‘We’re going to put that one behind us’ Therrien says of Habs 6-0 loss to Kings (Video)

(Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Canadiens suffered their first lopsided defeat of the season and it was a doozie Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

“These games are miserable,” Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges said after the Habs 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

“And the only thing you can do is get out of this room here and take a look in the mirror…and say ‘did I do what I had to do tonight.’ And I don’t think there’s one guy in this room that can say they did,” he said.

“So we get back to work tomorrow,” said Gorges, adding the Habs have a big weekend of hockey ahead of them.

“And we use this as motivation moving forward.”

The Canadiens got off to a good start with seven shots on goal on their first power play, but couldn’t capitalize on three chances in the first period with the man advantage. Things really fell apart for them in the second period when the Kings padded their two-goal lead with four more.

The Canadiens knew going in that the Kings are hard on the forecheck, Gorges said.

“They’re going to throw pucks to the net and they’re going to crash. They’re going to go for those second opportunities. And we just didn’t win the battles in the crease. It comes down to that. They’re going to get pucks there. We’ve got to fight for those secondary opportunities, clear the puck. (Carey Price) and (Peter Budaj) are always going to make the first save for us and they did again tonight. We let them down by not clearing away the second chances.”

The Canadiens had won five games in a row going into Tuesday’s tilt and were 9-0-1 in the previous 10 games.

“We’ve done a lot of good things lately,” said coach Michel Therrien. “And we’re going to put that one behind us and make sure that we’re going to come back with a good effort next game.”

You can listen to more of what Gorges had to say after the game here:

You can listen to Canadiens captain Brian Gionta here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. HabfaninTO says:

    Habs have a decent team but they are not a contender.
    They have several good pieces but need way more size and another consistent scorer to take that next level.
    The latest run was a perfect storm,the reality is they are a.500 hockey team.
    MB has a lot to sort and add before the Habs are in the serious conversation.

  2. billylove says:

    On a brighter note, at least we are not one of the real loser teams in the league and there are a few. Islanders are one, they are embarassing to watch.

  3. Mattyleg says:

    I hate to say it because I love Frankie, but we probably could have used Murray’s crease presence there tonight.

    That doesn’t mean that he would have been the difference, necessarily, but for a game where so many goals were scored from close in, the big fella would have been useful.

    In retrospect.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. scotland says:

    what am i blocked now ?

  5. scotland says:

    kings are built to win a stanley cup. habs line up tonight had 4 d in it the kings would not even dress. habs captain led his team in ice time tonight. on the kings he would be a healthy scratch. l.a played exactly the way the sens played the habs last year in the play offs and dominated every aspect of the game. what we saw tonight is what we will see in april if the habs make the play offs.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      I agree. Habs are built to win in the regular season, not the playoffs. It would be interesting to see if the Habs business model views a playoff experience as a successful season; perhaps they only need two post-season dates to ensure a profit. That would explain teams built to get there but no further.

  6. Chuck says:

    Meh. Most teams–even the really good ones–get embarrassed at least once per season. I’m just glad that it was to L.A. on a Tuesday instead of to Boston or Toronto on a Saturday.

    Anything is possible.

  7. ari says:

    I hope those 50% of too early to tell,made up their mind.

  8. Mattyleg says:

    Another comment of mine about being modded got blocked again.

    Can someone please explain to me why we aren’t allowed to comment on being modded?

    I didn’t use bad language, and I didn’t violate that “zero-tolerance policy regarding racism, profanity and behaviour that we deem to be offensive” that HI/O is governed by.

    I post here often and it is ridiculous that my posts are being deleted for no good reason.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. Timo says:

    On the bright side it’s good to know that MIchael Therrien saw a lot of good things. Kinda makes you want to look forward into the bright future.

  10. Timo says:

    Modded. Great. That’s awesome. I am glad we found the guilty party. Clap clap clap. Congratulation… don’t hurt yourself tripping with all that power.

  11. Mattyleg says:

    Only takes one loss, eh Timo?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. Mattyleg says:

    Think I’ll get modded here too, or is that just reserved for those who criticise Boone?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Los Angeles, San Jose, Calgary, Edmonton, Saint Louis, Colorado, and Nashville. What is it that’s common with all these teams: they are Western Conference teams.

    They are the teams that scored against the Habs with more than 2 goals.

    If Therrien would have to watch out for the tough teams in this league, it would the ones in the Western Conference.

    Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Ottawa, Washington, Tampa Bay: I think they can manage b/c Therrien knows how to use the players on this team. The problem is also on the teams that are at the bottom like Vancouver or Florida. For some reason, they seems to have more problems with these underated teams and I can’t even understand why?

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Don’t you have to beat the best team in the western conference sooner or later to win a championship? Isn’t that the point? It’s about winning championships, not beating Buffalo or New Jersey. Once upon a time Habs leadership built champions, not so much anymore. This team cannot win as it is currently built. I love the little winning streaks against lesser opponents, but tonight was instructional.

      • D Mex says:

        Team can’t win as currently built, I see.
        What, then, have we been watching the past 2 weeks ?
        > Better question, what have you been watching ?

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

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