The Montreal Canadiens hit the ice last night for their first game in four months as they took on the Toronto Maple Leafs for an exhibition game.
It didn't start off well as the Canadiens gave up the first goal almost immediately and by the end of the night had also given up two short handed goals.
While the Canadiens did have flashes of looking good, however the power play was a complete disaster and the game ended 4-2 for the Leafs.
After the game head coach Claude Julien said there was one simple reason the team didn't win.
The team was too passive and that same attitude will kill them against the Penguins.
“I think when we were aggressive, we made things happen,” Claude Julien said. “We played passive a little too much tonight and gave a good team with a lot of skill and a lot of speed some time to make plays, and that’s where we got ourselves in trouble. And that’s what we’re going to be playing against next when we play Pittsburgh, another team with lots of offensive ability, good speed and they create a pretty good attack on turnovers. Tonight, when we got ourselves in trouble, it was because of that.”
There was one bright spot though for Julien and that was Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
“I think we definitely need to give him an opportunity here to gain his confidence, but as I said before, I think he’s heading in the right direction,” Julien said. “So that’s encouraging.”
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