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: