Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The Canadian has received a second setback in a row, bowing 2-0 to face the Blackhawks in Chicago, Saturday.
Players from Canada were frustrated after being unable to seize an opportunity to win a little ground in the race for the series, but the goalkeeper Carey Price was recalled that the team could not afford to let this feeling eat away from the inside.
The club has received a second setback in a row, bowing 2-0 to face the Blackhawks in Chicago on Saturday, and it has won only one of their last five meetings. This allowed the Hurricanes of Carolina and the Blue Jackets of Columbus to widen the gap between them and the Habs in the positions to obtain the two passes additional giving access to the series in the Association.
After beating the prognoses for most of the campaign, it is normal that the players on the Canadian are frustrated by the turn that took their season for a few weeks. Captain Shea Weber had the look particularly assassin after the defeat against the Blackhawks.
“I think everybody is frustrated, he admitted. We have to find a way to win. It is difficult. “
For his part, Price was a little more serene after the match, recalling that it was important that his teammates do not drop the arm.
“You have to play with the energy of despair, and it is necessary to keep a positive attitude. It serves no purpose to be negative or to take pity, said Price. You have to wake up tomorrow (Sunday) and rest. And then we’ll be back at work on Monday. It is necessary to keep the car running. “
The Canadian has passed the double of shots on goal as the Blackhawks, Saturday, without, however, succeed in conquering goalkeeper Corey Crawford. Among the 12 forwards in uniform, six-pass sequences of at least seven games without hitting the target — Tomas Tatar (seven), Joel Armia (seven), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (nine), Jonathan Drouin (16), Phillip Danault (16) and Nate Thompson (16).
“It would help to score goals. This is all I can say, ” replied Price when he was questioned about what was different in Canada since its slide began.
The numerical advantage of the Canadian continues to produce at a pace that is historically bad. Its effectiveness has slipped to 11.9 percent, the worst percentage in team history since statistics were recorded by the NHL, either in 1977-78.
The Habs scored one goal in power play in its last 10 games (1-for-25) and the team has won only four of those meetings.
“This is something that has been problematic throughout the season, acknowledged the defender Jeff Petry about the numerical advantage. We can’t stop working on it.
“Sometimes, we get to the time zone of your opponent, but we are forcing a game. Other times, we have difficulty in the entry area. We need to assemble all the pieces of the puzzle together. We can’t be good at zone entry, but take a single shot and it is finished. We need to put the pieces together and it is the responsibility of all the players who evolve on the digital advantage. “
If the players seemed to say they were short of solutions to revive the numerical advantage, coach Claude Julien had a vision a little more positive things.
“In recent weeks, the digital advantage creates opportunities, but we did not enjoy, he said. We do not collect not the washers around the net. “
As Julien that the players on the Canadian have to hope that the attack will begin to occur as early as Tuesday, when the Habs will visit the Philadelphia Flyers. Otherwise, the improbable could quickly become the impossible in the playoffs.