Seven. That’s how many times the Habs have found themselves behind in a series this spring, including three times against both Pittsburgh and Washington. After seeing the Flyers draw first blood in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Canadiens don’t have to look very far for inspiration.
“It’s all a matter of adjusting our game. We need to adapt and play a team game the way we did when were successful in the first two rounds,” said head coach Jacques Martin. “We will of course have to be better on special teams. We need to remember that what got us here was our ability to compete and work together as a group.”
Anyone with designs of swan-diving off the Canadiens bandwagon after one game should also not overreact to the fact that Jaroslav Halak was pulled. The Habs' playoff hero did after all get the hook against both the Caps and Pens before still emerging as the difference-maker in each of those series triumphs.
“We’ve all seen Jaro have a tough game like this and then come right back and stop a ton of pucks and dominate,” recalled Michael Cammalleri. “We all expect to be better, but one game doesn’t make a series.”
If anything, the Habs' seemingly humbling 6-3 loss to the defending Cup champions in Game 1 of the previous round is a prime example of that.
“This game definitely reminded me of that first one in Pittsburgh,” underlined Cammalleri. “That night, we saw them bury us with a bunch of goals on the power play, like tonight. It all comes down to execution and we know that. Frustration isn’t the right word. If we get frustrated that won’t help us.”
With every reason to be ticked on a night that saw him pick up a pair of costly penalties, Scott Gomez could only look ahead to Game 2, having seemingly forgotten Game 1 by the time the media horde infiltrated the Habs’ dressing room.
“We need to be better, it’s as simple as that. We’ve adjusted and adapted well since we started this and we need to do that again,” said Gomez. “But we can’t lose sight of the fact it’s only one game.”
While losing 6-0 isn’t much fun at any time of year, the final damage didn’t change anything about what the Habs need to do come Game 2 on Tuesday night.
“In the playoffs, a 1-0 loss in OT is the same as 6-0 or even a 10-0 loss. You need to put it behind you, let it go and come out ready to go,” prescribed Gomez. “We’ll get our game plan together and we’ll be ready.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
Jacques Martin post-game
The Numbers Game - May 16, 2010
Scott Gomez Post-Game Sound
Mike Cammalleri Post-Game Sound
Hal Gill Post-Game Sound
PK Subban Post-Game Sound