Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was trying to find the positives after a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders Tuesday night.

“We fought back,” Therrien said. “We showed character. It could have gone both ways. We got some bad coverage with our penalty killing.”

For the second consecutive game, the Canadiens went into third period trailing 3-2, but this game had a different outcome than the dramatic 4-3 win in Boston Sunday night. The Canadiens tied it up on a power-play goal by Brian Gionta, but the Islanders responded with a goal by Radek Martinek on a shot from the point.

“I’m sure (Carey Price) would want to see the fourth goal, the point shot, but those things happen” said Therrien, who said the goaltender played a “decent game.” Price surrendered five goals on 23 shots and has allowed 12 goals in his last two starts.”

The game turned when the Islanders scored two power-play goals in the second period, but Therrien was reluctant to say a lack of discipline was a factor in the loss.

“It’s such an easy thing to say, the discipline, but I’m not buying it every time.” Therrien said.

Therrien said earlier in the day that the Islanders are a dangerous team and they proved it.

“They got skill. If you give them an opportunity, they’re certainly going to take advantage of it,” he said.