Time to regroup, Price says after Habs 5-3 loss to Bruins ( Video)

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The Canadiens blew a two-goal lead in the third period against the Boston Bruins Saturday and return home to Montreal tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven playoff series. 

“We’ve just got to regroup, realize the situation we’re in,” said Canadiens goaltender Carey Price after the Habs 5-3 loss to the Bruins. The Canadiens are in a good spot, added Price, who turned in another fine performance.

“We weren’t expecting to come in here and sweep two games.”

The Canadiens knew it was going to be a long series and are ready for that, said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

“We have to look at the big picture,” he said.

“I thought we played really well for 50 minutes even in the third period. The first 10 minutes we were almost perfect,” Therrien said.

“There was a bad coverage for the second goal and you need breaks to win hockey games–and this is what they got from (Patrice) Bergeron’s goal,” he said. “You look at the replay and it’s a bad bounce in front of the net. We got some breaks last game and they got the breaks tonight,” Therrien added.

Mike Weaver and Thomas Vanek scored for the Habs. Vanek scored back-to-back goals on the power play, deflecting two shots by P.K. Subban past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. With two assists, Subban now leads the Canadiens in the playoffs with 9 points.

“We had a two-goal lead. We have to manage the puck better and do smarter things out there, making sure we are being smart with the puck and putting ourselves in a good position,” Subban said.

“We are playing good hockey. We just have to focus for a full 60 and get back to it,” he said.

Subban was also asked about the racist tweets aimed at him on Twitter during Thursday’s game. “It’s completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization or the fan base. They have passionate fans here, great fan base and since I’ve been in the league it’s been awesome. I’ve come to Boston many times, my family has come here, and it’s been great.”

“What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a reflection by any means of the league or the Boston Bruins,” he added.

You can watch what Price had to say here:

You can listen to Thomas Vanek here:

And you can hear more of what Subban had to say here: (Apologies for the video quality in this clip.)

(Video: Brenda Branswell)

41 Comments

  1. Rockhabsfan says:

    On another note, I assume there will be a fan fest outside on Tuesday. Travelling up with my son to see the game as a b-day present and want to spend as much time as I can near the rink.

  2. CynicalHabsfan says:

    After what happened in the first game I couldn’t believe how we sat back again with a third period lead. Clearly, that is something you just can’t do against these bruins. 50 minutes of excellent hockey ruined because we tried to just play out the clock instead of keeping up the pressure.

    On a positive note, not only has Subban been the best player on either side, he seems remarkably composed and focused, especially considering everything that’s happened in the past 48 hours, on and off the ice. We all know that he’s incredibly talented, electrifying, etc. But listening to his post-game remarks, the word that came to my mind was LEADER. I could see him being captain of this team in a few years.

  3. JUST ME says:

    Obviously they are well aware of what happened and will adjust to the situation. Up until the last ten minutes , they had a much better performance than game 1 and the D-squad was probably playing it`s best game so far in the playoffs.

    Still i wish to remind you that i do not remember reading here that the habs would sweep the serie so they had to lose one eventually and be honest now: What were you thinking would happen when they were still leading up to that point ? Come on be honest don`t lie ! So i think we are not in bad shape.

    Oh and by the way. Read on Ginette Reno`s facebook page that she will be there next tuesday and thursday. We are lucky cause she just started a new tour and will be in a break in between shows in Québec city.
    Bell Center will be rocking !

    • Le Jadester says:

      I know what ya mean…..but when being up by two goals with 11 mins to go……that’s not a good way to lose. I mean OT, fine…..but we shoulda stole this game too.

      I don’t like this giving up already 6 goals in just two third periods (not counting the open net that would be 7)

      I agree with shaker below…..that’s gotta be fixed !

      I still think we can win this series if we get our first line back ?

      Habs, OLE !

    • Danno says:

      I hope Ginette is practicing her fist pumps. I want to see five of them after she sings O Canada!

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  4. Ozmodiar says:

    The Habs could certainly use a 39 goal scorer (+ sidekick) right about now.

  5. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Time to forget and just make adjustments. This is a 5 game series now and the Habs have home ice advantage. It is in their hands now.

  6. 24AW says:

    Price is talking about re-grouping, I thought they just started. Having to re-group after only two games, not a good sign of things to come.
    I don’t know if you noticed, Boston 5-goals from 5-different players, that’s the way a good team wins. Habs on the other hand, 3-goals, 1-from a defenseman and 2-from the 1st line the other 3-lines did squat.
    MT this will not be a long series, unless you have the scoring spread out.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      There are just way too many scoring chances being allowed. The Habs are under siege most of the time. Price can’t possibly keep bailing them out from an onslaught like this. This is why the Bruins were favored. We’ll see if they can counter this in Game 2.

