MONTREAL - The Canadiens simply couldn't find a way to solve Jonathan Quick on Thursday night - and it resulted in their seventh regulation loss of the year.
Claude Julien's fired 40 shots on the Los Angeles Kings' netminder, but not a single one found the back of the net in a 4-0 defeat at the Bell Centre.
It marked the second time in eight days that the Canadiens had come up short against John Stevens' contingent after falling in the City of Angels last week.
It also marked the second time that they'd been blanked through 10 games so far this season, as the struggles in the goal scoring department continue.
"It's disappointing for everyone. We all feel that way. I thought that for 19 minutes in the first period, anyone who knows hockey saw that we were the better team. In the last minute, though, we gave up two goals that really hurt us," said Julien, referencing the Kings breaking things open when Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli scored two goals just 11 seconds apart in the latter stages of the opening frame. "The only thing we can do now is continue to work and hope that pucks are going to go in the net like they should. It's been a long time since I've seen a team with a shooting percentage this low. I don't think it can continue like that."
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Neither do Julien's charges, who continue to insist that things will eventually go their way with a more concerted effort down low.
"I'm not sure when we'll get a bounce or how we'll get a bounce, or how we'll work through this to get rewarded, but I do know that being negative and feeling sorry for ourselves won't dig us out of this," insisted captain Max Pacioretty, who amassed a team-leading eight shots on goal. "We got the chances, but we weren't able to score. Quicky played great, but we've still got to make life harder on the goalie. We feel like we deserved better, but at the same time I think we've got to make life harder on their defenseman and their goalies to get some dirty goals and hopefully that can help us win games."
Video: Max Pacioretty on the loss to the Kings
In the meantime, defenseman Jeff Petry stressed the importance of staying on task during these rather trying times.
"We all need to be positive in here and stick with each other because I've seen when teams get on each other and things start to unravel," mentioned Petry. "It's not a good feeling to be a part of, so I think we need to stick together in here and take positives out of every game and know that there's things we need to work on and get better at."
Video: Jeff Petry on the Canadiens' struggles