The Canadiens saw their 11-game streak of picking up at least a point in every game come to an end with Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Islanders in New York.
But coach Michel Therrien was trying to put a positive spin on things afterwards.
“We fought back,” Therrien said. “We showed character. It could have gone both ways. We got some bad coverage with our penalty killing.”
For the second straight game, the Canadiens went into third period trailing 3-2, but this game had a different outcome than the dramatic 4-3 win in Boston Sunday night. The Canadiens tied it up on a power-play goal by Brian Gionta, but the Islanders responded with a goal by Radek Martinek on a shot from the point.
“I’m sure (Carey Price) would want to see the fourth goal, the point shot, but those things happen” said Therrien, who said the goaltender played a “decent game.”
Price surrendered five goals on 23 shots and has allowed 12 goals in his last two starts.
The Canadiens are back in action Thursday night in Carolina against the Hurricanes (7 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN 690 Radio).