Canadiens must fight through tough start

23 October 2021 21:09:59 GMTPlus11
Montreal Canadiens have had a tough start

General Manager Marc Bergevin insists the Montreal Canadiens must fight through a start which has seen them lose their first five games of the NHL season.

The Canadiens, 175/1 to win the Stanley Cup, went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season, their first for 28 years - being beaten by the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.

Absentees

However, the new campaign hasn't started well for the Canadiens, who have lost captain Shea Weber for the season through injury and netminder Carey Price and defenceman Joel Edmundson, who have left the team voluntarily to take part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

Admitting that his team miss the players, Bergevin rejected suggestions that he will make changes, claiming that a number of the team are yet to play to their potential.

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The Canadiens have been outscored 19-4 during the five-game streak, which is their most troubled start since 1995/96.

Bergevin was hired as GM in May 2012 and is in the last season of his contract. After finishing fourth in the North Division last season (24-21-11), Montreal found themselves 3-1 down in the first-round of the playoffs to the first seed, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bergevin upbeat

However, the Canadiens turned their fortunes around to beat the Leafs in game seven before sweeping the Winnipeg Jets and knocking out the Vegas Golden Knights to reach the Final against Tampa Bay.

Bergevin said to the media: "I do like our team. They've got to fight through it. Winners find solutions, losers make excuses. You've got to find a way."

The Canadiens next take on the Detroit Red Wings away from home on Saturday.

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