MONTREAL - Here are a few key storylines from Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Rangers at the Bell Centre.
'That can't happen'
There's no denying it. When you're leading a hockey game 4-0, you shouldn't come away on the wrong side of the scoresheet.
But, that's exactly the way things ultimately played out versus New York. And as a result the Canadiens are now winless in their last four games.
During the postgame media availability, Claude Julien's players took full responsibility for affording their opponents multiple opportunities to stage an impressive comeback on their home turf.
"That can't happen. We know within this locker room that you've got to be able to play a full 60 in this League if you want to win. It's a good hockey team over there. They stuck with it. We knew they were going to hang around, and they did," said Max Domi, who scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season in a losing effort. "When you've got a team down like that, you have to put them out of it completely. We weren't able to do that tonight. We've got be better and we know that, and we will be better."
Video: Max Domi on letting the Rangers back in the game
Assistant captain Brendan Gallagher didn't mince words when sharing his thoughts on the final result.
He echoed Domi's disappointment and insisted that players have to rise up to overcome the kind of adversity the team is dealing with at the moment.
"The only thing we can do is learn from it and never let it happen again. We have to make sure, to a man, that we have better efforts," stated Gallagher. "That's where you find out what kind of group you have. Anyone can play well when things are going right. Right now things aren't going right for us. Now we find out who we can count on in tough times. There's a lot of belief in this group, but it's important for us to show up and be accountable for your teammates. I think this is a really good opportunity for us to show that."
Video: Brendan Gallagher on a disappointing loss to New York
For his part, Carey Price qualified the defeat as "tough to swallow" after surrendering three goals in the second period and another three in the third.
But the seven-time All-Star knows all too well that parking the loss and focusing on Tuesday night's encounter with the Atlantic Division rival Boston Bruins is all that matters going forward.
"We get back to work on Monday, regardless of what happened, and move on to the next game," said Price. "You can't dwell on this too long."
Where did things go wrong?
Goal scoring certainly wasn't a problem for the Canadiens on Saturday night.
After netting six goals in their previous three games combined, they put five pucks past Rangers starter Alexandar Georgiev.
Julien was happy to see that, of course, but he wasn't at all pleased with their defensive work.
"We have to tighten up defensively. We're not hard enough. We don't kill plays. We weren't good backchecking at all tonight," explained Julien, during his postgame press conference. "We played against a team that was hungry, even if they played [on Friday night]. It's another reason why it's unacceptable. After three games without a win, we should have been hungry. We shouldn't let these things happen. It's unacceptable… The urgency to score isn't bad. The urgency to defend isn't good enough. That's where we've got to get better."
Domi, Lehkonen deliver offensively
Apart from the final score, Max Domi's first game back at center on a line with Nick Suzuki and Artturi Lehkonen was a success.
Domi snapped a nine-game goal drought in a big way with a pair of markers, and Lehkonen enjoyed a two-goal game of his own as well.
The trio combined to generate four goals, eight points and a plus-8 differential against New York.
Captain Shea Weber scored the club's other goal.
Unfortunately, the Canadiens still went 0-for-5 on the power play which can always hurt your cause in the end.