Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meier Scores Twice as Sharks Win 4-1 to Extend Canadiens Losing Streak

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Meier Scores Twice as Sharks Win 4-1 to Extend Canadiens Losing Streak

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Meier scores two as Sharks top Habs 4-1

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MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens called a team meeting after a loss to the San Jose Sharks pushed their losing run to five games.

Reporters were kept waiting for more than 15 minutes outside the dressing room as the Canadiens players hashed over a listless performance of late that has left them well out of a playoff position with half the season still to play.

"We didn't have everyone on board and that's frustrating," Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty said after the 4-1 loss on Tuesday night. "All things considered, coming back from a road trip and where we are in the standings and knowing how many games we dropped and how many people are struggling, that's upsetting.

"We have to find a way to compete harder and win more battles."

Timo Meier scored twice while Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had singles for the Sharks (21-12-4), who were coming off a 6-0 setback Sunday in Dallas. San Jose has won four of five games heading into a game Thursday night in Toronto.

"We carried the puck with a lot of speed into the other end and I think we had them on their heels for most of the night," said Sharks veteran Logan Couture.

Andrew Shaw scored for Montreal (16-20-4), which has scored just four goals in the last five games and now has to face the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

The Canadiens were starting a five-game homestand after a dismal 2-5-0 road trip.

They had some early chances against the Sharks, but seemed to sag when Thornton opened the scoring 12:57 into the game. By the third frame, Bell Centre fans were booing the home side.

"Not good," said Pacioretty. "We play with pride.

"The best part about playing in Montreal is the fans and the city and the passion for hockey, so when we take that out of the building through poor play and through not winning or being exciting and scoring goals and giving the fans a show it's upsetting. …

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