Habs victory ‘something to build on’, says Price (Video)

(Photo: The Gazette/John Mahoney)

The Canadiens rebounded from their ugly loss against the Washington Capitals and snapped their four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Canadiens goaltender Carey Price who made key saves, earning his third shutout of the season.

“It’s something to build on,” Price said.

“We can’t be complacent. We’ve got to look forward to our next game and prepare the exact same way.”

Price faced 36 shots, and the Canadiens, who lead the National Hockey League in blocked shots, added to that tally, blocking 27 more. Defenceman Josh Gorges blocked seven of them.

“He had a couple of ones that probably hurt in the second period,” Price said. “He’s a warrior and he doesn’t get enough credit for that.”

Coach Michel Therrien noted Gorges and defenceman Douglas Murray sacrificed themselves for the team. Murray blocked four shots. (Andrei Markov blocked five.)

The Hurricanes were playing their fifth game in seven nights.

“Our goal is to wear teams down,” said Max Pacioretty, who scored his 22nd goal of the season and picked up an assist on Brendan Gallagher’s goal.

“We knew they played last night. Once we get pucks behind them and wear them down and play them in their end, I think we’re able to find success that way. We have to find a way to play like that for 60 minutes and we did a pretty good job of that tonight.”

Therrien dished out praise for several players, including David Desharnais’ line, which led the Habs’ offense, and rookies Nathan Beaulieu, who was paired with Murray on defence, and  Michaël Bournival who was moved up to Tomas Plekanec’s line.

Players were focused on playing the system, Therrien said.

“We had some opportunities and we capitalized on them. We had some breakdowns. It happens, but Carey was phenomenal again and the result was on our side tonight.”

You can watch what Pacioretty had to say here:

You can watch what Gallagher had to say here:

And you can listen to what Price had to say here:

 

 

(Video: Brenda Branswell)

3 Comments

  1. SteverenO says:

    Well, I guess MT will keep his job, for a little while, anyway.

    A few thoughts :

    - The team is better when Eller plays center
    - Their goalie played well, Price was better.
    - Amazing how well Markov (and Emmie) play, and skate, with two days rest
    - Murray played well, I wish he could skate a little faster.
    - Hope we don’,t line up Parros/Briere/Moen against the Bruins
    - Happy for Cap’n Kirk, hope he continues to do well.

    Always nice to get a shutout win at home, not “convinced ” we’ve turned the corner, though. Canes get that shorthanded goal and a couple of goal posts and its different outcome. That it was their 5th game in a week, may have made as much to do with making us look good as anything that we actually did.

    We’ll see soon enough how we look against the Bruins. At least the players can into that game with a touch of confidence.

    Would be nice to see Briere with Plek and Gionta, Bourny with Eller and Gallagher and Prust with DD and Patches .

    That leaves Moen, Bourque and ????? Dumont perhaps?

    Wonder if any of this years coaching staff knows that he played 93 minutes at even strength last year (112 minutes if you included his 19 minutes of shutdown hockey in three playoff games) and was on for only one goal against? (he was a +1 being on for 2 goals scored).
    Mind you, LouisLeblanc has played 78 minutes this year and has only been on ice for one goal against, you’d think the coaching staff would be pleased. It<s kind of like rolling the dice with Parros and his 7 Golas allowed in 59 minutes of ice time.

    It's sad when there's a feeling a of melancholy after a win. A loss tonight would have made it really difficult for MB to keep the coach in his position.

    On the bright side, hopefully we won't be seeing 81 on the wing again any time soon.

    regards,

    Steve O.

  2. Feraco says:

    Boom good game

  3. kalevine says:

    yay Price!


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