Speed bump

Thursday, 18.11.2010 / 10:45 PM / News
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Speed bump
MONTREAL – The Canadiens won’t be dwelling on their 3-0 loss to the Predators, but they won’t be forgetting it, either.

Despite firing 30 shots on Nashville goaltender Pekke Rinne in the outing, the Habs weren’t able to solve the 28-year-old Finn on Thursday night. But it wasn’t just scoring the guys felt they were lacking against the Preds.

“They played a pretty good game, but I don’t think we were at the level that we should have been or that we could be,” admitted Hal Gill, who had a game-high five blocked shots in the outing. “The little things that we should do well, we just weren’t sharp on. Winning some battles and the little details weren’t there.”

The Habs’ head coach couldn’t agree more with his assistant captain’s assessment.

“It wasn’t the Xs and Os that were the problem tonight,” underlined Jacques Martin. “It was a lack of intensity, determination and a desire to win those tough battles and go into high-traffic areas that cost us.”

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The two points may have escaped the Habs, but the team wasn’t about to let the lesson from the loss slip away after the game.

“I think they played a pretty simple, sound style. I would assume they’re pretty happy with the way they played, but we have some pretty disappointed people in this room with the way we played tonight, for sure,” offered Michael Cammalleri, who saw a team-high 21:17 in the contest. “You can write up every excuse and give every reason for it, but I would just say our level of focus and determination wasn’t where it needs to be to win in the National Hockey League.”

Despite his young age, 25-year-old defenseman Alexandre Picard had some veteran words of wisdom to help his team put the last 60 minutes behind them.

“[Rinne] made some good stops, but on some plays if our guys have their sticks on the ice or they put them at a slightly different angle, it’s a different game,” explained Picard. “That’s hockey. There are 82 games in the regular season. You have to just learn from this one and move on to the next.”

Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.


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