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Ottawa coach delivers some barbs in defense of timeout

May 5, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

Paul MacLean AP

Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien called Ottawa Senators bench boss Paul MacLean’s decision to take a late timeout with a 6-1 lead “classless.” MacLean offered no apologies in response.

The second-year head coach explained to the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman that he wanted to protect his players during a game that became “dumb enough.”

“I was forced to protect my players and I will do that every time,” MacLean said.

MacLean lobbed some bombs when it was inferred that he was rubbing it in.

“I’m classless?” MacLean said. “This is another disrespectful thing? They were doing a good job of (humiliating) themselves … [they] don’t need my help.”

The two teams will continue their love fest in Game 4 on Tuesday. You can check it on CNBC starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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Outrage in Ottawa

  1. windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    no class on the part of Montreal, glad to see MacLean is keeping a level head through all this

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      I’m not sure about that game or the players frustration being indicative of the class the Habs have or don’t have. Sens tried pulling the same stuff in game 2 when the game was out of reach. Cooler heads prevailed. Calling a timeout with 20 seconds left to play is utterly stupid. You do that kind of stuff in the juniors. If he has to tell his players not to get sucked in with 20 seconds left, then he didn’t do his job over the course of the season and behind the bench last night.

      • paperlions - May 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Actually, how one responds during adversity is a perfect reflection of their “class”. Montreal embarrassed themselves. Considering the fact that Montreal players were ignoring the puck and going after opponents, why not call a time out and tell the players to just hang out and wait for the clock to expire?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

        It’s an emotional game, and sometimes you get caught up. These guys are not robots. Stuff happens. Why not call a timeout? To tell the players to hangout and wait for the clock to expire? You gotta be kidding me. Who besides MacLean has called a TO in this situation. You’re logic is as skewed as MacLean’s if you think it was warranted. Right now the Habs and Therrien are looking out of sorts. Calling a timeout in that situation is not warranted. Moves like this often back fire. Never wake a sleeping bear. The Sens had done everything right thus far, and the Habs were hanging themselves with their own rope. Why make a move to piss them off? Just lay in the shadows and pounce for the kill when the time is right. All MacLean did is fuel the anger, which can used in a positive way against him. Coaches are always looking for an edge to ready their players for battle. Don’t feed more than you have too. Simple.

  2. 19to77 - May 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Mu-mu-moustache hit the nail on the head – the Habs humiliated themselves tonight, and Therrien’s postgame sobbing only adds to that. All this weeping and excuse-making is the sign of a defeated team and a coach who can’t raise morale. Sens in five at this rate. They’re focused on the game while Therrien seems more focused on trying to come up with new insults for the postgame interviews.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Agreed. Habs looked terrible last night. I don’t think they should be humiliated by their actions when the game was lost, but they should be humiliated by the bone head plays they made which led to the loss. Markov & Subban were out to lunch on Pageau breakaway goal for one. Therein has to take some of the blame for the habs poor D play. The rest of the stuff is just stuff that happens in the NHL on any given night in the playoffs. Give credit to the Sens and Pageau fro playing a hell of a game. Easy to predict Sens in five now that they are leading 2 – 1 .

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      One more thing to add, Subban is out of place to dish on Pacioretty. Yes! He did make a bone head pas to Subban which lead to the blind sided hit, but you suck it up and deal with this stuff in the dressing room. Subban started the game with a dive and tried to act out an injury. Bloody lame.

      • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Hardly out of place for him. How many times has he fought teammates in practice? How many times has he had tantrums on the bench instead of saving those emotions for the locker room, where they belong? The guy seems decent to play with when the team is winning, but he starts looking for teammates to blame as soon as they struggle.

  3. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Anyone else go from neutral and uncaring to loving Paul McLean? Must be the stache

    • bigtganks - May 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      I know I did. I woulda said last week, go Habs. Now? I love this Ottawa team, esp Paulrus.

    • johnstone17 - May 6, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      As a Rangers fan I took to this guy during the playoffs last year. You never hear him speaking in extremes, keeps cool & usually drops a couple of pearls that make you chuckle.

  4. Stiller43 - May 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    I like therrien, but mclean is right here. The habs had NO interest in playing the game, just taking cheap shots and losing in the fight that resulted.

