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Therrien calls MacLean’s late timeout ‘classless’

May 5, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

With all the outrageous and violent things that happened in the third period of Game 3 between Montreal and Ottawa, it’s hard to find anyone with moral high ground. There was one moment that really sticks in Habs head coach Michel Therrien’s craw, though.

Even with a 6-1 lead, Paul MacLean called a timeout very late in the game:

There are conceivable excuses for such an action, even if they stretch the boundaries of logic. Therrien didn’t give MacLean the benefit of the doubt, however, when asked by the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.

“As far as I’m concerned, it was classless,” Therrien said.

The real question, then: is that more or less offensive than calling him a “fat, bug-eyed walrus?”

  1. windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    How Therrien has the nerve to call Ottawa classless after that game is beyond me..

    • sabatimus - May 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Absolutely. That says it all.

    • wettwork - May 6, 2013 at 5:28 AM

      Senators are good , that can’t be denied , but thier “husky” coach who likes to go around callin other teams classless and goons – is a huge Hippocrate this series alone shows this I dnt like either team but F#€K the Sen’s

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      it was classless. And don’t you think Therrien is upset with his team’s performance and display? Subban fainting an injury then later dishing on Pacioretty. He called what MacLean classless for calling the TO. He didn’t say his team had more class.

  2. cavafox - May 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Dev soff

  3. lopo - May 5, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Pretty awesome!

  4. bruinpred - May 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Most disgusting display in years.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      What? I’m the first one to advocate banning fighting. What we saw was 5 fight. Big deal! I thought the Crombeen being punched while down on one knee by Rinaldo was more disgusting that what we say last night.

  5. sterogatory - May 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Haven’t we heard this before? Therrien is running out of ideas and getting out-coached by Paulrus.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      LMAO Paulrus

    • JoeAvg - May 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      I am the Paulrus. Goo Goo Ga Joob.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Getting out coached? Who won game 2 down Eller, Gionta, and Pacioretty? Who out coached who? Easy to stick your head out of your a$$ when the team wins. The sign of a good coach and team with character is how they deal with adversity. Habs looked good in game 2. How will they react in game 4? If you know, then tell us.

      • jrhawk - May 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        You’re so smart, YOU tell us.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Truth is, I don’t know. We’ve seen very different teams from the Habs in each of the games. I hope to see the Sens stay disciplined, but be very physical. The Habs are in the ropes now being down 2 – 1 and on the road. Sens should stay low key and do their thing on the ice. Avoid the war of the words in the press. Anderson has been better than Price overall.

  6. botlecap - May 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Wow. How about this guy stick to talking about his own team? Get your players under control and teach them how to play and lose with some pride, dignity, and respect.

    Maybe he didn’t notice that the timeout was to tell his team to line up at the blue line and not in the zone for the face off – basically “don’t try to score guys, give them the puck and let them get out of here.” Real lack of class that.

    • 19to77 - May 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      No kidding. How about a little less finger-pointing and name-calling from Les Habitants, and a little more accountability for why they were completely outmatched tonight?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Getting out coached? Who won game 2 down Eller, Gionta, and Pacioretty? Who out coached who? Easy to stick your head out of your a$$ when the team wins. The sign of a good coach and team with character is how they deal with adversity. Habs looked good in game 2. How will they react in game 4? If you know, then tell us.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Teach them how to play hockey… What are you talking about? This team went from last overall in the east to first in the their division. Idiot comment. You’re suggesting that he get his players under control. Well! Players have brains and emotions. They have to control themselves. Why would Maclean need to call a timeout to get his players under control? You make no sense. Calling a TO with 20 seconds left in a game with a 5 goal spread is an idiot call and usually something you see in minor hockey.

      • mgp1219 - May 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        There were only 17 seconds left……even better!!!! hahahahaha!
        Canadiens are pussies. If they can’t fight, they shouldn’t start them.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        You’re right. Reality is they have a small team, and not enough toughness. They should stick to what they do best, which is not playing tough game and talking smack.

      • botlecap - May 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Well you can read what you want or you can read what I wrote. They know how to play hockey sure, and they had a good (short) season up until the last few weeks. What I wrote, however, is that they do not know how to play or how to lose a game with pride, dignity, and respect for themselves or their opponent. Anyone who has objectively watched this team play throughout the year knows that, and it was abundantly obvious last night.

        Walrus by-and-large was able to keep his team under control throughout the game. The timeout, in case you didn’t notice, was to tell his guys to line up on the blue line instead of in the zone, allow Montreal to win the face-off, posses the puck, have time run out, and get back to their hotel rooms without anymore juvenile displays of idiocy. Sadly it didn’t work out that way.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I’m confused! You keep writing that they don’t know how to play, and then you write the opposite.

      “Get your players under control and teach them how to play”. “What I wrote, however, is that they do not know how to play”.

      It’s ok! I think what your trying to say is they blew a gasket because they were frustrated. For some reason people equate that to not knowing how to lose. You see this stuff and many games at every level. When frustration sets in you get to see things we usually don’t. Happens in football, and has been happening in hockey since the days of the original six. I’m not advocating for it. Just saying it is what it is. Some teams don’t know how to win because they are arrogant. And some teams get frustrated when they lose. Big deal!

  7. 19to77 - May 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Whine, whine, whine. Same story every loss with this spineless sack – he insults the other team’s coach instead of explaining why his team got the doors blown off of them. Hey, Therrien, you’re losing because the Paulrus (love it, sterogatory) is way, way better than you.

