While the Canadiens managed to walk away from Saturday night’s game with a point in hand, the overwhelming feeling following the match was that they should have had two. Barring the win in Winnipeg, fans have yet to see the Habs play their best hockey. The team, still confident and improving, isn’t looking to make any excuses.
“I definitely haven’t played the best, but sometimes these things happen and you just have to work through them,” explained P.K. Subban, who finished the night a minus-1. “In the end, I’ve only played 82 games in this league and that’s why I’m lucky enough to have guys who have a wealth of experience there to make sure I’m staying positive and on the right page.
“It’s just a matter a sticking with it. I came out today, had a tough practice and worked hard,” added Subban who was paired with Josh Gorges on Monday morning. “I know that I can play a lot better and I know my teammates also know it – that’s enough to help me stay confident.”
Across the dressing room, Carey Price offered up similar comments while discussing some adjustments that needed to be made.
“Today I mostly worked on some stick positioning and my five-hole because obviously there have been a few goals that have gone through my legs. Hopefully focusing on minor details like that will pay off tomorrow,” mentioned Price before sharing his philosophy on dealing with a tough loss.
“A little humble pie is good every once in a while. So you just eat your pie and carry on. Mistakes are going to be made out there; it’s inevitable. But as long as you make sure you bounce back, understand why you’re making the mistakes and learn from them, that’s the most important thing.”
Just two games shy of his 1,000th career NHL game, Hal Gill – the most seasoned veteran on the team – knows perhaps better than anyone what it takes to turn things around.
“It’s a matter of getting rid of second-guessing and getting rid of half-plays where we don’t fully commit. We have to have confidence in what we’re doing,” expressed Gill who spent the morning paired with rookie blue-liner Raphael Diaz. “Confidence comes from wins and wins come from confidence so we have to work on building that right now. Jacques says it all the time – it’s a process.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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