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The player on the Canadian Max Domi fought farm with a player from the Islanders for control of the puck, on Thursday in New York.
Claude Julien had said earlier this week that the last line would be a baptism of fire for his young nucleus, and this was the case Thursday night, when the Canadian has been completely downgraded by the New York Islanders in the first period.
Forward Andrew Shaw said after the meeting that some of the trios or the players were sometimes evenings off, which explained the lack of success of the team for a few weeks.
Shaw repeated the same words after training on Friday, while allowing also a self-critique. “I also have to hear it. I haven’t been perfect every night, recognized Shaw. We need to take our responsibilities. We need to go to the rink and work, we have to go to a last effort. We live our series when we want to climb the leaderboard. “
Claude Julien has to be recalled that it was normal that the players critique each other. “The teams that are successful know how to separate the personal from the professional,” said the coach. When your best friend within the team does not do his share, you tell him. This is not personal, it’s professional. When the guys understand that, when they are able to separate these things, it usually turns in your favor. “
Carve out a place in the series
A part of the core of the team is racing for the first time in the series in the NHL. This includes of course the rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi, but also players such as Max Domi and even Brendan Gallagher.
“At this time of the season, we were usually qualified for a good time or already eliminated, recalled Gallagher. It is a new situation for many members of the team. We must seize this opportunity, be prepared to meet this challenge. This is an opportunity to succeed something special. “
“You need to think about all the work done since the beginning of the season. If we are not able to give a little more, everything that we have done so far will have been for nothing, ” said Shaw, who has known of the races in the series during his years with the Chicago black hawks.
To move at top speed, the Canadian will have to find the foundations that have made its success up here. According to Julien, the fatigue has nothing to do with the slump of his team for a month, even if she has played in eleven of his last fifteen matches abroad. The Canadian has presented a record of 6-9-0 during this sequence.
“We need to be better in the small details, said Julien. It can mean to be better prepared to face a tough opponent right from the first period. You need to be ready to finish games. Go back to support the defenders, the failure front, the back down quickly to create turnovers, these are things that you need to apply, otherwise it could hurt you. “
Julien has thus placed special emphasis on the battles along the ramps and around the net during an intense workout on Friday. He had also reworked a bit of his trios.
Artturi Lehkonen was to the left of Max Domi and Andrew Shaw, while Jonathan Drouin was back on the left side of Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia. The first unit was still composed of Tomas Tatar, Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher, and the fourth, Paul Byron, Nate Thompson, and Jordan Weal.
Mike Reilly was the defender too. The goalkeeper Carey Price was the only player absent from the ice at the Bell sports Complex.
The Canadian is set to host the Blackhawks on Saturday at the Bell Centre. It will be another match that is critical in the playoffs.