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Head coach Dominique Ducharme blames “a lack of execution, a lack of engagement” after Montreal gets blown out 5-0 by the Sharks.

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Pat Hickey  •  Montreal Gazette

Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme adjusts his mask while standing behind Nick Suzuki, from left, Tyler Toffoli, Jonathan Drouin and Christian Dvorak during the third period of Tuesday night’s 5-0 loss to the Sharks at the Bell Centre. Photo by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette Article content

The San Jose Sharks didn’t surprise the Canadiens with their fast start Tuesday night, but coach Dominique Ducharme said his team didn’t handle the situation well.


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“We knew they play fast and have lots of puck support and they throw everything at the net,” Ducharme said after the visitors crushed the Canadiens 5-0. “We needed to box out, we needed to be good coming back killing plays and we got beat on those plays. It’s a lack of execution, a lack of engagement on certain plays that cost us and that was the case in the first period.”

The Sharks scored twice in the first 3:36 of the game and, given the lack of production from the Montreal offence, the game was effectively over.

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