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Therrien thinks lopsided Game 1 loss is a ‘good lesson’ for the Habs

May 17, 2014, 7:03 PM EDT

The New York Rangers put on an outstanding passing display and often looked significantly faster than the Montreal Canadiens in throttling them 7-2 in Game 1 on Saturday. Habs head coach Michel Therrien hopes this is a wake-up call for his team.

He also believes that the Canadiens came into this series with maybe a little too much confidence after beating their historic rivals (and this season’s Presidents’ Trophy winners) the Boston Bruins.

As it turns out, it’s been quite some time since the Rangers have been on this sort of hot streak in the postseason.

During that high-pressure streak, the Rangers have outscored their opponents 17-5.

If a 7-2 loss in a conference finals game against a red-hot team that has been especially difficult to put away in these playoffs isn’t enough to get the Canadiens focused again, then it’s hard to imagine what would do the trick.

“You never want to lose a game, but it’s going to bring us to get back unhurt and make sure that we as a group have to be
ready to compete and ready to play every night if we want to have a chance to win,” Therrien said. “So we’ve put that game behind us. We’re going to move forward, but that’s a good lesson.”

  1. Shanahammer - May 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Weird how every time any NHL player does something “unethical” PHT is on top of it trolling their fan base within minutes but when Prust spears someone in the nuts… nothing….like it didn’t happen…

    • puckluckpost - May 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Prust could have gotten 4 penalties during that display. Maybe it’s because Kreider is a Boston kid.

  2. theskinsman - May 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    It doesn’t count if it’s a Montreal player,of course. I couldn’t have drawn up a better, more entertaining opening game. Go Rangers, Habsman was calling for a sweep….

    • 7mantel - May 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Habsman and Montrealbbr are MIA ! Not surprised !

      • infectorman - May 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        No one is

  3. papajack1259 - May 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I do not care for Montreal but therein is a very good coach time will prove that. That being said I would love NY to sweep

  4. wishingtonredslur - May 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    The lesson is Rangers in 4.

  5. c9castine - May 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    dan bylsma woulda said we just couldnt get to our game, the other team was hungry, just werent getting bounces.

    therrien just says it like it is. we got beat up, but we needed it. well learn from it, move on.

    this was one of the great moments in pittsburgh sports. we didnt know it then, but it transformed the penguins into winners and a top organization for years.

    love or hate the penguins, youll love this press conference.

    • puckluckpost - May 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      That is tremendous! I like this guy more and more every day… and I’m a Bruins fan!

      • puckluckpost - May 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        What game is this after?

      • c9castine - May 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        press conference was held january 10th, 2006 after a game against the Oilers in which the penguins lost 3-1.

        pretty sure we had lost like 8 out of the last 10 games or something. our defense was comprised of sergei gonchar, ryan whitney, dick tarnstrom, joe melichar, rick jackman, and rob scuderi.

      • mangoman1966 - May 18, 2014 at 6:32 AM

        He should still be the pens coach. To strict for the players I guess. Castine may know more about this.

  6. puckluckpost - May 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Nice to see the hometown kid start off the scoring. Go St.Louis!!!

  7. ajg314 - May 17, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    I won’t go so far as to predict the Blueshirts in 4, because I want to keep myself from getting too hyped up. Besides, Montreal is too good a team to lose a playoff series in a sweep. Just so long as we get 4 wins, straight up 4 out of 4, out of 5, out of 6, out of 7, I don’t care. Just get ‘em! Let’s go Rangers!!

  8. 1harrypairatesties - May 17, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Rangers will lose to Blackhawks in Stanley Cup.

    • puckluckpost - May 17, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Logical assumption. Kings won’t get away with another 3 game losing streak this round.

  9. 950003cups - May 18, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Habs can S.A.D!!!

  10. jaybyrd99 - May 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Just remember everyone the rangers have lost an NHL record 13 straight games when having a series lead . As a ranger fan I hope they reverse that trend .This series is far from over.

  11. dropthepuckeh - May 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Montreal is too fixated on Boston. Their peak has come and gone. It will be back to years of irrelevance. Congrats on making the conference finals. Ha!

  12. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    It took about 4 minutes into that game to know the Habs were in deep trouble. They looked like they didn’t even want to be there. No passion. No drive. I think more importantly, no hate. They were inspired against Boston because they truly hated them. It’s like the Rangers were a a stranger on the street who displayed a pet peeve that kinda sort bothered them but not really.

    And that crowd … I don’t get it. Montreal can sell out the Bell Centre when the Habs have an away game and yet, it was almost crickets from the moment the puck dropped and got worse from there.

    The team and their fans better have a memory loss of this disaster of epic proportions or this is gonna be a short series.

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