That was a buzzword for the Canadiens heading into the new season. The team bulked up over the summer with the addition of George Parros and Douglas Murray (both of whom are now injured) and the Canadiens showed they won’t be pushed around as they engaged in five fights during Tuesday’s season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

But Max Pacioretty the Canadiens’ leading scorer in each of the past two seasons says the new emphasis on toughness might have hurt the team in the 4-3 loss to the Leafs.

“I think we got away from what we do best” Pacioretty said. “We’re a speedy group of players and we have to use our speed to create chances.”

Pacioretty said the added toughness is fine but “we have to stay away from the after-the-whistle stuff.”

The Canadiens found themselves short-handed seven times in the Leafs game and Toronto scored once on the power play. When teams take a lot of penalties it takes away from the rhythm of the game but Pacioretty refused to use that as an excuse for his performance. The 24-year-old veteran holds himself to a high standard and wasn’t happy he was held off the scoresheet and was on the ice for a Toronto short-handed goal finishing minus-2 on the night.

“Just speaking for myself I’m not happy with the way I played” he said.

Pacioretty did have a legitimate excuse because he left the game in the first period for some medical treatment on an upper-body injury. The one thing we can tell you is that Pacioretty played the final two periods with an injury that might have been a strain or a bruise on his hand or wrist or any combination of the above. We do know he didn’t suffer a cut.