  7. Habitoban says:

    Well we won the first game that we should have lost, and today we lost a game that we should have won. My worry is that that the 3rd period collapse was the result of the heavy pounding that we have been taking for two games. If that is the case, we are in big trouble. Nice to see Bourque still playing physical. Not so nice to see Prust unable to handle the puck (is he now liability?) and the 4th line lacking the jump and grit it had in game one.

  8. Danno says:

    The series so far:

    Game One: The game we should have lost, we won.

    Game Two: The game we should have won, we lost.

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  9. jrshabs1 says:

    A bigger heavier lineup will fix this teams ails. I’m sure the Habs have 2 D and at least 1 forward who are chomping at the bit to get on the ice.
    Let them loose M.T.
    Go Habs Go!!!!!

    • D Mex says:

      A bit easier to do this at home with the last change.
      Won’t surprise me to see lineup adjustment(s) for game #3.

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

  10. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Plekanec and Gally need a new winger. Keep Bournival there. Watching Prust made me angry!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      One of the most selfish things a player can do is to play when he is clearly hurt. Instead of trying to play the hero, maybe Prust should put the team first.

      • UKRAINIANhab says:

        Exactly. It was extremely brutal watching him

      • D Mex says:

        Not sure if you’re suggesting that Prust would have lied about his condition to get into the game (?), it strikes me highly improbable.
        Regardless, the team has medical staff to provide independent input in precisely this kind of situation, and the coach decides the lineup based on available inputs, no ?

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        D Mex

      • monmick says:

        Especially when your injury is preventing you from doing the one thing you are clearly good at…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  11. rljmartin says:

    I have watched A LOT of games this year with NHL gamecenter. I do not know how many Bruins games I have seen, maybe 20, and the one thing Habs must do is pick up the trailer on the rush. They always look for the trailer and almost always have one and that is how they get so many wide open looks from very sweet spots on the ice.

    Just watched RDS replays of the Bergeron goal. Cube did not touch it. Looked weird, might have bounced but how? Will be interesting to see what CP has to say about it.

  12. jimmy shaker says:

    OUCH the dreaded 2 goal lead……2 games in a row……3rd period, 2 goal blown leads. Fix that please!

    Shaker out!

  13. Danno says:

    PK is so classy in his response to questions about the Twitter controversy.

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  14. DipsyDoodler says:

    Now the Bruins know they can always step on the gas and we will collapse.

    I think we know it too.

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  15. ooder says:

    hmm this series is really starting to look like the capitals one in 2010.
    underdogs in both, won the first game on the raod. Blew a 2 goal lead on the road for game 2.
    All we can hope for is the same end result

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    “We had a two-goal lead. We have to manage the puck better and do smarter things out there, making sure we are being smart with the puck and putting ourselves in a good position,” Subban said.

    …funny, if I closed My eyes, and didn’t read this was a P.K. quote, I would have sworn that was Therrien speaking :)

  17. Le Jadester says:

    Hopefully this two and a half day break will kill some of the momentum the booins had goin’ in the third. That freakin second goal brought them back to life ffs.

    How we respond in game 3 is going to be the difference in the whole series me thinks?

    Habs, OLE !

  18. Un Canadien errant says:

    Ugh. I want to barf. This game was about as appealing as the tattooed young lady seated behind the Canadiens bench, who got a lot of screen time as the camera trained on Coach Michel Therrien. It seemed like the Canadiens were going to withstand another Bruin onslaught, taking a 3-1 lead deep in the third, but they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, succumbing 5-3.

    We can’t blame Carey Price for the ‘collapse’ in the third, since there wouldn’t have been a lead to protect without his excellent, sometimes miraculous work earlier on. He was good, he was lucky, for two and a half periods he played like he did in Game 1. Then he cracked, almost as if the dam couldn’t bear the pressure any more. I’m sure he’s going to kick himself over the Patrice Bergeron goal, which hit him in the leg pad but bounced up and trickled in over his shoulder, but overall, he did his job. Forget about the final result, and get ready for Tuesday Carey.

