A new beginning
Beaten in every facet of the game in their worst playoff shutout loss in nine decades, the Canadiens can’t hit the ice soon enough for Game 2. With plenty to forget from their 6-0 loss on Sunday, the Habs know they have a truckload of things to learn from the way they handed the Flyers a 1-0 series lead.
“We didn’t play Game 1,” said Hal Gill looking like a far less gentle giant than usual. “Instead, we beat ourselves in a lot of areas. We didn’t battle or compete. [Michael] Leighton played well but we didn’t test him, really. We need to spend more time in their zone and get more pucks on net.”
Rusty? Too rested? Regardless of what the root cause of the Canadiens’ sputtering start to this series was, Gill’s neighbor in the dressing room and on the Habs blue line, Josh Gorges, was just as unimpressed with what he and teammates did and didn’t do on Sunday.
“For whatever reason, we didn’t compete the way we all know we can,” said Gorges who had an uncharacteristic solitary blocked shot in Game 1. “Did we think this was going to be easy, who knows? They’ve got a good team over there. If you don’t show up, you get embarrassed and that’s what happened. When they came at us, we didn’t push back. Our fight wasn’t there. Our game is all about getting to loose pucks, battling and doing the little things.”
If ever paying the price isn’t enough, Maxim Lapierre knows exactly what else his team could use in Game 2.
“More energy is what we need tonight,” said Lapierre, the team’s primary energy source. “It wasn’t a question of respecting them too much, but we definitely watched them a little too much in Game 1. We need to take the play to them this time and set the tempo.”
Collectively picking themselves off the mat for the umpteenth time of this season - not to mention postseason - the Habs don’t sound anything like a team interested in heading back home in a 0-2 series hole.
“We just need to get back to the mindset that got us here and play with the determination and desperation we have throughout these playoffs,” said Gorges. “Bouncing back from adversity is what we’ve done all year long. We don’t sulk. Not in this room.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
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