Therrien: ‘Game we wanted to play but result not on our side.’ (Video)

Ryan Miller

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:



  1. doug19 says:

    Quick! get Halak, Koivu, Kovalev and MAB back, then hire Boucher as coach and the cup is ours!

  2. Price07 says:

    Some of you guys are too funny. Every time we lose, Price sucks. When he’s great, no one says anything. This elite goalies steal games stuff…this he’s never won anything stuff…is stupid.

    Pekka Rinne has been pulled 3 times this month, he makes 7 million, you telling me you think he’s no good? Quick has a save percentage under 900, he won a cup last year, is it okay now since he’s “won something?” You think Niemi is a legit goalie because he “won something?” Do you think Lundqvist isn’t a good goalie because he didn’t win a cup? That with Nash, Gaborik, Mcdonaugh, Del Zotto, Girardi, Staal, Callaghan and company and the rangers not being in the playoffs at the moment…Lundqvist isn’t good either right?

    Calm down, you guys make us look like the worst fans around. Bruins fans may be ridiculous in their own way, but at least they back their team.

  3. RazzleDazzle says:

    Price has yet not proven to be the type of goalie to lead the team. Hes never been a money type of goalie. I can only remember a couple of times that he has actually stolen a game like elite goalies are expected to do

  4. nek25plus says:

    Relax people! Did you really think ( when the season started) they were going to win every game!? And why, when they lose is it always Price’s fault? Maybe we should have score some goals.

  5. Prairienewf says:

    I don’t disagree with the coach but I didn’t think we got any traffic in front of the net, no rebounds, no second chances. But overall lots of positives to take out of the game.

  6. HABZ24 says:

    You have to not only blame habs but credit buff they played a smothering cover the man 3 guys in front of their net defence they thru a wet blanket on us

    • gumper says:

      And really slowed the Habs down coming through the middle. Couldn’t gain the zone under control, and couldn’t retrieve the puck on the shoot in because there was just enough “interference” to slow us down but not draw a penalty. Hate hockey like that, but it is very effective against a small fast-skating team.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

  7. savethepuck says:

    Refreshing to hear a coach not making excuses and sometimes saying “$#it happens, sometimes things don’t go your way no matter how well you play, you are not gonna win every game in a season”.
    I wish some “fans” would realize that instead of going ape $#it over nothing.
    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • rjcp says:

      “Whatever”, guess it’s Sunday, you off to your preaching job next? Why do we need to post this way? Taking shots at other supporters with a self-righteous attitude, I’m sick of it.

  8. Vid says:

    It’s the reverse-Halak effect.

  9. Skeptical says:

    Say what you want people. When you’ve out played and out shot a team as bad as the Habs did to Buffalo. I’m not a price hater but. That’s a goal-tending problem ….

    Thomas Vanek. Could we ever use him. He can put the puck in the net.

  10. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    What…we lost?

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

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