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Therrien won’t give Brassard, Rangers a ‘free pass’

May 25, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT

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For anyone who though Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was making veiled threats towards New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard, the Habs coach made it clear that wasn’t the case.

Therrien made it clear yesterday that he and his team knew just what Brassard, who returns in Game 4 tonight, had injured when he exited Game 1 of the series after a big hit from Mike Weaver. In speaking with reporters after morning skate today, Therrien clarified what he meant yesterday.

“He’s an important player,” Therrien said of Brassard. “That line got a lot of success, against the Penguins. He’s a good player. There is no free pass. We’re in the playoffs.

“But the intention is not to hurt the guy. I mean, come on. There is no hockey player that’s going to go on the ice, there is no hockey coach going to ask to hurt the player. But you have to play hard. We have to play Derick Brassard hard like we have to play all those New York Rangers hard with emotion and the best playoff hockey. No one’s got a free pass.”

Therrien added the Rangers are doing the same thing to their best players, including P.K. Subban who he says has been on the receiving end of “cheap shots” all series.

The gamesmanship between Therrien and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault in the past few days has been outstanding if you’re into the off-ice ways to work the game. It might be driving fans to foam at the mouth with some of the statements being made, but as Therrien told French media, it’s Shakespearean in a way — The play is the thing.

  1. biffnasty - May 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I wish this game started earlier so this clown would just stop taking already. So tired of hearing this guy

  2. thesportsjudge - May 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    I’m guessing St. P.K. hasn’t dished out any “cheap shots” during this series, playoffs, or EVER in his eyes though.

  3. 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Does this whiny little man EVER stop talking? God, the Habs can’t get knocked out fast enough.

  4. dropthepuckeh - May 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    This idiot complaining to the media is exactly why Montreal doesn’t deserve respect. They dive and consistently take cheap, behind the play shots with PK being one of the prime offenders. Imagine if Therrien had to face his own team – how much more would he be complaining?? The guy truly thinks he is smarter and more crafty then everyone, a perfect representation of the organization and fan base arrogance. Ego maniacs. Can’t wait until they are eliminated.

    • charlie24zz - May 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Thats funny coming from a bruins fan…your coach is the biggest hypocritical whiner in the NHL

      • 19to77 - May 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        You know, aside from Therrien up there. Funny story, Julien used to coach the Habs too. Where do you think he learned to whine so well?

      • charlie24zz - May 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Vigneault used to coach the Habs as well…your point?

    • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      pretty funny coming from a bruins fan.

      you cant seriously think your team doesnt do all of the above described actions.

      there is an entire montage of bruins diving done in two volume slow motion video.

      milan lucic seemed to perfect the behind the back ball tap this year. marchand is good for stuff like that too. chara always finds a way to get away with crap.

      and Julien does the same crap. was a chatter box last year, and hes all over those video montages talking about how much he dislikes diving and yada yada.

      get lost. and before you bring up the pens know that im not the one proclaiming innocence.

  5. theskinsman - May 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    The point is Subban is the epitome of a cheap shot artist. Million dollar talent, maturity level of a 10 year old. He consistently commits penalties in front of linesmen who suddenly are struck blind.
    The coach of the habs is trying to cover for an inferior team, by sending out players to take out the talent on the opposition. I can’t wait for these diving, gutless crybabies to be sent home.
    The habs have earned their reputation and get far more respect than they deserve.

  6. joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Ah! We should all thank coach Therrien for his comments. What else would you ladies be talking about? Your all such a great joy to read, almost as fun as reading Therrien’s comments.

    • avscup - May 25, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Playing the ladies like a fiddle. Foaming at the mouth with anger! LOL!

      • joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        Therrien and AV were caught on tape before the game chatting and laughing as they arrived at the garden at the the same time.

  7. oneil1234 - May 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    What a loser

  8. joey4id - May 25, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Back in the day teams would put up a cardboard cut up of a hockey player wearing the jersey of the opposing team. Then the medical staff, after studying the films, would place numbers of opposing players on the body parts where they suspected the player was had an injury. This was an annual ritual reserved for the playoffs only.

  9. slaugin - May 25, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Hard to take PK seriously when I saw him swinging his stick like a helicopter, landing on multiple Ranger players

  10. luvusa1 - May 25, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Damn. Flyer fan but hope the Rangers win this series. What a bunch of whiners!

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