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Therrien: Sens ‘abused’ Gallagher in Game 3

May 6, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

The war of words between Montreal and Ottawa continued on Monday, as Habs head coach Michel Therrien accused the Senators of abusing star rookie Brendan Gallagher in Sunday’s 6-1 loss.

Gallagher was in the midst of a number of incidents during Game 3. He drew three first-period roughing penalties from Jared Cowen, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil, then threw down with fellow rookie Cory Conacher in a third-period fight:

As the replay shows, the incident was instigated by Montreal forward Brandon Prust, then quickly followed up on by Gallagher.

While it’s unclear if Ottawa actually planned to go after Gallagher, it certainly made a point of rendering him less effective than in the first two contests.

In Game 1, he scored a power-play goal and finished with a team-high eight shots on net. In Game 2, he notched the game-winning tally while recording four shots on goal.

In Game 3, Gallagher finished an ugly minus-3 and was held off the scoresheet entirely.

  1. sippindasyzurp - May 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Therrien has lost control of his team.. There on ice actions is portrayed from the top down, you can tell they are an emotionally fragile bunch.. There is a lot of “abuse” going on with both teams… It is the playoffs, and this is time of year it separates the men from the boys.

    • bosoxfanpeds - May 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Therrien I’m glad you speak french…..God that’s all you have to do to coach the Montreal Canadiens…Wow too bad you can’t coach a lick…..What were you doing before you were hired as coach, driving a cab???? Tell your team to smarten up and dive like they do, their good at it……But believe you me, your just going to tick off the Ottawa Senators and pound your team into the ground….Well it seems to me you haven’t got a chance and you’ll be in the jobless line come Friday morning….Best Regards BoSoxFanPeds…..

  2. 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Bergevin needs to muzzle Therrien fast. Every day, he finds a new and exciting way to further emasculate the franchise with his crying accusations. You’re losing because you’re being outcoached, outworked, outplayed, and because Anderson is making Price look awful. The Sens aren’t playing dirty. Bourque has the only legitimately suspendable hit in this series and he got off scott-free because of the jersey he wears. SHUT UP AND COACH, you spineless whiner.

    • pensfan1 - May 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      I agree with both of the first two posts. Therrien was a marginal coach at best when he was with Pittsburgh until he was fired. Having talent is one thing but abusing it by not knowing how to coach it is another, evidence Bylsma as a rookie NHL coach taking the same dead “Therrien” team near the end of the season from out of nowhere to the Cup finals.

      Now the Habs have him but is it because he is a superior coach or he can speak French? He has marginal control of his team and is allowing the refs to run it for him. It’s a get away with what we can and let someone else be responsible for it. At least that is the perception as he is doing nothing to stop it. It’s not hockey when 236 minutes of penalties are handed out and the whole line fights at one time.

      Granted the game steps up a level in the playoffs but it should be players talent and not the goon squad intimidation Montreal is currently using. I guess that is his players skill and how he uses it.

  3. tlndma - May 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Hey Coach T, Your whole team got abused, don’t single out Gallagher.

  4. hockeyflow33 - May 6, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Apparently hockey is a physical game everywhere except Montreal

    • bosoxfanpeds - May 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      What’s really amusing is that the teams that make DIVING a big part of their game are on their way out just look at: Vancouver Canucks lost 4-0 to San Jose Ouch!!!! Vancouver Fans
      Montreal Canadiens Down 3-1 to my new favorite team north of the border the Hardworking Ottawa Senators
      Last but still Diving the Pittsburgh Penguins tied 2-2 against fast and young NY Islanders
      Wouldn’t it be just amazing if all the hardworking teams were the only ones left in the 2013 playoffs…Simply amazing…..

  5. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Surely you see what Therrien’s on about…he’s trying to survive in hockey mad Montréal while drawing attention away from his team.

    And, he’s trying to light a fire under his boys through left-handed reference intended to inspire. It’s not about Gallagher being abused, it’s about the team permitting it to happen. Paul MacLean’s done the same thing, same purpose, different method.

    I like Therrien for standing up for his kids, good on him!

  6. philly4lyfe - May 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    but obviously the Canadians were skating around the rink with halos over their heads all game….

  7. scionofflame - May 6, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Brendan Gallagher might not know about smashin’ melons, but Rene Bourque sure does! HEYOOOO!

    But in all seriousness, this series is bananas.

  8. gallyhatch - May 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Keep talking Therrien, although it seems impossible, you keep making yourself look worse every time you open your mouth.

    The Habs just keep embarrassing themselves, and it couldn’t happen to a better franchise or fan base.

  9. sheckyrimshot - May 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

  10. myroncopesflask - May 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Is it really a surprise that Therrien would whine about his team get roughty up. Have you ever heard what those fans sound like every time one of the Habs get hit? It is pretty funny considering Subban is one of if not the dirtiest player in the league. I am still waiting to see that P.O.S. get whats coming.
    Therrien needs to apply this speech to his team!

  11. 2cucry - May 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    In his post game interview, T was about to break down and cry. Common Really, Frustration builds up, we all get it.. but to sulk because of the antics of a time out .. get real.. grow some then learn how to motivate your team.. cause obviously, crying isn’t working… btw how’s that crying coming along?

  12. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Wow! what’s up with this guy? now it is utterly too much. Shut up! He’s become annoying. Really! if he’s looking for solutions, then he should start with the guy in the mirror.

  13. dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    his turn to say the world is picking on us. next up quenneville,vignault,mclean, julien.etc does anyone just lose no excuses or complaining. thats right nothing from hitchcock,boudreau,babcock. l

    • 2cucry - May 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      I think AV is closer then the ones mentioned.. as the canucks are about to be swept …

  14. concoursrider - May 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Boy the Habs make it so easy to be the leagues most despised team.

  15. sens101 - May 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I’m surprised that the Ottawa police didn’t multiple phone calls from habs fans complaining about the game! lol

  16. bman7206 - May 6, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Has anyone heard how the Chara trial is going?

  17. hockeywithdrawal - May 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM


    Man, I don’t miss Therrien…what an ass.

  18. mjdkid100 - May 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Where’s Habsman disappeared to?

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