Things haven’t been pretty since the Canadiens nailed down a playoff spot last week and followed it up with back-to-back humiliating losses.
Since they clinched the spot, their intensity, concentration and work ethic levels have dropped markedly “with the results we see. It’s not complicated,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after the Philadelphia Flyers handily beat the Habs 7-3.
“There’s no work ethic out there right now. We don’t pay attention to detail. It’s disappointing,” Therrien said.
Asked if he was worried about the team’s defensive play, which has been sub-par over the past two games, Therrien said he wasn’t “because I know what we’re able to do. We just have to pay attention to details, increase our intensity level, increase a lot of things that we’re not currently doing.”
“We’ve just got to go back to our game,” said forward Tomas Plekanec. “We’ve got to start skating. We’ve got to start winning the battles. That was our key for the biggest part of the season. We were winning the battles. We were on the puck. We were skating. We were faster than the other teams…and we definitely didn’t play like that tonight, that’s for sure.”
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