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Therrien is tossing darts with his eyes in the direction of Paul MacLean. Why? Find out below...
First a full blown line brawl early in the 3rd period with Ottawa up 4-1.
Then P.K. Subban and Kyle Turris go at it shortly after, watch that below along with all the penalties taken in the 3rd period tonight.
The win puts the Wild down 1-2 in their series with the Chicago Blackhawks.
I don't believe there was much contact on this skate-by from Brandon Prust on Craig Anderson.
added 2:04pm, Below, watch Brandon Prust talk about the hit and his quote about MacLean is inlcuded.
Not a good scene on the ice, hope Eller will be ok. FYI, he was taken off on a stretcher.
Yes a terrible pass by Raphael Diaz, but when are players going to learn to take a player out of the play, not the game.
Gryba received 5 for interference, a 10 and game misconduct.
added 9:03pm, Watch the extended video from CBC below...
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
To be fair, Markov looks tired and beat up and it’s probably true that he hasn’t been the same since Alexei Emelin was hurt in a 2-1 victory over the Bruins at the Bell Centre April 6. Emelin was sidelined for the season and Markov very much misses his physical, stay-at-home partner.
The night Emelin was hurt, Markov played a shade under 24 minutes and was a minus-1. He was over 25 minutes with another minus-1 in the club’s next game, a loss to Washington, minus-1 with two points and a power-play goal against Buffalo, minus-2 in the debacle in Toronto that signalled the beginning of this skid, minus-1 against the Flyers, even with a late goal against Pittsburgh, minus-1 against Tampa Bay and minus-1 against the Caps Saturday.
Since Emelin went down, Markov is minus-8 in eight games, while consistently playing between 22 and 26 minutes throughout.
Remember, this is a guy who hasn’t played anything like a full season since 2008-09. This season, he has played 21 games with Chekhov Vityaz and 45 games with the Habs during a short, brutally intense NHL campaign.
Markov isn’t old, but he is 34, trying to run a marathon after four years of short sprints. Rather than cursing Markov, fans and the media in this town need to take the long view of what he’s trying to accomplish here, understand how very difficult that is in light of his recent history, and cut the guy a break.
from Brenda Branswell of Hockey Inside/Out,
After the Canadiens loss to the Washington Capitals coach Michel Therrien said he was disappointed with ‘every aspect’ of the Canadiens’ game. But Therrien also said he’s convinced the team will be primed for post-season play.
His responsibility as coach is to make sure they’re ready for the playoffs, Therrien said after the Canadiens fourth loss in five games. They have a week left in the regular season with three games “and I’m convinced we’ll be ready for the playoffs,” he said.
Asked what he wants to work on, Therrien said: “Obviously if we give up five, six goals a game, we’ve got to focus on our defensive game.”
“I’m disappointed about every aspect of our game–five on five, penalty killing, power play.”
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