Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The defender of the Sharks, Marc-Edouard Vlasic has scored one goal and one assist.
The Montreal canadiens has not yet reached the cap half of the season, but the team is in free fall and, more than ever, his players are aware of it. Which probably explains why they have to wait for the journalists for several minutes behind the door of the locker room, the time, it seems, to tell his four truths.
Back at the Bell Centre after an absence of three weeks, the men of Claude Julien has delivered another dismal performance in attack and suffered a setback of 4-1 at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.
Many fans have booed the Canadian during the third period, and the last five minutes were played in front of many empty seats, a sign of growing impatience among the supporters. And can be a form of despair to see the troupe in montreal out of this torpor.
The players were many in the locker room after the game and, if they acknowledged that they had spoken between them, they have avoided to enter into details. What you could feel, however, is the fact that it is high time that the situation changes within the training. And it will have to be done as a group.
“There is a way to win games, there is a way to play and today, it has not done so, said Charles Hudon.
“In a context like this, anything can help. In this case, there is nothing negative. Meetings such as this, it may just bring the positive in. It’s not the supporters that are angry, it is even more. We know that it is difficult to play in Montreal, but it is even more difficult to play that way, ” added Hudon.
The only purpose of the Canadian has been the work of Andrew Shaw and was listed as the team had a numerical superiority of two men late in the second period.
It is necessary to go back to 5: 19 min of the second period of the game last Wednesday against the Hurricanes of the Caroline to retrace the last goal of the Habs to equal forces. The honor was returned to Alex Galchenyuk.
And the men of Claude Julien did not even have to face Martin Jones, the goalkeeper number one of the Sharks. Peter DeBoer had instead chosen to trust Aaron Dell, and it has registered an eighth win in fifteen outings this season, and a sixth on.
It must be said that, with the exception of the first ten minutes of the game, the doorman of 28 years of Sharks has been very little put to the test, even if he faced 31 shots.
As for Carey Price, he was pushed out of 29 of the 33 pucks directed toward him and has once more done nothing wrong.
In addition to playing with his brio usual defensive, Marc-Édouard Vlasic has scored one goal and one assist and earned the first star of the game.
After contributing to the goal Joe Thornton (8th) in the first period, the defender montreal has scored the winning goal in the middle of the second period. It was his 4th goal of the season and first of his career against the canadiens, in his 14th match.
Timo Meier, who knows the good times for the past three weeks, has added its seventh and eighth of the season in an interval of 83 seconds between the end of the second period and the beginning of the third twenty.
Still 14th in the general classification of the association Is the Canadian (16-20-4) will try to get out of his torpor, but the task will be thankless, as the Tampa Bay Lightning will be the visitor Thursday night.
We will then, possibly, an idea of the impact of the small discussion between the players.
Echoes of locker room
Claude Julien, about the state of mind that he identifies with his players :
“I think there’s a lot of frustration. When there is frustration, the level of competition is not where it should be, and then the decisions. And the frustration makes it so that we take a lot of bad decisions on the ice. And it costs us goals, it costs us games. “
Max Pacioretty, about the inability of the Canadian to generate an attack supported :
“Our team is efficient when it uses its speed. We have the speed in our training. We need to exercise to failure before against the opponent, making the task difficult. We think to rely on more speed than most teams in the league. When we use this speed, we are able to create things on offense. This evening, it has not been the case. “
Phillip Danault, about the importance of staying united :
“It is important that it remains in the same boat. We may not see anyone leave the boat. There are still 42 games. There are still a lot of games. He must go period by period, game by game, and find a way to score goals. “