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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:
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