(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.”
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You can watch what Gallagher had to say here:
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(Video: Brenda Branswell)