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Therrien calls on ‘certain players’ to ‘bring us some more offense’

May 9, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Brandon Prust, Carey Price, AP

“If you look at the playoffs from the start, there are certain players that are having some trouble contributing offensively. These types of players need to adjust to the intensity of the playoffs.”

That was Montreal coach Michel Therrien today, in the wake of the Canadiens’ 1-0 loss to Boston last night at the Bell Centre. According to, the coach was talking about forwards Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais, even if he didn’t specifically name names.

Pacioretty and Desharnais have just a goal each in these playoffs — this after the former scored 39 times in the regular season, and the latter finished third on the Habs with 52 points.

While Therrien conceded that “they are being checked very tightly,” he put the onus on the players to “adapt to that challenge” and “bring us some more offense.”

The Canadiens have scored 11 goals in the first four games against Boston, and that’s actually not too bad against one of the best defensive teams in hockey. That said, five of the 11 goals were scored by defensemen, with two coming from bottom-six forwards Dale Weise and Rene Bourque, and another into an empty net.

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  1. jacketsfan7 - May 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Vanek needs to step up too

  2. justinhbhb - May 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    … This is because Montreal would then have 4 dangerous lines and a defense that is playing great hockey. They need to capitalize on Boston not being as great as thought and opening up the hole sin their young defensmen and tired Chara.

  3. avscup - May 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    It is a total mystery why he continues to sit Briere. If you want contributions offensively, one would think he would play his best playoff offensive forward a bit more. Briere has more big time playoff producing history than anyone on the roster.

  4. pastabelly - May 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Both teams are playing playoff hockey and being a bit conservative. If Therrien wants to open it up, go for it.

  5. numbcracker2109 - May 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    The onus is on Pacioretty to play through contact and make some plays for his team, his invisibility is Seguin-esque.

  6. slaugin - May 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Montreal a game right now seems to be sit back, block shots, get turnovers and capitalize on odd man rush. I don’t see them setting up in the Offensive zone and putting pressure on the D.

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