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Ducharme: 'We want to be more consistent'

Interim head coach Dominique Ducharme, Nick Suzuki and Joel Armia met the media ahead of Game 2 against the Golden Knights

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

LAS VEGAS - Interim head coach Dominique Ducharme spoke with reporters via Zoom shortly before Wednesday's morning skate at T-Mobile Arena.

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He was followed by forwards Nick Suzuki and Joel Armia.

Here are a few highlights from their respective chats:

Ducharme on the Canadiens' adjustments for Game 2:

We liked our first period in the series-opener. We want to be more consistent in the way we play. We want to repeat what we did in the first period for the entire 60 minutes tonight. We want to be more effective with the puck, and we want to be more active and dynamic in terms of supporting the puck carrier. Those are the kinds of details that will help us be more consistent for 60 minutes.

Video: Ducharme on the health status of his injured players

Ducharme on the status of Jeff Petry, Jake Evans and Jon Merrill for Game 2:

There's a possibility that all three guys can play. We'll see how they're feeling. Every case is different. We'll evaluate them after the morning skate. We may even make some decisions after the pre-game warmup.

Suzuki on dealing with the Golden Knights' physicality:

I just trust that I can play with these bigger guys. I know I'm a strong kid. I can take hits and make plays. Pretty much everyone in the NHL is a good player growing up and they've always been targeted, so you know guys are going to be coming at you hitting you extra. It's not too big of a deal.

Video: Suzuki and Armia on making adjustments for Game 2

Suzuki on Las Vegas quickly becoming a hockey city:

I'm not surprised. They did a great job of bringing in interest right before the team was even selected. They had a great plan from the start when I was drafted. You could tell there was buzz and energy about the team. You could see it in their games. The crowd's great to play in front of, even for the away team. It gave us a lot of energy. It's been fun to play here. They've done a great job of putting the team out here and the fans really embrace them.

Armia on playing with Eric Staal and Corey Perry:

It's been a lot of fun playing with those two guys. They're both big and strong guys, who can hang onto the puck. They're also really skilled players, so it's been fun to play with them.

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Armia on watching his native Finland battle Russia in Euro 2020 action on Wednesday:

We watched it while eating breakfast. So far, they've done a pretty good job in the tournament. It's fun to see Finland playing in the Euros. I don't think Romy [Russian defenseman Alexander Romanov] watches football, so he didn't have anything to say.

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