“It’s hard to get booed,” admits Nick Suzuki – .

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“It’s hard to get booed,” admits Nick Suzuki – .


A disgruntled fan throws a sweater on the ice after the Canadiens’ 4-1 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night at the Bell Center.

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Boos are one thing, but you must be very unhappy with your team when you toss a $ 200 jersey on the ice.

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That’s what a disgruntled fan did in the later stages of the Canadiens’ 4-1 loss to Colorado Avalanche Thursday evening at the Bell Center.

“I saw it and it’s not a good feeling for the players,” said Nick Suzuki. “It was one of my shirts. I’m not sure, but I think I saw a 4. It’s hard to get booed, but fans want to see wins. They are used to productive teams and we are not doing it now. I can certainly see why they get angry.

Coach Dominique Ducharme hesitated to bring up the incident before saying “I love this jersey. I’m proud of it. “

Jeff Gorton, the man who has been accused of turning the Canadiens around, got his first live glimpse of his new team and had a reason to smile.

The loss dropped the Canadiens record to 6-17-2 and they have the third-worst winning percentage in the NHL. Every loss increases Montreal’s chances of getting a high pick in the NHL Draft Lottery.

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The Canadians entered the game shorthanded and came out with another hole in the lineup.

Brendan Gallagher and Sami Niku have tested positive for COVID-19 and a second positive test Thursday means they will be in quarantine for at least 10 days.

And Ducharme has said Josh Anderson will be out of the roster for two to four weeks after sustaining an upper body injury early in the second period. Anderson lost his balance as he was pushed into the end boards by Kurtis MacDermid.

This is another total failure of the Montreal offensive, which ranks 28th in the league. Montreal only managed 20 shots against Jonas Johansson, who was forced into the No. 1 role after Darcy Kuemper suffered an injury in practice on Wednesday.

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Johansson allowed the Maple Leafs eight goals on Wednesday in Toronto and that should have prompted the Canadiens to shoot a lot of pucks.

“It’s one of the main things we haven’t done,” said Ryan Poehling. “The coach said he was a new guy and he gave up a lot last night. We have to keep putting the pucks in the net. When we shot at the net, there were a lot of rebounds that came out, but they didn’t bounce back towards us. But we didn’t have enough shots tonight, definitely.

Montreal was outscored 13-4 in the first period, but Poehling figured the momentum turned in Colorado’s favor when Valeri Nichushkin scored a shorthanded goal early in the second period.

“I think the first 10 minutes we played well,” said Poehling. “We kind of closed them down a bit, but then we dropped this one and it was a little different. There were times we were good and there were times we were bad.

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The power play produced Montreal’s only goal by Ben Chiarot, but he also conceded the shorthanded goal and Montreal had just two shots on five occasions with the extra man.

Tyler Toffoli and Alexander Romanov also went to the dressing room for repairs during the game, but returned to action. Romanov broke his nose when he tried to hit Cale Makar in the first half and also managed to take out Poehling.

The Canadiens recalled Laurent Dauphin from Laval after the game and he will travel with the team to Nashville for Saturday’s game against the Predators.

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