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MTL@EDM: About Saturday night...

The Canadiens fought back against the Oilers, but it wasn't enough to come out on top

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

EDMONTON - Here are a few key storylines from Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Oilers at Rogers Place.

'We felt like we beat ourselves'

The fact that his players battled back from multiple deficits for a second straight game didn't make things easier to digest for head coach Claude Julien.

He wasn't pleased with the number of penalties his group took against Edmonton, which ultimately swayed the momentum in the opposition's favor far too often.

Five minor infractions were handed out to the Canadiens, including a pair to forward Jordan Weal.

"I'm disappointed. We felt like we beat ourselves. Some really bad penalties in the offensive zone at bad times, and some really bad decisions," said Julien, after the Canadiens dropped their first game on the Western Canada road trip. "I don't think we were sharp tonight. It's as simple as that. You're seeing a team that never gave up, but at the end we only have ourselves to look at because we beat ourselves."

Video: Claude Julien's postgame press conference in Edmonton

The game plan heading into the contest was to stay out of the penalty box and avoid giving one of League's best power plays chances to operate.

While Edmonton scored just once on five opportunities with the man advantage, being short-handed again and again wasn't a recipe for success.

"We gave them what they wanted - the momentum and some power plays," added Julien. "Eventually, it came back to bite us."

Captain Shea Weber was certainly in agreement there.

"We took too many penalties, and then too many guys have to sit when we're killing," explained Weber. "Too many guys are working a lot harder than they should be when we're killing that long."

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Penalties killed tonight.#GoHabsGo

Bad starts hurt

The Canadiens found themselves in a tough spot again when they surrendered the first two goals of the game.

Knowing full well that getting off to good starts matters, it's one area of their play that needs further improvement.

"We're doing a lot of good things. I think the one thing we probably want to do is have better starts," said Weber. "Just a little bit better off at the start there and it'll stop us from having to dig out of a hole we're in."

Video: Shea Weber on the Canadiens' resiliency

Nevertheless, the Canadiens' resiliency was on full display again. There was zero quit all game long.

"I like for the most part what we're doing," said defenseman Ben Chiarot. "We gave up too many chances, but the resiliency we play with and how hard we play and how hard we work bodes well for us in the future."

Phillip Danault believes that's the case as well.

"I like the character we have, regardless of the score," said Danault. "If we can play like that for 60 minutes, it will definitely help us."

Video: Phillip Danault on getting into penalty trouble

A solid performance by Petry

Defenseman Jeff Petry registered the fourth three-point game of his NHL career on Saturday night.

In addition to scoring a short-handed goal, he also collected assists on the markers by Danault and Max Domi as well.

While the Michigan State University product has every right to feel good about his performance against his former team, he wasn't smiling after the final buzzer.

"It does feel good to score against them," said Petry. "But I wish it was in a win."

Video: Jeff Petry on scoring against his former club

Petry and the rest of his teammates will have a chance to redeem themselves on Monday night when they visit the Jets in Winnipeg in their final contest before the Christmas break.

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