Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis checks a replay during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Tampa.

“He told us not to make it about him, he doesn’t care at all about that but, in the locker room, we wanted to get the win for him and (recent front-office addition Vinny Lecavalier),” said defenceman Joel Edmundson. “You look up in the rafters and you see their numbers and it’s his first game in Tampa and you want to get the win for him. He didn’t want to make it about him, but we definitely did.”

The rookie head coach’s fingerprints were all over this game.

The Canadiens played a strong first period, but they went into the dressing room trailing 2-0. They could have been discouraged, but they heeded St. Louis’s call to trust the process.

“I think you talk about not getting too caught up in the result, whether it’s a loss or a bad period,” St. Louis said. “If you stick with your self-assessment, it’s a lot easier to grow as an individual and a team, and I thought we did that. We had a really good first period and it would have been easy to get caught up in the score. If we talk about the process and not worry so much about the result, the process will come along and we did a good job with that.”

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