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via Marc Antoine Godin tweet, translated from French to English...
Therrien: "there there would have been 5 penalties late in the game for what the Jets did to Gallagher. We will ask for explanations."
17:02 Montreal Brandon Prust: 2 minutes, unsportsmanlike conduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Ben Bishop: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal Carey Price: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal George Parros: 10 minutes, misconduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Radko Gudas: 10 minutes, misconduct
added 4:52pm, Below watch the Tampa broadcast and catch what some people will call a spear from Prust...
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
If you want to understand what’s happening with Les Habitants, you have to listen to the people who run the team.
It starts with general manager Marc Bergevin back in September, when the Canadiens gathered for their annual charity golf tournament. Bergevin noted the team had made some improvements over the summer, but injected a note of reality when he said: “We’re not there yet.”
Fast forward to last Monday, when head coach Michel Therrien talked about his slumping team. Therrien said his challenge was to convince his players they weren’t as good as they thought they were when they went on a 9-0-1 run in late November, and they weren’t as bad as they looked when they lost nine of 13 games to start the new year.
It might seem painful for older fans — who can remember when Stanley Cup parades were a rite of spring — and for younger fans — who are tired of hearing from their parents and grandparents about the good old days — but the Canadiens remain a team in transition, a rebuilding project.
from Chris Boyle of Sportsnet,
On Jan. 7, Carey Price was named to the Canadian Olympic team. At the time of the announcement, he was 20-11-4 with a .927 save percentage and the odds on favourite to be the starter in Sochi. I had recently endorsed him for the starting job based on his impressive work since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. But since Jan. 7, Price has been a statistical disaster registering an .886 save percentage while winning only three of eight starts.
At times over that span he has appeared spectacular, but the eye test has always been unreliable. Could the blame possibly lie elsewhere? Like, say, with the coaching system?
A goaltender’s performance relies on the amount of shots they face with the ability to set. When forced into transition or dealing with a change in puck-direction, save percentage drops.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
... there will be 21,273 at the Bell Centre Tuesday, and a whole lot more tuned in, who will care a great deal about the club beating the Carolina Hurricanes to end a four-game losing streak, thus talking an overwrought fan base in off the ledge.
“This isn’t rock bottom. Things could be a lot worse right now, we still have a lot of our season to salvage,” Pacioretty added. “(Monday) was a great start. We had a good uptempo practice and we’re hoping to build off of that.
“We were flying out there today. The coaches are doing a great job of keeping us positive and trying to keep us confident. I felt good in practice today and I think a lot of the other guys did, too.”
Anyone looking for a crack in team unity, or suggesting that head coach Michel Therrien has “lost the room,” would have to look elsewhere.
“Obviously, we’re not playing the right way, but it’s not like guys are trying to sabotage the Montreal Canadiens. We want to win,” Pacioretty said.
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
In his postgame press conference, Michel Therrien indicated his team would not spend much time studying video of their miserable performance.
“That’s a DVD you throw in the garbage,” the coach said. Every team plays bad games, Therrien added.
“What’s important is how you react to adversity.”
Fans reacted by either deserting the Bell Centre or showering the home team with boos, catcalls and sarcastic applause for shots on goal – of which the Canadiens managed NINE through 40 minutes and 21 on the game.
Do the math: The swells in Platinum seats paid $20 for each shot they saw. It was cheaper in the Greys: $4 a shot … and $13 a beer, but I digress.
What a disgraceful performance by the home team.
Bounce, bounce, settle, score.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 last night and as sometimes happens, things can get a little heated as the game draws to an end....
14:50 Montreal Rene Bourque: 2 minutes, interference
14:50 Montreal Brandon Prust: 2 minutes, roughing
14:50 Montreal Brandon Prust: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:50 Montreal Peter Budaj: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
14:50 Pittsburgh Brooks Orpik: 2 minutes, roughing
14:50 Pittsburgh Brooks Orpik: 10 minutes, misconduct
14:50 Pittsburgh Brooks Orpik: 10 minutes, game misconduct
14:50 Pittsburgh Marc-Andre Fleury: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
Really very little happened but if you want to see goalies almost fighting, watch below...
No matter what Darren Dreger tries to tell you, (Carey) Price has to be the starter in Sochi. He has made the leap from good to great in a single season and he is the only goaltender I would trust with Canada’s Olympic fate.
-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette.
Who's next to 'pull the crest'?
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