Jake Allen, Nick Suzuki, Jake Evans and Martin St-Louis gave similar speeches. All three players and the head coach were talking small moral victories after another setback, a seventh in a row, 4-1 to Rangers. According to the captain, the CH played a very good first period despite a drought of more than 16 minutes without a shot.
“Our start was very good, our best for a long time. Total shots are not as important as the time you spend in the opposing zone. We wanted to get off to a better start and we did.”
– Nick Suzuki
Adam Fox tried to break Kirby Dach's cover in the second period.
The Canadiens have their own advanced statistics department. According to the naturalstattrick site, the Habs had eight dangerous chances to score against five for the Rangers. But we don't really remember the famous eight chances.
“If you look at the advanced stats, I looked at them soon after the game, I think the odds were 15 to 15. I would take that every game. I think we could have thrown more, but sometimes we tried to make the perfect play, one pass too many. Our 18 or 19 shots  doesn't tell the whole story. For the chances of scoring, I think we focus a lot on getting back on track. Today is a sign of commitment from the players on what the task was. And we will continue to work on this while trying to progress elsewhere. We're gonna take our time because we need to sort this out.”
– Martin St- Louis
It hit hard between Ryan Lindgren and Michael Pezzetta in the first period.
For the second year in a row, Nick Suzuki will represent the Canadiens in the All-Star Game which will take place February 3 and 4 at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise.
< strong>“It is an honor to return. I'm excited. But I want to focus on my team and our season. ”
– Nick Suzuki