    Whether its taking a TO to let tempers settle, get a game plan for the rest of the time (not schematically, more like how to stay away from the crap), or rest certain players so they could go back out there while more important players stayed on the best, his TO is justified.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      How can you even suggest his TO was justified? That is a ridiculous as was calling the timeout. Such a tactic can be see in the juniors. If your coaching for from Jan 15 or so to this day then there is no need to call a timeout in this situation. Timeouts are used to win games, or at least not to lose them when leading. Stupid stupid move. As for your comment “‘habs had NL interest in playing the game”. Do you really think the team showed up at the rink with the intent of not playing? Wow!

      • upyourstodd - May 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        You sound like a republican. You say the same thing over and over. This time out did something that fans of every other team in the league supported. Rubbing a 6-1 drubbing into the noses of the Habs when they were out for blood. Get a grip.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        That’s right! So I suppose trying to shoot the puck at the bench is justified because Alfie did it in 2007. And since when do coaches make decisions based on the league fan base. Very amateur arguments. Republican! hahahahahaha! Too funny! :-)

      • thesableo - May 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        I really don’t understand why the TO is such a big deal. Did Ottawa really do NOTHING else that you can complain about? If not…you might want to take this loss in stride a little better.

  5. scottybcboy - May 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Love the #walrus. Everything he said was true.

  6. jasol20 - May 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    MacLean has every right to call a timeout whenever and for whatever reason he wants. Therrien is just showing where his team gets their crybaby attitude from – apparently it trickles down from the top. MacLean’s got a short bench and if he wants that short bench to have an extra rest then I think it’s a perfectly legitimate timeout. Also, if he takes a timeout just to stick it to MTL a little bit, then good for him.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Of course he has the right, but that doesn’t mean it was right. Frankly I don’t care what Therrien thinks of the TO. It was a ridiculous decision, a bone head move you typically see in junior hockey. If your team is leading 7 – 0 with 2 minutes left to play and your on the PP with two men up you don’t send your best 5 best players on the ice to rub it in. The coach has the right to do that, but they don’t do it unless the opposing coach has dorm it to you.

  7. gmenfan1982 - May 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I’m loving every minute of this.

  8. orangandblack - May 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I had no idea this was going to be such an exciting series. Wow

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      I hope the next games are better than this one. Hawks vs Wild was much more exciting.

  9. dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    if you watch hockey for skill .checkout anaheim/detroit or los angeles/st louis. if you enjoy reality tv,mma or wrestling watch this crap. i can’t decide who is more pathetic tonight therien or mclean. they sound like two 4 years saying it was not me but him lmao

  10. President Charles Logan - May 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    the sens still have a lousy futile history with no cups in their 2nd go around in the nhl… it”ll remain that way this year as well… habs come back and win the next 3

  11. jtm12180 - May 6, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Classless? With how dirty Montreal was playing, I only wish that Ottawa had made it 7-1 after the timeout.

    As a penguins fan, it’s no coincidence how Pittsburgh won the cup after firing this wee wee pad

  12. philly4lyfe - May 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    wow your annoying. what’s so hard about putting all your thoughts into one semi-intelligent post rather than 6 in a row with the same rambling jibberish?

  13. valoisvipers - May 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I rather enjoyed it when Paulrus called the timeout, I thought he did it to get under the thin skinned pepper Therrien which it did but he really might have called it tell his players to skate out of the offensive zone on the puck drop. This is a play I have not seen before and one that he wanted to make sure his players understood. There was enough cheap shots going around and he didn’t want to put his players at further risk.

    • hockeydon10 - May 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Ding ding ding.

      It’s all part of the mind games. He could have told his players to do that face-off trick when they were changing during the stoppage. He did this a little bit to protect his players and settle things down, but mostly to irritate Therrien.

  14. scoocha - May 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Loved the timeout, love Ottawa now. Rooting for them this playoff season.

  15. shoobiedoobin - May 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Typical Montreal behavior. Classless coach, immature goon team. Didn’t Therrien whine about every single thing from refs to the goddamn sun rising in the morning in the 08 finals? Which was funny considering the refs tried to keep Pitt in it all series after his game 2 lobbying BS. And now this? He’s going to whine some more?

    You’re adding to a history of douche baggery buddy.

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