  8. hockeyflow33 - May 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Maybe spend less time worrying about the coach on the other bench and he’d be up 2-1 in this series

  9. JoeAvg - May 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I’ve seen this from Therrien before. He once sent a brawn brigade out after the Flyers when they continued to run up a score against the Penguins several years ago. He was upset because he thought they shouldn’t have been trying to score anymore. Didn’t make any sense to me then and makes even less here. There are still games to be played in this series, of course head games are going to continue. With it getting his goat like it did, it’s just a point for MacLean.

  10. dropthepuckeh - May 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Pathetic display by Montreal and so great to see them lose. Shooting a puck at a guy and trying to hit him? The Bourque elbow to the head? All of the stick work? Subban throwing punches at a guy down?

    What a sad reality in Montreal these days. The once storied franchise is now a bunch of cheap shot, intent to injure, disrespectful punks like their fans. Glad they won’t be advancing and hope Shanahan suspends a bunch of those idiots.

    • 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      And yet guys like habsman go around accusing other teams of all of the above without a hint of irony. So many blind homer morons worshipping the past glories of this team and refusing to acknowledge how far it’s fallen. The current incarnation of the team is just sad.

  11. drewsylvania - May 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I’m picturing Kim Jong Un calling somebody else crazy…

  12. dolphincult - May 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    what a shame. during the season this site offered a place to have some decent discussion after a game. Come playoff time it has turned into a place for snotnose fans from both teams to dishup trash. well it was good while it lasted I suppose

    • hockeyflow33 - May 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      I’ve never seen you post here before and I can guarantee you this is nothing compared to what it was a year ago. You also appeared to skip over every post involving teams from PA.

  13. dumbassgreg - May 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    neither coach hs shown any class. i will be watching selanne . he has more class in his little finger then anyone playing or coaching boston,montreal,ottawa,chicago,vancouver put together. also watch st.louis and los angeles hard clean. no crying like father julien,father mclean,father therien etc keep doing .lmao

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Finally a voice of reason. Objective comments are rare here. Thanks!

    • wingz101 - May 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM


      You mean the guy that took a dive at center ice in game 2 of the series after Brunner tapped his left leg? Or how about when he did not like getting hit by DeKeyser so he punched him twice in the head and took a dumb penalty that Detroit scored on? Or how about the annoying habit he has of talking to the referees after every single time someone touches him?

      Dude, Selanne is a great player, but he is a whiner and a douche. Perfect fit on that team.

  14. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 12:23 AM


    Dude, not so dumb are you…

    I am hearing you, every word!

    Love your posts by the way…rich with irony, sarcasm and humour!

  15. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Having to agree with Therrien on this one…

    Hit them in their faces with a shovelful of hockey, hits and goals, but a cheesy timeout pandering to the home crowd…the timeout was designed to embarrass a proud team and proud franchise, end of story.

    Mess with les Canadien and their hockey spirits at your greater peril! Wait, wait, I see the ghosts at the old forum unhinging themselves from a deep slumber and sashaying spook style on over to Bell Centre…

    I was working in the lab, late one night
    When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
    For the monsters from their slabs, began to rise
    And suddenly to my surprise

    They did the mash, they did the monster mash
    The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
    They did the mash, it caught on in a flash
    They did the mash, they did the monster mash

    • tfaltin - May 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Exactly what part of the Habs game was prideful last night? The Bourque elbow? Subban cowardly looking for a way out because he couldn’t handle it anymore? The White slash before he got his face beat in? Gallagher (admittedly my favorite Hab fan and away) skating up to Conacher and throwing a punch before Conacher knew what he was doing? The Habs were an embarassment last night, and completely got what they deserved. Therrien having the nerve to open his mouth and complain about the Senators is just the icing on the cake.

  16. acieu - May 6, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Canadian Sissy Fighters sounds like a new rock band.

    • valoisvipers - May 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Acieu You better have meant Canadien and not Canadian.

  17. istallion - May 6, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Habs were wrong last night but still can’t get the Eller injury out of their system.

    Oh, and it looked to me like Cowen was the third man in when he jumped White.

  18. vipod4ever - May 6, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    LOL…this is coming from the same coach that gave the “throat slash” gesture to an opposing coach in his first stint with the Habs.

  19. philly4lyfe - May 6, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    @joeavg I remember that. the flyers were really bad the year before (i believe it was the season after t he last lockout) and got blown out by the pens several times that year. the next season the flyers do it to them once and therrien loses his mind over it.

  20. tlndma - May 6, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    What has happened to the dignity of the Montreal franchise? Sometime in the last 10 yrs. they have lost their way. Are they so desperate to win a Cup, that they have to play in such a fashion? Whining, flopping and diving, looking like they’ve been shot whenever they get hit. It’s actually sad to watch, they embarass the game and their tradition.

  21. scoocha - May 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Classless tactics – we’re losing, so let’s fight. What is this street hockey? You figure a professional organization would want to put an end to this.

  22. sterogatory - May 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    “The sign of a good coach and team with character is how they deal with adversity.” Dealing with adversity has been the story of the pesky sens season. Sens in 5. Paulrus for Jack Adams.

  23. myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    After watching his team’s performance in the 3rd period last night, Therrien is the last person who should be calling anything “classless.”

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