Carey Price said the Canadiens were loose going into Game 3 of their playoff series against the Boston Bruins.

Maybe too loose.

"I don't think we were focused enough to start the game," Price said after the Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision Monday night at the Bell Centre. "I think it all started in the morning skate. We were fooling around too much."

Head coach Jacques Martin said he warned his players about being more serious.

"I told the players it was a good thing we weren't playing in the morning," Martin said. "At this time of the year, it's not physical, it's mental. You have a responsibility as professionals to be ready to play."

That loosey-goosey attitude seemed to carry over into the game as the Bruins borrowed a page from Canadiens' playbook. The Bruins scored twice in the first period and then held on as the Canadiens pressed for the tie in the second half of the game.

"We got scored on early and we started pressing," Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. "Once we got scored on, we have to settle down. We got away from the game plan."

While Gionta said there's no consolation in a loss, he noted the Canadiens played better after falling behind 3-0 early in the second period.