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The War Of Words

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It all started with Canadiens coach Michel Therrien ejecting three New York Rangers staffers — assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson, video coach Jerry Dineen and travel secretary Alex Case — from the stands at the beginning of practice. Therrien felt that those men were in violation of an agreement which the Rangers vehemently deny was ever made.

“There is always a gentleman’s agreement between two teams and the general managers that coaches are not allowed to attend practices between games,” said Therrien. “It’s respect for coaches that want to make adjustments … and it’s always been like that and that’s the way it is.”

The list of grievances didn’t stop there. The Canadiens don’t believe that Derek Stepan’s broken jaw is as serious as the Rangers have made it sound. Daniel Briere called it “fishy” and other members of the organization feel that the New York centre will dress for Game 4 on Sunday night.

“We’re 100 percent expecting him to play,” said agitator Brendan Gallagher. “He got up and he was yapping and yelling. So I’m sure the jaw isn’t hurting too much.”


Below, watch Therrien confront the Rangers staffers...

Note, some audible f-bombs are tossed in the video...


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