MONTREAL -- Responding a day after Senators head coach Dave Cameron chided Canadiens winger Brandon Prust for what he believed was a "cheap shot" on his goalie, Montreal head coach Michel Therrien had a different viewpoint.
"You have to give credit to [Craig] Anderson, he’s having an excellent series," Therrien said. "Our task is to continue to go hard to the net and get pucks on the net and make his job more difficult. ...
"Prust paid the price, he got poked on the rib. The problem was probably Anderson ended up poking the wrong guy."
The late-game incident led to Prust and Anderson skirmishing in his net, each player jabbing at the other with his stick.
"It's cheap, extremely cheap," said Cameron after the game. "Prust, I've known for a long time -- I think he's a real respectable guy, a real good player for a long time -- but that was cheap what he did tonight."
On Saturday, Therrien put the focus on Anderson.
"He's a guy that uses his stick a lot to hit guys in front of the net, but when he did it last night he didn’t pick the right guy," the Habs coach said.
Montreal has bigger issues on its hands than worrying about that stuff.
For starters, the power play went 0-for-3 Friday night and is now 1-for-19 in the series.
"When you come into the playoffs and you play a team often, they know your tendencies, they block a lot of shots because they know our tendencies," Habs winger Max Pacioretty said. "It comes down to a matter of getting out of our comfort zone and trying new stuff. Everyone has to be shooters and everyone has to be passers, we can't be predictable. If we have that five-on-five mentality hopefully we can pull through at the right time."
Habs winger Dale Weise believes the power play will show up when they need it most.
"We’ve dealt with that all year but I think in the big games when we’ve really needed our power play to step up for us, it’s done that for us," Weise said Saturday. "Obviously, it hasn’t produced right now but Ottawa has done a great job, give them credit. I think [Jean-Gabriel] Pageau has got about 50 blocked, he’s blocking everything. So credit their team, they’re doing a good job."
Game 6 goes Sunday at 6 p.m. ET at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
In Ottawa on Saturday morning, Cameron said he expected his full complement of players available to him for Sunday's game. Pageau and Clarke MacArthur were injured in Friday night's game and listed as day-to-day.