    I don’t know what to say about Thomas Vanek. He may have played the worst two-goal game I can remember for a Canadiens, we’re talking Michael Ryder or Alex Kovalev territory. In a game where the bigger Bruins are running at the Canadiens and taking shots at Brian Gionta and Brendan Gallagher, he should have asserted himself. Not that I expect him to charge Zdeno Chara, but he needs to be hungrier, more intense, he has to show that he wants the puck, and wants to score. It’s a question of degrees. I know his game consists of cruising around finding open space, but he needs to find an extra gear now, try to chip in, to contribute in other ways, while he kills time between goals.

    Max was not much better. David Desharnais will always attract attention, being the line’s puck carrier, but he shouldn’t be the only one noticeable, and by such a wide margin. He’s the smallest guy on the team, yet there he is in the corners fighting for the puck against Crosscheck Anderson and Elbows McManslaughter. I hope that Max and Thomas have a long chat with each other, or with their own conscience. You can have an off-game, but not in the playoffs. And you can’t have two putrid games such as they’ve just had, we’ve discussed how these guys have to produce like a #1 line, no excuses. And this has to be the most tepid 2-goal game for this line ever.

    P.K. on the other hand, clearly has taken the next step. and easily found this extra gear. He’s focused, disciplined, productive, the player we think we have but who faded away this season at times. Today he shrugged off the attentions of the Bruins to play heavy minutes, set up both Thomas Vanek goals with shots from the point, and only went into his whirling dervish mode a couple of times. And these were appropriate times, when his skating exhibitions can-openered the Bruins defence, as they scrambled to contain him and maintain coverage.

    Brandon Prust’s stick early on was where pucks went to die. Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher would try to chip the puck to him for give-and-go’s, but he’d flub a pass or give the puck away. He seemed more assured, more comfortable when Michel Therrien put him on the fourth line and bumped up Michaël Bournival to play on Tomas’ left wing. Once on the fourth line, we saw Brandon taking the puck, putting it deep in the Bruins zone, and forechecking effectively, always a menace to finish his checks.

    Mike Weaver was at his best, in a scratching, clawing game. I’m not sure he can be this good in a skating, wide-open game, but here he’s in his element. He might have spent more time on his pants blocking plays than on his skates. The goal he scored in the second is almost incidental compared to the central, titanic work he did blocking shots, cutting off passes, interdicting lanes. Without his efforts there wouldn’t have been a lead to cough up.

    Losing the game hurts for more reasons than just letting the Bruins back in the series. Tuukka Rask was wobbling, teetering, he never seemed comfortable or confident tonight. Now he can look back on his effort as ‘finding a way to win’, or battling through adversity, whereas if he’d lost again he might have been damaged psychologically, wondering if he was about to get pulled. We’ll see on Tuesday if he settles down and pucks don’t rebound off his pads directly into the slot anymore.

    While the referees called a tighter game than expected, we can see where the trend is headed. Brad Marchand started the game off, on the initial faceoff, by slashing at Brendan Gallagher, with both refs watching, and no penalty called. Kevan Miller had his crosscheck-flex stick out, and he wasn’t even playing defence, such as that is, he would just indiscriminately lay the lumber on any bleu-blanc-rouge jerseys in the area.

    And whatever respect I had left for Jarome Iginla is rapidly waning. Having ditched the Flames for a frontrunning stint with the Penguins, he switches horses this season and tries to tag along with the Bruins for a cheapie, Ray Bourque-style coat-tailed Stanley Cup. And he adopts their ethos, facewashing players from behind, and taking on Brendan Gallagher in a confrontation. Nice work Jarome, you’re well and truly a Bruin now. You might as well be an attorney on retainer with R.J. Reynolds, or be the personal physician to Idi Amin Dada.

    So the Bruins have won the physical battles, they’re managing to get their thumps in despite an attempt by the refs to keep play within the bounds of the Geneva Convention. And it’s having an effect, as Mario Tremblay noted with mild disgust between periods, there are quite a few Canadiens playing “du bout de la palette”, meaning with the very end of their stick blade. Marc Denis also stated that the Canadiens have to accept contact to make a play, not avoid contact and turn over the puck. As he said, it doesn’t mean you try to match the Bruins on the physical aspect, but you can’t shirk your responsibility to protect the puck.

    It now remains to see what adjustments Michel Therrien can make. Travis Moen and Ryan White in, Daniel Brière and Michaël Bournival out? Inject size and toughness at the expense of team speed? Rob Peter to pay Paul? Rest Brandon Prust some more?

    So a bitter start to the day, and more than 72 hours to stew over a fishtail ending to a game that Carey just about stole again. I don’t know how we’ll manage it.

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  19. Danno says:

    Numero Uno!

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