Fly on the Wall - Dec. 2, 2008
Déjà vu for Hainsey
Atlanta defenseman Ron Hainsey has watched this scene play out before. Though Hainsey, Montreal’s first round draft pick in 2000, may be used to the scenery at the Bell Centre, he would have preferred a happier ending for his skidding club.
“Obviously you don’t want to ever be down 3-0 here, but it wasn’t horrible. We really had energy going into the third and they seemed laid back a little so we got back in it, but you know… this has been our pattern of late,” explained Hainsey, who played a career total 32 games with Montreal over two seasons. “We’re making mistakes that if you want to compete at any level in this league you simply cannot make. It’s that basic.”
Quebec export Perrin’s glass seems to be half-full
Laval native Eric Perrin was looking for positives wherever he could find them. While losing is a tough pill to swallow, the 5-foot-9 centerman preferred to focus on what went well for his Thrashers.
“We know we’re the underdogs in every game and when we put an effort in like what we had tonight and we still fall short, it’s demoralizing. The comeback goals came quick, though, especially here against these guys, so hopefully that’s something we can build on and take with us to Ottawa tomorrow.”
Coach John Anderson would rather lead than follow
First year Thrashers head coach John Anderson was pleased with his club’s effort, but he knows that close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades and the NHL doesn’t give out points for almost coming back.
“That’s kind of been the story of our year. We’ve had a couple of bad bounces at critical times, but we can’t let them get up 3-0 either. All year we’ve been coming back but the big thing is to get out and have a lead. Montreal is a very difficult place to play – the crowd is really loud and it’s exciting – but if you get down 3-0 against the Montreal Canadiens, you’re in trouble.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com