Fly on the Wall - Jan. 15, 2009
Bonk finally starts scoring for the Canadiens
Former Habs forward Radek Bonk was surprisingly solemn after playing the hero for the Canadiens on Thursday night, helping his former team out by deflecting Andrei Markov’s blast - into the back of his own net for the game-winner.
“Oh my God, are you kidding me? It’s unfortunate to play well enough to win and get lots of chances but then lose because of a couple of bad bounces. It’s too bad, but it happens. We had chances and didn’t bury them and that’s the difference.”
Pekka Rinne has a great name
Predators goalie Pekka Rinne may soon be asking his teammates to stop blocking shots. With two of the Canadiens’ three goals bouncing in off Nashville players, the Finnish netminder couldn’t believe his luck or lack thereof.
“It seems like there have been a lot of those kinds of bounces lately but that’s the game; sometimes you’re lucky, sometimes you’re not. It doesn’t feel great to lose the game like that.”
Dumont enjoys some home ice advantage
Montreal native J.P. Dumont was feeling right at home at the Bell Centre after scoring for the first time since December 8 with a second-period deflection to snap a 16-game drought. After the game, the winger admitted that he had a little extra motivation heading into the match-up.
“Well it’s Montreal, but no matter where we’re playing, that was a huge goal for me. I’ve had some great chances in the last few games that didn’t want to go in and that was just a lucky tip that decided to go in. The thing is, we knew they were going to come hard. They have a lot of skill and speed but they got a few good bounces and that cost us the game.”
Trotz wants a parting gift
After having his modest win streak snapped at one, Nashville head coach Barry Trotz was disappointed to be leaving the Bell Centre with nothing to show for his team’s trip to Montreal.
“We had enough chances to win, but we gave up too many. We felt like we should have gotten at least a point tonight in this building – overtime or shootout or something like that – but we didn’t. That’s hockey.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com