WINNIPEG - The Canadiens posted a 5-3 win over the Jets on Wednesday night at Bell MTS Place to take a 1-0 series lead.
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Following the game, Corey Perry, Joel Edmundson, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and interim head coach Dominique Ducharme spoke with reporters via Zoom.
Here are a few highlights from their respective chats:
Perry on what impressed him most about Montreal's performance in the series-opener:
Our start. It's not easy coming off a Game 7, the high, and getting ready for Game 1 of a new series and a new opponent only two days later. The way we came out in that first 10 to 15 minutes, the way we battled and the way we played, we got a couple of early goals and that kind of set the tone for us.
Video: Corey Perry on the Canadiens' strong start
Perry on the notable offensive contribution of the Habs' defensemen with six assists:
As the season has gone along, we've practiced quite a bit having our defensemen involved in the offensive zone, getting it high, shots to the net, shots through. They made some great plays. You don't see Shea Weber going on a breakaway too often. It was an all-around solid team effort.
Edmundson on Mark Scheifele's hit on Jake Evans after he scored an empty-netter:
It was a dirty hit, but the League is going to take care of it. If he gets back in the series, we're going to make his life miserable, but I think the League is going to do a good job with that.
Video: Edmundson on facing the Jets as a Manitoban
Edmundson on the personal significance of playing the Jets in the playoffs being a Manitoba native himself:
Lots of my family members, they're all Jets fans until I come to town. It's the same thing with a lot of my friends. All of Manitoba, it's a huge hockey spot. When the Jets came back, it was obviously a huge deal. To be able to play against them, and see my family once in a while, it's kind of nice. It's always nice to get a win against them.
Kotkaniemi on the importance of Evans to the success of the group:
He's a great guy in the room. He's a super funny guy. He keeps the energy up in the room. He's one of those guys, when you want to win a game, when you want to get a goal or make sure that the other team isn't scoring, you put him out there. He's just one of those guys you want out there.
Video: Kotkaniemi on his conversation with Corey Perry
Kotkaniemi on the hit on Evans:
It's disgusting. Players should have a little respect for the other players out there. I'm not saying anything more than that.
Ducharme on the hit on Evans:
You never want to see a player on the ice like that. We experienced that in Toronto with John Tavares. That was an accident. Both teams were hoping that he was doing well. I didn't get that same feeling from the other side tonight.
Video: Dominique Ducharme on Jake Evans' health status
Ducharme on what he appreciated about the Canadiens' solid performance:
Our consistency all game long and the way we played on both sides of the puck. It was the type of game that we wanted to play, especially after Game 7 against Toronto. We wanted to start with a good level emotion, even if it was Game 1. We were in the right place and we were in control. That's why we won. I really liked the way we played.