said he thought the Canadiens controlled the game pretty well in the first half but lacked energy in the second half.

“Their power play is probably one of the best in the league, too,” Therrien said. It gave them some life and the Canadiens lost energy “with the result that we saw,” he said.

 You can listen to what Pacioretty had to say after the game below:

You can listen to what Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had to say after the game below:

You can listen to what Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta had to say below:

13 Comments

  1. 44har48 says:

    Boy I hate losing…even when my teams are not as good as the opponent…and I still couldn’t tell you right now who is good and who isn’t in this league.

    Having said that, games like last night are good ones to lose. Lessons are learned and, in order to win, these guys have to learn how to win. Last night served as what not to do.

    I could not be happier with this team, system, and management. Screw the 11-4-1 and whatever record, that doesn’t matter this year, we needed to right the ship and get it going in the correct direction, which it is (although if they want to make a run at the cup this year, please by all means go ahead :)). There is a lot more work to be done and it won’t all happen in the coming weeks or months alone.

  2. db says:

    Gionta, Markov and Cole need their ice time reduced and if we’re out of a playoff spot I bet they get asked to waive their NTCs..

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …PK pairing with Bouillion seems a waste to Me

  4. Marc10 says:

    That was sloppy. No excuses.

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …so, Boone is walking His dog in the snow, watching it piddle and crap all over His neighbours’ lawns or snowbanks, while thinking what He is going to tell the slobbering Commentariat of His deep thoughts on this game

    …is there not something queasy in that visualization ? :)

  6. Shane1313 says:

    At least they’re taking ownership for it. Sloppy game, but I guess it’s easier to get complacent after a 5-game winning streak. Still if Chicago could manage what they’re doing, we could of played the full 60

  7. Timo says:

    What’s going on with the powerplay? Absolutely brutal.

  8. Timo says:

    Too many floaters on the ice today. Ah well… I am sure they’ll get another day off tomorrow. Queue the losing streak.

  9. jedimyrmidon says:

    Apparently PK isn’t being used on the PK all that much.

    He and Gorges should be out there. They were very good together. And in OT, where there is space, PK can use that and exploit it, BUT also provide excellent defensive coverage in case something goes wrong.

  10. Timo says:

    Gionta was utterly useless yet Therrien kept on throwing him out there.


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