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It’s Defense First For Michel Therrien

from Christopher Curtis of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens head coach and the defence-first system he employs came under fire Thursday night after his team blew a two-goal lead against the Ottawa Senators, losing 5-2 at the Bell Centre.

It wasn’t so much that the Canadiens have lost five of their last six games — though, that’s certainly part of it. What seemed to irk people was the impression that, after pulling away by two goals, the Canadiens turtled....

“Regarding system and stuff like that,” Therrien said, loudly exhaling. “We’re not changing it. Nothing. I don’t think any team at this time a year is changing anything.”

The coach said he has and will continue to tweak the team’s strategy. In fact, he conceded that he’s shuffling small things around so that the team will be “comfortable” when the playoffs begin next month.

Fundamentally, though, “the system” is here to stay and Therrien is willing to stake his reputation on its merits.

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