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Habs’ coach Therrien: ‘We haven’t lost the war’

May 10, 2014, 10:59 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens are now facing elimination.

The Canadiens lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference second-round series on Saturday, and now trail in the best-of-seven series 3-2. The Habs had a 2-1 lead in the series – and remember Boston’s third-period comeback in Game 2? – and were in position to perhaps inch closer to the biggest upset so far in these playoffs.

“We’ve lost a battle but we haven’t lost the war,” said Canadiens’ head coach Michel Therrien, as per Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

Up for debate was Therrien’s decision to sit Daniel Briere as a healthy scratch, choosing to play Brandon Prust instead.

The Bruins came alive Saturday, making the Habs pay for a lack of discipline, scoring a pair of power play goals just 32 seconds apart in the second period to open up a three-goal lead and ultimately a win.

“We seemed more in control. … That was a great effort on our part,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

Of course, up for discussion afterward was incident toward the end of the game, when it appeared, based on video evidence, that Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton sprayed P.K. Subban with a water bottle while play was still going on.

The Bruins can now earn a berth in the Eastern Conference final with a win Monday in Montreal. Trying to wrap this series up on the road, of course, doesn’t seem like a particularly easy challenge.

  1. sixchr - May 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    He’s going to if he continues to try and outmuscle the Bruins.

  2. charastein - May 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Michel Therrien is living proof that Rogaine doesn’t work.

  3. billsin20xx - May 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Therrien is living proof there are coaches out there that outhink themselves! How can he sit Briere? More points then people he’s playing, Check these stats –
    In 8 games Briere has 4 points and is a +1. That’s as many points as Gionta and more points than both Desharnais and Paccioretty…and check this out..

    Average Time on Ice in the playoffs.
    Paccioretty 19:33
    Desharnais 19:05
    Gionta 18:41
    Briere 10:26

  4. cjnbsc - May 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    My Habs need to take a hard look at themselves before tomorrow. This morning they should be ashamed of themselves and the effort they put forth last night, with only one or two exceptions. (Price, Subban, Gallagher).

    They played soft, they avoided contact, they stayed away from the dirty areas and the front of the net.

    The game was lost before the puck hit the ice.

    Show some balls. Show some heart. Otherwise pack your stuff and go home, because you don’t deserve to be there.

    No shame losing to a team as talented as Boston, but losing for lack of self respect. Shameful.

    • thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Finally, a Habs fan who posts based on fact without resorting to any juvenile garbage just calling it like it is. THANK YOU for showing the world there are reasonable Montreal fans out there!

      • bsfan77 - May 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Great post. I knew there were good, knowledgeable, hab fans out there!

  5. crusty14 - May 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Holy crap! A rational habs fan!

  6. matt14gg - May 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I commend you. Absolutely no whining in that post. A very objective, hard look at your team. I’m a B’s fan and by no means do I think this series is over. I think Therrien made a bad mistake by not dressing Briere, and I think the Bruins were more true to their style, tho the Thornton squirt was bush league (not cuz he did it, cuz people who’ve played the game know that happens all the time, but he shouldn’t have done it while the play was going on: One cuz it’s stupid and reckless, and two cuz he risked getting a penalty), but they walked that line of chippy, without getting distracted.

    Montreal’s still a solid team (with a bad coach IMO) and if they can get back to what they do best I expect this series to go seven.

  7. thesportsjudge - May 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    I’m glad someone else agrees about Thornton(especially coming from a B’s fan, as you stated.) Definitely shouldn’t have done it during play.

  8. pastabelly - May 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    The Bruins will need David Krecji to eventually wake up. This is getting ridiculous.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Carlos Soderberg seems to be fine stepping up. At this point who cares who does it. Soderberg is a man on fire right now and Fraser seems to be the perfect complement to that line.

      Not saying that I don’t think Krecji matters but if the production is happening who cares.

      Also, Carlos is the man. No wonder Chia Pet was pushing so hard to get this kid on the team. And by kid I mean 28 year old man

      • bakedbees - May 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        And by Carlos you mean Carl, tu entiendes mi amigo.

  9. cjnbsc - May 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    For the record I was very unhappy about Thorntons shenanigan. I actually laughed about Perry and the gloves. But the big difference was Thornton did it during active play. It’s bush league and I would like to have seen a game suspension. I don’t think it had a significant outcome on this game at all, but id like the message to be that you don’t interfere in the play from the bench (though if a stick or body part comes onto the bench. Wellllll)

    Anyway. The Habs better worry about bigger issues than squirting water.

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