The Canadiens' West Coast road trip from Hell ended mercifully Friday with a normally even-keeled Carey Price turning into a poster boy for the mockery, squaring up his goal post and taking a Major League-worthy hack to split his stick in two.

The mood is uneasy in Montreal, to put it mildly.

A 1-6-1 record — the franchise's worst eight-game start to a season since 1941-42 — will do that, and frustration was the cliche of choice in the Habs' locker room following the 6-2 loss to the Ducks, their seventh in a row to a cap a three-game California trip on which they were outscored 16-5.

"It's very high, not going to lie," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. "But at the same time, as frustrated as I am, I'm the one who's got to find some solutions here and turn things around. So I'll have to stay the course here and find that solution."

Good luck. Nothing can go right for the Habs right now.