Brossard, QC -- Following the Bruins' 4-2 win in Game 3, Canadiens goalie Carey Price said he thought his team’s slow start was a result of lack of focus at the Habs’ game day skate Monday morning.
“I don't think we were focused enough to start the game," Price said Monday night. "I think it all started in the morning skate. We were fooling around too much."
On Wednesday, following the Canadiens practice, head coach Jacques Martin and Price’s teammates didn’t necessarily blame the game day skate but they agreed that the team needs to be more focused.
“I think when you look at the series so far, the competition is so good that you have to be at the top of your game,” Martin said. “All three games have been within a goal and I think it’s a good observation as far as we had some poor execution early in the game. They’re a good hockey club and they didn’t finish first in the division by not being good. We expect a tough series and I think it will continue to be that way as far as see-saw and you need to have every component of your game, you need to be on top.”
Mike Cammalleri wasn’t putting much stock in the game day skate but admitted the focus was not there for the start of the game on Monday night.
“I don’t mind that, it’s OK that he voices his opinion and Carey is an emotional guy,” Cammalleri said. “As far as that goes, the morning skate and practices, we’re all different but I think it’s really important as a group that we have that focus we need heading into the game. I’ve seen us come out loose in the morning and then end up playing a really focused and determined game and then I’ve seen us come out business like in the morning and then play the opposite. So I don’t know that there’s an answer for how you come to the rink in the morning but for me it’s important that we do pay attention to detail and that will get us as ready as we need to be.”
Defenseman Hal Gill was asked about maybe being home and around family and friends can serve as a distraction?
“You take your time away from the game and you enjoy being home,” Gill said. “It’s nice to sleep in your own bed and it’s nice to get that rest but when it comes time to work we have to be ready to work. The drop of the puck tomorrow night is when we have to go. There’s no time to wake up, we have to go and we let that slip a little bit last game. For whatever reason it is, it can’t happen and we have to be sharp. Hopefully we learned our lesson there.”