After the Montreal Canadiens dropped their third game in the last four against the New York Islanders Thursday, forward Andrew Shaw didn't mince words about the attitude of his teammates as the club pushes toward a playoff spot.
"We need to be a team playing hard. Everyone. All lines, all D, goalie; everyone has to be playing their best every night. Lines are taking nights off, players are taking nights off. They don't have that fight," Shaw said, per Sportsnet's Eric Engels.
Montreal entered Thursday's game outside the Eastern Conference's playoff picture with 81 points. The Habs had a chance to leap the Blue Jackets into the second wild-card spot, but now Columbus owns a game in hand with a chance to create a two-point lead Friday versus the Carolina Hurricanes.
Although Shaw is far from the biggest name on the Canadiens' roster, he was a member of two Stanley Cup-winning squads during his tenure with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Montreal has 11 games remaining on its schedule this season.