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Sports In the Habs' room: 'We tried to do too much and it cost us' against the Kraken

20:25  27 october  2021
20:25  27 october  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Montreal Canadiens' Joel Armia and Jaden Schwartz of the Seattle Kraken battle for a loose puck during the first period in Seattle Oct. 26, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Montreal Canadiens' Joel Armia and Jaden Schwartz of the Seattle Kraken battle for a loose puck during the first period in Seattle Oct. 26, 2021.

What should nave been a good night for the Canadiens ended in disaster Tuesday.

The Canadiens had every reason to be optimistic as they opened a four-game road trip against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena.

They had momentum after routing Detroit 6-1 Saturday , they had captain Shea Weber on board as a cheerleader and they were facing an expansion team whose start to the season mirrored the Canadiens for futility.

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But Seattle was simply the better team as they took advantage of mistakes and outskated the Canadiens for a 5-1 victory .

“We shot ourselves in the foot on several occasions, and they took advantage of it,”  said coach Dominique Ducharme. “There were turnovers in dangerous areas, which caused attacks against us. We knew it, we were aware of it. And they made us pay for it. It changed momentum in the second period, and that made the difference.

“We talked before the game about the fact that they do not give easy zone entries,” said Ducharme. “We tried to do too much, and it cost us the game. We have to manage the game better, including our work in the neutral zone.”

Each of the five Kraken goals was the result of a turnover and/or a case of the Kraken using its speed to beat the Canadiens down the ice.

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Defenceman Jeff Petry said he was reminded of two other one-sided losses in the early going.

“It was the same game we played in Buffalo and at home against San Jose,” said Petry. “It just doesn’t work, and it’s frustrating. They are a team that works hard and has a style of play focused on a fast counterattack. We were too slow to react in the neutral zone and were second in the battles for the puck. We are disconnected (from each other).

“Everyone has good intentions but it is not always a question of working hard, but of working smart,” said Petry.

Josh Anderson said the lack of execution is the main concern.

“The coaches put together a game plan for every single night and it’s our job as players to go out and execute it and right now we’re not doing it,” said Anderson.  “Tonight, there  were too many turnovers in the neutral zone.”

Anderson said the Canadiens had some scoring chances and they were frustrated when they didn’t connect.

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One reason for that frustration was goaltender Phillip Grubauer. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and the Kraken lured him away from Colorado with a six-year deal with an annual cap hit of $5.9 million. He set the tone for this game early when he came across to make a leg save after Mike Hoffman set up Brendan Gallagher on an odd-man rush.

It was difficult to find  positives for the Canadiens.

Hoffman scored for the second consecutive game and Gallagher picked up an assist for his first point of the season.

Weber, who is out for the season with multiple injuries, flew from his home in Kelowna and joined his teammates at a Seattle Seahawks game Monday. He didn’t offer any updates on his health, but Jonathan Drouin suggested after the morning skate that the star defenceman had played his last game.

Drouin, who is the team’s leading scorer with five points, said it was important to begin this trip on the right foot but he failed to register a shot on goal and finished the night at minus-3.

Next up for the Canadiens is a Thursday rematch against the San Jose Sharks, who were 5-0 winners last week at the Bell Centre.

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