Canadiens trending up heading into NHL playoffs

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray (6), captain Brian Gionta (21) and forward Rene...

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray (6), captain Brian Gionta (21) and forward Rene Bourque (17) react during a break in the action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:53 PM ET

MONTREAL - When the gleaming metallic doors beneath the red Montreal Canadiens logo slid silently open after a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Jan. 25, all 20 players were sitting in their stalls, ordered by management to face the inquisition after a lifeless loss that threatened to derail the Habs’ season.

The media had remained outside the doors while the players conducted a meeting at the behest of captain Brian Gionta, their self-conducted airing of the grievances, which, according to some, got quite pointed.

Gionta played coy when asked about the tipping-point meeting as the Canadiens, who turned their season around after that collective baring of souls, prepared for the 2014 playoffs.

“It was something that needed to be done,” he shrugged.


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