DETROIT -- The Habs didn't make it to the top of the division by focusing on the negatives.
Preferring to take away some lessons from every loss, the Canadiens already had a good idea of what they need to do better following the 4-2 decision in Detroit on Friday night. While they may own the best penalty kill in the league, they're hoping to get a little less practice on the PK on Saturday against the Leafs.
"We got ourselves into penalty trouble. When you take that many penalties, you don’t have a chance to get into the game and you don’t have a chance to get into the flow," explained Habs captain Brian Gionta
. "It was a big game and it was a big test for us and we needed to stay out of the box. When we played 5-on-5, I thought we controlled the play."
After taking six minor penalties in the first two periods, the Canadiens' enjoyed 20 minutes of even-strength hockey and outshot the Wings 19-3. The correlation wasn't lost on Mathieu Darche
"The most important thing for a team is to not lose two games in a row," warned Darche. "No matter what happened tonight, we have to move on. We'll try to carry the momentum we built in the third with us to Toronto."
Having lost two straight games only once all year, the Habs will be looking to rebound against the Leafs in a major way. According to Michael Cammalleri, there's no big secret to his team's ability to come out flying after a loss.
"I think it’s mostly that we don’t really like losing," underlined Cammalleri, who picked up an assist on Travis Moen
's opening marker. "When we lose, our sense of urgency probably goes up a little bit and our level of play rises a bit."
Despite seeing his team rally back in the third period, the 28-year-old winger wasn't ready to start searching for the silver lining just yet.
"I don’t think we’re a team that’s going to accept moral victories this year," he stated. "We’re a team that expects a little more out of ourselves than that."Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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