The Canadiens evened the score in their playoff series with the Ottawa Senators Friday night at the Bell Centre, despite some key players missing from their lineup.
The Habs were without Lars Eller, who suffered a concussion and facial and dental fractures in Thursday’s game when he was hit by Senators defenceman Eric Gryba, as well as Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty, who are out with upper body injuries.
“Everybody thought we were going to be down about what happened last night and with the loss of important players,” coach Michel Therrien said after the Canadiens’ 3-1 victory.
“You need character for that. And again tonight, (the) team showed a lot of character,” Therrien said.
“This is a character win for us. This is a big win,” said defenceman P.K. Subban.
“I think our coach sent the message that no matter who’s in the lineup it’s about our attitude,” Subban said.
“And I think we had a great attitude today. We went out there and we executed and we did what we had to do.”
Therrien praised goaltender Carey Price’s performance along with forward Ryan White who had three hits and scored the game’s first goal.
“He brings the intensity that we’re looking for and also that we need in the playoffs,” Therrien said of White.
“I really like the way we played our last two games… tonight we got the result,” the coach said.
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