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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's not panic time in Montreal yet, but there's still something amiss with a Canadiens team that, after Wednesdays 3-1 loss to red-hot Philadelphia, has managed to win back-to-back games just once in the past month. Wednesday was more of the same, with the Flyers jumping to a 3-0 lead before the game was halfway over and the Canadiens' offense coming up dry again, producing only a shorthanded goal by Czech Olympic team captain Tomas Plekanec.
continued plus opinions from Custance, LeBrun and Strang on the games last night...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Michel Therrien’s explanation for benching his leading scorer for most of the third period in a game the Canadiens trailed by two goals:
“Team concept is very important.
“That will never, never, never change.”
Let’s see if we can top the kindly old coach:
The Canadiens will never, never, never, never make the playoffs if Therrien screws up P.K. Subban.
And the coach was not content with benching the Canadiens’ best player.
Down two goals late, Therrien did not bother pulling goaltender Peter Budaj.
What message does that send to his team?
from Brenda Branswell of Hockey Inside/Out,
Canadiens defencman P.K. Subban was called for hooking Erik Condra with 18 seconds left in regulation — a call that left him scratching his head after the game.
“I’d like to get an explanation of what I did wrong there,” Subban said.
He said he thought Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price had the puck.
“I thought the play was over. It just didn’t really make sense to me.”
more and below, watch Subban talk about the penalty and see the call too...
Rangers/Leafs and Senators/Canadiens
Carol of the Bells is the music the montage is set to tonight.
Max Pacioretty received two for tripping. I would have liked to see Smith get two for embellishing.
The After Forty segment of HNIC discussed it may be time for George Parros to hang up his skates.
But Don Cherry during the post-game segment of HNIC did not like the suggestion a few of the panel members made, watch it below...
My question, why fight at that point of the game?
No update on Parros at this point...
5 for elbowing and a game for Emelin.
added 9:21pm, Flyers broadcast view of the hit is below...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The mail bag is loaded with questions as to how the Los Angeles Kings' third goal in their 6-0 win over Montreal on Tuesday could possibly have been allow to stand after Kyle Clifford backed into Habs goalie Carey Price deep in his goal crease. As my colleague Ray Ferraro said on the TSN broadcast, "Oh, I can't believe there are going to allow this goal...In my opinion, this is as 'goaltender interference penalty' as you'll find!"
I couldn't agree more with Ray's accurate assessment of this play.
What troubles me most, beyond the tremendous inconsistency we see in calling goalkeeper interference, is that Referee Kevin Pollock had an unobstructed view from a stationery position in the corner closest to Kyle Clifford and Carey Price. The clear sightline gained in advance by the referee, as the Kings attacked the Montreal goal, should have made it easy to wave off Alec Martinez's first goal of the season and assess a penalty to Clifford for goalkeeper interference!
continued and watch the goal below...
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