Some boos rained down on the Canadiens during their 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre, but coach Michel Therrien cut his team some slack afterward.
“We played 11 games in less than three weeks,” Therrien said.
“Energy wise, I could tell they’re drained. And when you’re drained, there’s no more juice. Physically, you’re tired. When you’re physically tired, your execution is not quite there. You make bad decisions mentally. It goes hand in hand,” Therrien added.
“What we’ve been asking of that group in the last three weeks it’s really demanding. They’re human beings. They’re good athletes, but they give what they’ve got. So tomorrow they’re going to have a day off at the rink. They’re going to go visit the young kids in the hospital and we’re going to regroup for our next game Tuesday.”
“I’m not there to blame them, because I see and I’m aware the things that we’re asking of them, which are very, very demanding,” Therrien said.
Therrien also confirmed that George Parros, who fought against New York Islander forward Eric Boulton Saturday night, suffered a concussion and will be evaluated every day.
It’s Parros second concussion this season. He fell on his chin during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr during the Habs season-opener on Oct. 1.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the Canadiens lone goal on Sunday. The Canadiens have lost three of their last four games and have only scored twice in regulation in that span.
“I thought we showed up to play, but we just didn’t do enough to come out with a victory,” said Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban.
The Canadiens weren’t able to capitalize on a two-man advantage in the third period.
“In a 5-3, you’ve got to find a way to put it in and we didn’t,” Subban said. “And ultimately that’s the difference in the game, in my opinion.”
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You can watch what Galchenyuk had to say after the game here:
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