The Canadian |  Good humor, an element at the heart of success

The Canadian | Good humor, an element at the heart of success

(Brossard) After 15 games, the Montreal Canadiens are in the game, because they fight with pride night after night.

Posted at 10:54 a.m.
Updated at 2:34 p.m.

Alexis Belanger-Champagne
the canadian press

The Montreal squad has surprised since the start of the campaign. Her 8-6-1 record puts her at the heart of the playoff race. And while it’s still early in the season to get going, some factors behind the team’s success are encouraging for the rest of the schedule.

“We are in all the games. We didn’t have a bad, bad game, defender David Savard said Monday. We show up every night and give ourselves a chance to win the game. The merit belongs to everyone. »

In their seven defeats, the Habs lost four times by one goal, if we exclude the opponent’s goals in an empty net. He also won three times when he allowed the first goal and twice when he fell behind in scoring after two periods.

Canadian players never give up. They attribute much of this attitude to the fact that they enjoy working together.

“It’s nice to come to the arena and spend time with teammates,” said Kirby Dach, who has scored four goals and 10 assists so far in his first season with the Canadiens. The culture here is very good. The youngsters mix well with the veterans. It is important.

“We are successful because the players are very close to the ice. I really do,” she added.


Kirby Dach and David Saverd

The contagious enthusiasm of the coaches helps create a climate conducive to learning. The atmosphere in training clashes with what has been observed over the years, until last winter, when the defeats accumulated at a frenetic pace.

“It was getting heavy in the arena,” Savard admitted of the 2021-22 campaign. It’s the opposite this season. After a loss or a win, we go out on the ice to work, play and improve.

“Everyone comes to the arena and wants to be there,” the Quebecer continued.

This positive environment has allowed Dach to thrive, especially since joining Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki. In seven games with them he has scored 11 of his 14 points this season.

It also allowed the many young defenders to relax and establish themselves as important pieces of the team.

“There are going to be tougher times, but we wanted to create an environment where they could grow,” head coach Martin St-Louis said. The NHL is a tough league. It can get heavy. Our approach is to tell them it’s okay to make mistakes and keep working.

“We want a family environment where they feel supported. We want players they can call upon on and off the ice. That’s what we have, and it’s important in a context where we depend on a lot of young players,” added the former Tampa Bay Lightning star player.

allen is honored

On the other hand, the Canadian announced that goalkeeper Jake Allen was the winner of the Jean-Béliveau trophy for the 2021-22 season. This trophy has been awarded annually since 2003 to a Habs player for his involvement in the community and his dedication to lowering barriers to sports participation.


jake allen

The trophy comes with a $25,000 donation from the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation to an organization of the honored player’s choosing. Allen has chosen to donate this amount to the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation to support their initiatives to prevent and reduce bullying, discrimination and violence in schools.

In addition, forwards Joel Armia and Jonathan Drouin benefited from a day of treatment when the Canadian returned to training on Monday morning.

Therefore, Armia and Drouin did not accompany their companions on the ice.

Both were involved in the Canadiens’ 5-4 overtime victory Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Drouin took the opportunity to collect help.

St. Louis only said that his availability for the next game against the New Jersey Devils will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

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