Another match, another defensive brigade cut to pieces. Once again, last night, the Canadian deployed all his arsenal in attack: two goals on the power play, another short of a man, already the fifth of the season, and one last on equal strength.
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There may not have been 21,302 spectators in the Bell Center, but you can already feel the enthusiasm of the fans in the cottages of Quebec. But it would be wrong to get carried away too quickly. At least that is Shea Weber’s opinion.
“It’s a very good start. We took advantage of our chances, but it wasn’t our best effort, far from it. It’s a good sign to play like this and win anyway. We still have to tighten things up, ”said the Canadiens captain.
However, the Habs are not doing everything wrong in their territory. The proof is that many of the goals he has scored since the start of the season originate very close to Carey Price.
The players are tough on themselves and that’s fine. It is the prerogative of the champion teams. Nevertheless, Claude Julien seems satisfied with what he sees. He considers that his troops have greatly tightened their game since the start of the season.
“We have greatly improved in our area. Previously, guys entering second wave weren’t necessarily covered. It gave the opponent opportunities. Same thing in the enclave. There is still work to be done, but we were much better tonight [hier] than in the first six games, ”argued the Franco-Ontarian.
Whether it’s because of their successes or because they don’t have to have journalists in their face every day, Habs players seem to have a lot of fun hitting the ice.
The smile they wore when first responders introduced them to the ice showed the camaraderie within the group.
Another clue that the ties seem tight is this intervention of Joel Edmundson and Shea Weber, deep in Flames territory. Seeing that Paul Byron, Jake Evans and Artturi Lehkonen were passing foul-smelling gloves in their faces, they did not hesitate to intervene.
“It tells me that we have a group of players who stick together. They are determined to stay strong as a group, said the CH coach. We have players who stand up for others. It’s important, it gives everyone confidence. ”