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The Habs give their take on Claude Julien’s comments and look towards their match-up with the Islanders.
Claude Julien may have had a few choice words for the Habs after Sunday night’s game in Boston, but as far as the Canadiens are concerned, that just means they’re doing their job. When asked about some of Julien’s less-than-flattering comments on Monday afternoon, the Habs’ head coach couldn’t help but grin.
“I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time too. To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game. Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own,” offered Michel Therrien following the Canadiens morning skate at Nassau Coliseum, before further expanding on the subject.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
We've spent a fair bit of time of late extolling the virtues of this season's play by the Montreal Canadiens, and for good reason.
Not only are the Habs in first, but they've become the most entertaining team in Canada to watch, including two rollicking games against Pittsburgh and Boston on the weekend that earned the Canadiens three of a possible four points.
That nobody saw this coming out of Montreal just makes it that much more interesting.
At the other end of the spectrum, it comes as an enormous disappointment that the Edmonton Oilers have proven to be neither more successful this season nor the entertaining, offensive-minded team we'd hoped would finally emerge.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“The frustrating thing is that we get 17 minutes into the penalty box when we should have been on the power play. It’s as simple as that,” said Julien. “It’s frustrating because tonight – as everybody saw – there’s a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game: the embellishing. Right now they’ve got over 100 power plays [this season] and it’s pretty obvious why.
Watch parts of Julien's post-game presser below (auto play)
Emelin had just crosschecked Tyler Seguin in the ribs.
Watch the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Montreal Canadiens 7-6 in OT tonight.
Highlights via RDS...
Along with the major comes a 10 and a game misconduct.
No need for that final push from behind. Again, take the player ouf of the play, not the game!
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
And so comes Round 3 Wednesday, in a season series that has way more oomph to it than could possibly have been imagined when the league was lost in its lockout limbo and otherwise entering the second generation of the league's hard cap era, in which big market rivalries between winning teams are thing of past; victims of the rush toward parity.
Not quite. The Canadiens, their two losses to the Leafs notwithstanding, have been the class of the East and have strung together eight games without losing in regulation since the Bell Centre drubbing.
The Leafs are equally surprising. Their win on the road in Philadelphia Monday had them tied with two other teams for fourth in the Conference with 24 points.
It's been 20 years since the teams in hockey's premiere markets were occupying such lofty heights, back when the Leafs were about to embark on their first magical Doug Gilmour spring and the Habs were on the cusp of a Patrick Roy hot streak into history and their last Stanley Cup.
more as the teams approach their matchup on Wednesday night...
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has acquired forward Erik Cole from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Michael Ryder and Dallas' third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside.Out,
Canadiens forward Rene Bourque is out of action indefinitely, having been diagnosed with a concussion.
Habs head coach Michel Therrien told reporters at the team’s practice in Mississauga., Ont., Tuesday at noon-hour that Bourque doesn’t know how he sustained the concussion. He’s missed the past two games with what was advertised as flu-like symptoms. That obviously has changed.
A bit of John Tortorella's post-game media scrum...
Watch a better view of the hit from Pacioretty on Ryan McDonagh below...
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