MONTREAL – Despite the final score, the Canadiens took plenty of positives from their Sunday matinee against the Thrashers. Leading the way with nine shots and the goal that sent the game into overtime, captain Brian Gionta
is hoping the game against Atlanta will be a stepping stone for bigger things to come.
“Considering where we’ve been the last couple of weeks, it was a pretty good effort. We got one point out of it. It’s about creating chances and it’s your play all around the ice,” explained Gionta, whose team peppered Thrashers netminder Ondrej Pavelec with a season-high 50 shots. “Coming out of slumps like this or stretches like this, you have to find things to build on and even though we didn’t get two points tonight, we did a lot of good things. We can build off some things we did tonight.”
After watching his team rally back from a two-goal deficit on Friday against the Panthers, head coach Jacques Martin was equally impressed at his team’s ability to bounce back and force overtime against the Thrashers two days later.
“I’m pleased with the way we’ve played the last two games; I think we’ve shown a lot of emotion and passion. We’re back to driving the net and we have a good net presence,” offered Martin. “We created a lot of good scoring chances. You don’t always control the results, but I think with the process, we’re going in the right direction.”
The newest Hab on the roster, James Wisniewski has already proven to be a key part of that process in his first three games with the Canadiens. Racking up five points in the past two games, including a pair of assists on Sunday afternoon, the 26-year-old defenseman is excited about what he’s seen from his new team.
“We can take a lot of positive things out of tonight. [Pavelec] stopped a lot of the first shots and the rebounds seemed to be just a little bit out of our reach,” explained Wisniewski, who enjoyed 21:47 in his first home game with the Canadiens. “We can learn from tonight and if we keep playing like this, we’re going to come out on top more often than not.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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