Canadiens goalie Carey Price after his team’s 4-2 win in Winnipeg.
Stubbs video capture
The Canadiens’ 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night at the MTS Centre has nailed down home-ice advantage for the first round of the NHL playoffs.
The quarterfinal round, against an opponent yet to be decided, will open at the Bell Centre on Tuesday then continue with Game 2 on Thursday before resuming in the opponent’s city presumably on Saturday for Hockey Night in Canada.
Canadiens players were satisfied but hardly celebratory in the dressing room after the game, grazing on pepperoni pizza as they slowly showered and got dressed for a late night charter flight that was taking them to Toronto for Saturday’s regular-season finale against the Maple Leafs.
Had the Canadiens lost Thursday, the Leafs win in Florida would have put home-ice for the first round at stake at the Air Canada Centre. Now, that pressure is off the Habs and they can focus on trying to finish ahead of the Boston Bruins to claim No. 2 overall in the Eastern Conference behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Here’s some video, very raw, shot in a hurry in the dressing room.
Carey Price postgame:
Brendan Gallagher postgame:
P.K. Subban postgame: