The Canadiens face potential elimination on home ice Thursday at the Bell Centre after losing in overtime to the Ottawa Senators
“We came to play and this is exactly what we did. We certainly deserved a better fate,” Coach Michel Therrien said after the Senators 3-2 victory Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place.
The win gives the Senators a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven playoff series.
The Canadiens held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. But Ottawa sent the game into overtime on goals by Mika Zibanejad and Cory Conacher, who scored with just seconds left in regulation.
“I thought we were pushing the pace and we didn’t give up many scoring chances,” Therrien said of the Canadiens’ play in the third period.
“The first goal opened up the door for them. It’s not supposed to happen like this, faceoffs…not at that level,” Therrien said.
What Therrien objected to was the location of a face off in the Canadiens’ end prior to Zibanejad’s goal, arguing it should have been on the left side not on the right. They would have sent different players onto the ice, Therrien said.
“Every detail counts in a game and I don’t understand why they decided to put the face-off on the right side when (Senators captain Daniel) Alfredsson shot the puck on our left side,” he said.
The team will keep doing what it always does well, Therrien said. The Canadiens have played three good games out of four, he said.
“We’re playing solid hockey in this series.”
Kyle Turris scored at 2.32 in overtime on Peter Budaj, the Canadiens’ back-up goaltender, who replaced an injured Carey Price in the overtime period. Price looked injured as he got up off the ice and skated off at the end of the third period.
Price has a lower-body injury. Brandon Prust, who went to the dressing room in the third period, has an upper-body injury, Therrien said.
You can listen to more of what Therrien had to say after the game.
And you can hear what Canadiens’ defenceman Josh Gorges had to say below: