“Just changing the attitude will not be good enough,” Bergevin added. “It simply came to our notice then. But bringing in other players with the same attitude will not be good either. So we have to start with that and add other parts to get this back on track. “
Rewinding back three years and Canadians are discussing the position again.
“It’s about attitude,” head coach Claude Julien said Monday, a day after the Canadiens in the OT lost 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators, the worst team in the NHL. “The only thing you control at the moment is your attitude. So either you come in discouraged or you come in determined and wanting to turn things around and ready to do such things. So that’s one thing we can control. Sometimes a rebound happens, everything happens in a game you can’t always control. But your attitude and approach are something that can make a big difference, so that’s what we need to do. “
Julien had hoped to adjust his stance on Tuesday night, but Canadiens eventually lost to the Senator again – this time 5-4 in the shootout. Canadiens are now 2-4-2 in the last eight games and 9-5-4 for the season.
A bad attitude certainly doesn’t help the hockey team, but neither does an attack that scored just 13 goals in seven games before losing the clash on Tuesday night. Nor does he play the power that ranks 20th in the NHL (18.2 percent), captain Shea Weber was minus 1 in the season, goalkeeper Carey Price had 2.95 goals against average and a saving percentage of .893, and Thomas Tatar – the team’s leading scorer last season – a healthy scratch was made for one game and they were placed in the last eight minutes of the third period and a full NW Sunday. There’s also that 3-5 home records at the Bell Center.
Teams are built in the middle, so when you score just eight goals from your four center-right players in the first 18 games – including none of veteran Phillip Danault – it’s a really big problem.
Each team is going through a decline during the NHL season and has time for the Canadians to get back on track, but the clock is ticking much faster during this thickened season of 56 games.