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At some point, deserving better is not enough: “It takes more” – Martin St. Louis

At some point, deserving better is not enough: “It takes more” – Martin St. Louis

Newark | The Canadian deserved better. This isn't the first time we've heard this phrase recently around the Hab. The worst part is that it's not fake. But at some point, it's good to be in the game, you have to get results.

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Martin St. Louis and Jake Allen reminded themselves of it after that heartbreaking 4-3 loss at the hands of the Devils.

“Yes, lately, I think we deserve better. Our team game, our commitment and our work ethic are there. But, it has to be scary,” the Habs coach noted.

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“You can't deserve better.” You can't play well, be okay and lose. “It takes more,” he added.

When the third period began, we thought that the prisoners would escape with victory. At that point, the score was 2-2, but the visitors were in control. The Devils then fired just 13 shots on goal on Jake Allen.

“We have to find a way to finish the job. We have been involved in four of the last five games, but we have not achieved success [à gagner] said Allen, who just suffered his fifth straight loss.


The 33-year-old goalkeeper seems to have had enough of the process and good performances that take the team forward without necessarily achieving wins.

“You learn, you learn, you learn. But at some point, you want that learning to turn into a result,” he said. “This is the next step.”

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With sports being a world of results and professional athletes not being the type to be content with participation trophies, it's safe to say he's not the only one who can't wait for victories to come his way on a more regular basis.

“We are human beings. We are used to thinking a certain way,” said Brendan Gallagher, who scored his ninth goal of the season. “It is difficult to block everything out. You have to understand how to deal with these feelings, how to play with them.”

It's up to St. Louis and his representatives to ensure all these beautiful people don't sink into the recession.

The coach admitted: “Mentally, it is a challenge.”

ANDERSON: Bad luck persists

If he asserts that “defensively, we are there”, Saint-Louis confirms that his forces lack “finishing in decisive moments”.

In this section, we can only think of Josh Anderson. The imposing winger could have opened the scoring in the first half. He also had the opportunity to tie the game 3-3 with a few dozen seconds left before Jesper Bratt scored the Devils' fourth goal.

“We feel bad for him. We all want him to succeed. He comes to work and deserves the reward,” Gallagher said. “Tonight he had two good chances. He marked his whole life, and he will do it again. He has to keep doing the right things.”

Another challenge that may be mentally difficult.