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Canadiens coach Michel Therrien didn’t mince words sizing up his team’s performance in their 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We played a bad game. And we didn’t deserve to win that game even though we were in a position to go get a point,” Therrien said.
“When you’re first on the puck you put the other team in difficulty. And they were all through the game and that’s why I’m a bit disappointed.”
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned in a strong performance, making 36 saves and keeping his team in the game.
“We didn’t give our best effort,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said.
“We had no push-back pretty much all game. Second on pucks pretty much the whole time,” Gionta added.
“Our mindset going into the third was that we played two bad periods and Pricey was the only one giving us a chance. You try to steal one. Points are huge this time of year. Unfortunately, it’s the same mistakes that keep coming back to haunt us, said Gionta, who again mentioned “second on pucks.”
Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal at 16:59 of the third period when he intercepted rookie defenceman Jarred Tinordi’s pass in the neutral zone.
“It’s a stupid play on my part, on my backhand trying to go through the middle,” he said.
“I knew that they were coming, but I thought I had room to make that play… That’s one I’d like to have back for sure,” Tinordi said.
Therrien called the 22-year-old defenceman “a good kid who will learn from his mistakes.”
“That’s how you improve,” the coach said.
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