MONTREAL - Here are a few key storylines from Wednesday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.
Good hockey, just missing the finish
After suffering their third straight loss, the Canadiens were lamenting the fact that they've been delivering some strong efforts but haven't seen the results they've been hoping for.
"The problem lately is not that we're playing bad hockey. It's that we're not finishing. And when you don't finish, you give the other team the chance to stay in the game and eventually, the things we saw tonight end up happening," outlined head coach Claude Julien. "So that's what's frustrating. But it's not because we're playing bad hockey; our chances are there, but we seem to have hit a wall in terms of our production."
Forward Nick Suzuki, who scored Montreal's lone goal of the game on the power play, agrees that the frustration is palpable but noted how important it is to look at the positives.
"It's definitely frustrating. We try not to let that get to us. We're just going through a bit of a drought putting the puck in the net, but we're getting our chances," shared Suzuki, who now has 10 points (6G, 4A) in 22 games. "I'm sure they're going to go in eventually."
Video: Nick Suzuki on the Habs' scoring chances
Handling the load
Despite playing a second game in two nights, Carey Price was sharp and turned aside 22 of the 24 shots he faced on Wednesday and said he wasn't impacted too strongly by the workload.
"It's not an easy task, but it's doable," said the Habs netminder, who played his 18th game of the season.
Meanwhile, Jesperi Kotkaniemi dressed for his third contest since returning from a groin injury and told reporters he was feeling better than before, but wasn't quite where he wants to be.
"It was better than the first 10, but I still didn't score," admitted Kotkaniemi, who registered a pair of shots, three hits, and one takeaway in 14:04 of action. "I had a few scoring chances tonight. We're going in the right direction.
"I try to be a good two-way player too. I'm trying to be the player the coach can use in the D zone and the O zone, so I try to do my best there."
Video: Kotkaniemi on wanting to contribute offensively
Called up earlier in the week from the AHL's Laval Rocket, forward Charles Hudon generated some scoring chances of his own and logged three shots on goal and one hit, and credited his work in Laval for his improved showing with the big club.
"With Joel Bouchard and Alex Burrows, we've talked a lot. I'm going to do my thing and the rest will come. So that's what I did today," explained Hudon, who leads the Rocket with nine goals this season. "The chances were there, it's just that I wasn't able to finish. But to work with my linemates, I think that helps me a lot."
Video: Charles Hudon on paying tribute to Guy Carbonneau
Kudos to Carbo
Before the game, the Habs paid tribute to former captain Guy Carbonneau, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.
Video: OTT@MTL: Canadiens pay tribute to Guy Carbonneau
Hudon, for his part, felt privileged to get to take part in the festivities for the three-time Stanley Cup and Selke trophy winner.
"It was good to see him before the game. I knew him in Chicoutimi," recalled the 25-year-old. "Guy and I saw each other often, so it's fun to see another Quebecer get inducted."
The Canadiens are scheduled to hold an 11:00 a.m. practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday.