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Habs coach calls New York ‘the best team that we’ve played in the playoffs’

May 22, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

Michel Therrien AP

Having already eliminated “the best team in the league,” according to Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, the Habs now have their hands full with “the best team that we’ve played in the playoffs,” also according to Therrien.

Which might not actually make sense when you think about it, but whatever, it was a nice little shot at those “disrespectful” Bruins, and the Rangers are definitely playing some good hockey. New York has won five straight in the playoffs, including the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final versus Montreal.

“So we all understand the challenge that we’re facing tonight,” said Therrien. “Yes, we’ve got a young guy in the goalie position, but for us we’ve got to make sure we play the way we play, to play the right way, to play the way with confidence. We can’t start thinking about changing things because of the goalie. We have to make sure we play the right way.”

Therrien, if you’re wondering, was responding to a reporter who asked if the Canadiens need to play a different way with Dustin Tokarski, not the injured Carey Price, between the pipes in a hostile environment like Madison Square Garden.

Related: Get your game notes: Habs at Rangers

  1. mactruck27 - May 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    To be fair, we are the only team in the league that is allowed to roster a brick wall and play it in goal every night.

    • bmy0913 - May 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Grab your brooms gentleman. The perks of Royalty, son. All hail King Henrik.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      mactruck that is a great description he actually is playing like that commercial he made with the rhino pucks

  2. imleftcoast - May 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    The best team to accidently, on purpose skate into the best goalie in the league.

    • bmy0913 - May 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Jesus, are you guys still on that? The game winner had already been scored before price was pulled. We all saw the replay. Get off it man.

    • 7mantel - May 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Keep talking, someday you might say something intelligent !

      • imleftcoast - May 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        You’re a reject. There we go.

      • 7mantel - May 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        someday but not today ! keep trying though .

      • imleftcoast - May 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        I saw your wife kicking a cardboard box down the street and when I asked what she was doing , she said, “moving.”

    • nebbah306 - May 22, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      LOL at best goalie in the league. Lundqvist has a better career GAA and save percentage than Price. And seriously, Kreider didn’t crash the net on purpose, both legs were slashed at. Habs coach and players were calling it an accident after that game. They only started calling Kreider out days later when it was announced Price was injured in an attempt to rally the team.

      • President Charles Logan - May 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        but ,, but ,, carey price did win a calder cup in the minors now!! of course he’s the “best” … lmao

    • geejon - May 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Habs have scored a grand total of 3 goals in 2 games and even sorrier is that 2 of those goals came off ridiculous bounces. They could have started Price and Roy at the same time and they’d still be down 2-0 with that popgun offense.

    • cofran2004 - May 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      i don’t understand your comment…. no one accidentally on purpose skated into henrik. i mean… price got run, but you said the best goalie in the league, so you couldnt have been talking about him.

  3. rahavort - May 22, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    What’s the matter Therrien? Run out of things to complain to the media about? Must be killing him to suck it up and admit this

    • abouv1 - May 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      So Therrien compliments another team with class and you still have a problem with it? I don’t get it.

      • rahavort - May 22, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        You don’t, do you. He’s complimenting them because he has nothing to whine about, the Habs are getting beat fair and square

  4. jcmeyer10 - May 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    He might as well go down swinging.

    • bmy0913 - May 22, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Can’t knock him for that. Leave it all on the ice. He pulled the typical Montreal junk when price got hurt, but all in all he’s shifted the focus away for now. I’ll be interested to see if it comes back up at the conclusion of the series.

      Well, from the team and staff I mean. I know the Homers are going to boohoo about this one until next year, and it will still get mentioned the first time NY and Montreal drop the puck next year. Mark my words.

  5. infectorman - May 22, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    That picture of Therrian. Uh, the picture…

    ” Hey, ya wanna make $20.00 the hard way?”
    “Hey, did somebody step on a duck?”
    “I tell ya, I get no respect”

    • bmy0913 - May 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Hahaha, I think it was $14, but that was still hilarious. I can’t believe I hadn’t made a Rodney Dangerfield parallel after his respect rant the other day. Nicely done.

  6. joey4id - May 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Therrien referred to the Bruins as “the best team in the league” because they finished first in the league standings. TB had major issues with their masked men, and Task wasn’t good for the B’s. Lundqvist on the other hand has been very good. TB were young and inexperienced, and the Bruins had young and inexperienced d men that made a lot of mistakes, and the KIL & Marchand were no show. No doubt that the Rangers are playing much better than either TB or B’s.

    • stakex - May 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Ironically, Boston also suffered from old age on its blue line as Chara started to show it against Montreal. His play fell off significantly as the playoffs went on, and while its been reported he had a fractured finger, that’s not why he was noticeably slower.

      • joey4id - May 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        OMG! I agree with you. 😉

      • mark1260m - May 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        I am a Bruins fan, but I don’t think it was age that all of a sudden showed up. Within a matter of 5 or 6 games, he was skating very awkwardly and making plays that were very uncharacteristic. I’m not making any excuses, the B’s got beat by a hotter team, but I am still wondering why Chara and a lot of other guys just started playing horribly. A compound fracture will affect a lot of things, but to see him stumbling trying to get off the ice is just bizarre.

  7. dboldave - May 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    I do think it’s funny if he said that just to jab the Bruins. It just adds to the hate!

    • footballchamp - May 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      I don’t know, it makes me think this is one of the reasons they haven’t played well against New York. Therrien, and the team to some extent, seem to still be playing the previous series vs. Boston.

      To be taking jabs at Boston after losing 2 games at home seems like either deflection or lack of correct priorities. Maybe I’m over thinking it, but it just seems like they are out of emotion. They’ve already won their Cup the series before.

  8. penvik - May 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    The Metro-division is the strongest division, they beat each other up during the regular season and are the teams to beat in the east come the playoffs. I lol’d when I was reading some posters stating that the Atlantic was the best division. The Atlantic was the best division, last year before they switched everything. Columbus would have given Montreal all they could handle I’m sure.

    • nebbah306 - May 22, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I’m still butthurt the Rangers don’t play in the Atlantic division anymore. Why change names if you are going to keep one the same. But yea, I agree with your statement 100%.

    • r8rbhawk - May 22, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Actually the Central is the best division.

  9. papajack1259 - May 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    He reminds me of Parcels …he plays the press and uses it to say things tongue in cheek I still say he is a good coach but next year we will see if he holds the Americanization of the Canadians together when they slump or if the Great Subban gets injured

  10. mrd5c - May 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Ranger fan here who won’t speak of brooms or sweeps or the Finals until after the handshake line. One game at a time kids!

  11. cityofchampions27 - May 22, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Hope you get swept pal. And dream of what could’ve been.

  12. sixchr - May 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I’m now going to spend the next however long whining about being disrespected. /s

  13. gomta - May 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Habs fan but I’m a realist. This series was over as soon as Price went down. I think we win one in New York but it’s likely over in 5.

  14. titansbro - May 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    As a Bs fan how can that be taken as a shot at the bruins? It’s just the truth. They’re still playing & the bruins are not. I mean, the scoreboard doesn’t lie.

  15. bleedrangerblue - May 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Ho hum. Yawn. Waiting for game 3. Total garbage story. When’s the Budaj story coming out that they know he sucks and won’t be resigned??

  16. peepeehead - May 22, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Hahahahahahahaha, what else is Therrien going to say after getting smoked twice.

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