Habs powerless with man advantage
|The Canadiens went 0-for-7 in losing 3-0 to the Washington Capitals, leaving their power play in last place in the NHL with a 12.3% efficiency. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)
Having struggled through another power-play outage Wednesday night, the Montreal Canadiens were back at practice 12 hours later working again on improving their system with the man advantage.
The Canadiens went 0-for-7 in losing 3-0 to the Washington Capitals, leaving their power play in last place in the NHL with a 12.3% efficiency.
"We have everything to succeed, it's about execution," coach Randy Cunneyworth said Thursday.
The main unit consists of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole up front with Tomas Kaberle and P.K. Subban on defence. But that could change, a frustrated Cunneyworth said, adding that the team that wins the battle of special teams often wins the game.
"We have to be able to get more pucks to the net," Cunneyworth said. "We have to be able to outnumber them temporarily and grab rebounds to get those second and third chances.
"We had a long meeting (Thursday) morning and I talked with everyone on our power-play units. They know their roles and we know where they're at their best."