The Canadiens outshot the Sabres 39-18, dominated much of the game but still came out on the losing end Saturday at the Bell Centre.
Despite the result, coach Michel Therrien praised the Canadiens’ effort.
They worked hard, competed for the puck and played a tight game, he said. “It’s the game we wanted to play but the result is not on our side tonight. These things happen.”
The Sabres scored their first goal on a two-man advantage when defenceman P.K. Subban was called for a delay of game penalty when he cleared the puck and it went over the glass. But the Canadiens’ argument was that the puck had touched the glass before it went into the crowd.
Therrien chalked the penalty up to bad luck.
“Other than that, I thought we played a solid game. We dictated the game. We skated hard,” Therrien said.
“The guys were ready to play. I liked our intensity. We were competing hard to the net, competing hard to loose pucks. This is what you ask from your team. But the result was not on our side tonight,” he said.
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made a lot of good saves, said Michael Ryder, who scored the Canadiens’ lone goal. “Sometimes that happens during a game. You play well, you generate stuff and you just can’t find ways to put it in the net,” Ryder said.
Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said the Habs played a pretty good game and called the Sabres’ power play goal a tough break. “At times we needed to support more. We needed to get more guys to the net– second, third opportunities. We had some but not enough.”
The Canadiens had a good push at the end, said defenceman Josh Gorges. “But you can’t get down 2-0 and hope to climb back every time. We’ve got to try to get the early lead.”
You can hear what Ryder had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Gionta had to say below: