Max Pacioretty hates losing. Problem is, the Montreal Canadiens are becoming experts in the art.

The captain of the floundering squad talked about how he's dealing with what has become a very trying season, especially as rumors of a rift between P.K. Subban and head coach Michel Therrien intensify.

"It's definitely my biggest test, not as a captain, but as a player, as a person, to dig out of this. We know what's going on," Pacioretty said, according to NHL.com's Arpon Basu. "It's definitely added pressure, it's added stress, but if you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and know and genuinely believe that you'll be better from this, then that's the only way to handle it. It's definitely easy to lose sight of that because things have been going so poorly. I take most of that responsibility wearing the 'C.'

"But I think for me it's going to be a great learning experience because the best way I can help the team is just by focusing on my game, and I've let it affect my game. I've tried to take too much on my shoulders and I think the message to me from everyone who has very good opinions, who have been in situations like this before, is to worry about your game first. That's the best way you can help your team. I think that message really got received after that Arizona game and that tough practice in Colorado."