MONTREAL – With five games left to play, the fun has only just begun for the Canadiens.
A few weeks back, all signs pointed to the playoff race in the Eastern Conference coming down the wire and now it’s clear that this battle is far from over. While the Canadiens have quickly gone from looking ahead in the standings to looking into the rearview mirror of late, their mission hasn’t changed.
Still in full control of their own destiny, the Habs are now facing five remaining games about as big as games can get at this time of year. As frustrating as a loss to the lowly Hurricanes is – especially at this crucial time of the season – the Canadiens know it’s not time to panic now.
“We were doing everything right and the results just weren’t coming,” shrugged Hal Gill. “Sometimes when you’re doing all the right things and it’s not working out, you start doing the wrong things because what you’re doing isn’t getting it done. I think we were guilty of that tonight. We know what we need to do the rest of the way to get this done.”
Chief among those is Carey Price
, who delivered his second-straight solid outing without the results to show for it. Opponents hoping the young goalie’s confidence is shaken can think again.
“All I can do is play well,” said a defiant Price, looking nothing like a guy in need of a pep talk. “If I’m not rewarded on a night I play a strong game so be it.”
Price wasn’t the only one pleased with his play against the pesky ‘Canes.
“Carey played a great game and made some big saves to give us a chance to win in the third,” said Michael Cammalleri. “We’re just as frustrated as the fans that we didn’t win tonight.”
While the mood was far from chipper in the Habs dressing room, one ultimate competitor reminded everyone what springtime hockey is all about.
“We can’t forget that this is what makes hockey so great at this time of year,” said a determined Price who seemed like he was ready to put his wet equipment back on and face the Flyers right then and there. “This is what we play for all year. But this will all be even more fun if the final outcome we want is there.”Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.See also:Habs edged by CanesVote for the stars of the gameBulldogs report – March 31, 2010 The Numbers game - March 31, 2010 The AHL is also loving themselves some Subban