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There was an “old” Michel Therrien sighting after the Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
There has been a kinder, gentler Therrien on display this season, but he made it known he wasn’t happy with his team’s slow start against the Jets. The dressing room was closed for 20 minutes after the game, and while the team described it as a players’ meeting, one player said that it followed a tirade from the coach.
“I’m not happy because I didn’t see the effort out there tonight,” Therrien said. “Someone asked me if there was a positive because we came back from 3-0 to make a game, but we shouldn’t have been down 3-0. When they scored their third goal, we only had seven shots and they had 16. There’s nothing to be positive about.”
Bryan Little opened the scoring when he took a feed from Evander Kane at 11:44 of the opening period.
“There was an example of the defenceman getting beat one-on-one,” said Therrien, noting that Alexei Emelin was late picking up Little.
Chris Thorburn made it 2-0 at 5:00 of the second period and Kane set up Blake Wheeler at 12:37. Wheeler was left alone in the slot and he caught Carey Price going in the butterfly too soon.
The Canadiens finally got on the board when Rene Bourque redirected a pass from Andrei Markov at 5:34 of the third period. Bourque, who missed the start of the season after undergoing abdominal surgery, has points in each of the three games he has played since his return.
Josh Gorges brought the Canadiens closer when he beat Ondrej Pavelec with a shot from the point.
“I really thought we were going to tie it up after that goal,” said Tomas Plekanec, who assisted on Gorges’s goal. “This reminded me of too many games we played last year when we would only play one or two good periods.”
Any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Kane scored an empty-net goal at 19:34.
The Canadiens lost defenceman Frederic St. Denis to an upper-body injury midway through the second period. Therrien said he hadn’t consulted with the medical staff about St. Denis’s condition.
“I had other things on my mind,” he said as he abruptly ended his postgame press conference.