In the Habs room: ‘We were dominated,’ admits Brendan Gallagher

Canadiens fall to 5-14-2 on the season after a 6-3 loss to the Capitals in which they couldn’t get over another slow start.

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Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said the Canadiens had to do a better job of turning things around after they fell behind early in their 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at Capital One. Sand.

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“Those two quick goals were on our heels,” Ducharme said. “We can’t wait to get back to the room (to make adjustments). I talk to the players and they talk to themselves. We come (after intermission) and we are better, but we have to do it within the game. We have to have those reactions after they score a goal, after a couple of turns where the other team is not gaining momentum. We have to turn this around faster.

“When you go down the track, it gets even worse, it becomes a kind of snowball and we have to avoid that,” added Ducharme.

In fact, the Canadiens never changed things in this game. They allowed two goals in the first 10 minutes and all that talk in the locker room produced no results because Washington scored the first goal in every period and all of Montreal’s goals were scored in the last three minutes of a period.

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The Canadiens were hoping to bring some momentum to this game after beating the Nashville Predators 6-3 at home on Saturday, but Jake Evans summed up the performance Wednesday by saying, “This wasn’t the same team.”

Evans and his linemates, Brendan Gallagher and Artturi Lehkonen, were the best players the Canadians had. Evans scored one goal and won nine of his 14 meetings. Gallagher played his usual tough game and set up two goals, while Lehkonen scored for the second straight game and added an assist. He has eight points in his last eight games.

But Evans and Gallagher were disappointed.

“We started this journey with a good frame of mind but we were in control,” Gallagher said. “We cannot find excuses. We didn’t play well enough and we deserved what happened to us. “

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Evans, who is being asked to play the role of Phil Danault as a tight center, was unhappy with the defensive play of the line.

“Our line is built to make life difficult for the opponent and we haven’t been there that often this season, let alone in the first period tonight,” Evans said. “We weren’t intense enough in our battles for the record. I always want to contribute to the offense, but when I’m on the ice for three goals with the other team, I’m not happy with my performance.

The Canadiens’ other goal was scored by Cole Caufield and was the first in 13 NHL games this season.

“It was good to get that first goal,” said Caufield, who last experienced a goal drought like this when he was in high school in 2016. “I liked my game tonight, but winning is much more important than my stats. personal. “

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With the loss, the Canadiens fell to 5-14-2 and while there are some folks delusional enough to think this team can compete for a playoff spot, the math says otherwise.

They fell nine points behind fourth-place Detroit Red Wings, but more importantly, they’re eight behind fifth-place Bruins and Boston has five games in hand.

Jake Allen returned to action after missing four games with a concussion and allowed six goals on 34 shots, which didn’t help his goal-against average or save percentage. He didn’t get much help from his teammates and this was the ninth time in 21 games that the Canadiens have given up five or more goals.

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