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Coach Michel Therrien liked his team’s effort Saturday night at the Bell Centre, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Canadiens over the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks have lost only one game in regulation this season and lead the National Hockey League with 19 points with their 9-1-1 record.
“They’re a fast team…They’re strong on the puck. And they don’t give you a lot,” Therrien said after the Habs 2-0 loss.
“They play really well defensively as we could see. But we were right there with them. We had our chances in the second period but their goalie made some good saves at the right time. And they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. So a lot of credit to (them).”
The Sharks have been averaging 38.6 shots per game –the most in the NHL–and allowing 23.1 shots per game, on average, the second least in the league. They outshot the Canadiens 35 to 22.
Travis Moen left the game after getting cut in the second period, but Therrien said he’ll be fine. A few minutes later, Gallagher lost his balance and banged into the boards, but didn’t miss a shift.
“Give them credit. They smothered us. They forced us into making plays that we shouldn’t have made,” said defenceman Josh Gorges. “We need to be better when we’re in those situations.”
The Canadiens announced after the game that they’ve reassigned Nathan Beaulieu and Patrick Holland to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Beaulieu only played one shift in the third period.
“I thought he didn’t have confidence tonight. He was on his heels a little bit. And that’s a process with young guys. It’s normal,” Therrien said.
You can listen to what Gorges had to say here:
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