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Therrien calls weak Habs power play ‘the story’ of Game 4

May 26, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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The situation was just perfect for narratives: after failing on almost every power-play opportunity in Game 4, the Montreal Canadiens received yet another chance 30 seconds into overtime. Benoit Pouliot could have been the goat when he took that holding the stick penalty, but the New York Rangers survived and eventually won 3-2 to take a 3-1 series lead.

Taking a step back, the Canadiens experienced a woeful evening on the man advantage. They went 1-for-8 on the power play, with P.K. Subban representing Montreal’s lone power-play tally of this series. Montreal is 1-for-17 in the Eastern Conference finals after going 8-for-23 in their seven-game series against the Boston Bruins. (They managed two power-play goals in dispatching the Tampa Bay Lightning in four games, for what it’s worth.)

The situation looks bad enough without considering Carl Hagelin‘s shorthanded goal, which means that Montreal broke even on the power play despite getting eight opportunities to just three for New York.

Habs head coach Michel Therrien made no bones about it: the Canadiens power play failures made the difference in Sunday’s contest.

While the Rangers can feel proud of their penalty killing prowess, Alain Vigneault didn’t sugarcoat the lapses in discipline.

Regardless, the Rangers managed to survive those self-inflicted wounds. Time is running out for the Canadiens to figure things out on the power play and in these conference finals overall.

  1. bwayblueshirt - May 26, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Pouliot lost his friggin mind. No clue what he was thinking, but he needs to rediscover his discipline, like, yesterday.

    • johnstone17 - May 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Pouliot had me nuts tonight. Where is his head at?

      • homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        He commits the worst, most unnecessary penalties. You ever notice the bad timing of his panalties too? It’s always when the Rangers have the upper-hand and momentum. Just stupid penalties, it’s the only thing he does consistently. I know how good he can be and im rooting for him, at times he does some beautiful things but yeah, he really needs to work on the stupidity.

      • rje49 - May 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Well, the Bruins let him go…

    • imleftcoast - May 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Too many passengers. There’s a list of guys who either aren’t healthy enough to play or just aren’t committed. Rangers are completely beatable, and Montreal is just blowing the opportunity. Should have been playing desperate yesterday.

  2. sixchr - May 26, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    How about you focus on not diving around like you’re in a swimming pool and playing with a little honor and respect in your game?

    • homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Lol he must be teaching them to play that way because there’s so many Habs players who play like that, they’re like scared sissies. Stay on your feet. This is hockey, not lacrosse.

      I love the Rangers but if they’re too physical for you, then you know you’re a soft team.

    • bigwayne75 - May 26, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Really there is people are clicking on thumbs down, did you even watch the game? Bway is speaking the truth. The fake trip on Subban, and then that high sticking penalty the Canadien player was hit on the chest with stick and he jerk his head back like he just got hit in the face. The sad thing is that even the announcers were saying the Canadiens are embellishing everything and they hate the Rangers.

    • moarjam - May 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Ugh. I didn’t really have a problem with this guy before the series but wow is he a whiner. At first, I’m surprised he is able to actually lead a group of men, then I watch them play and realize most of them aren’t much of men anyway.

      I’m shocked him and PK didn’t get along at first…they really deserve each other!

  3. johnstone17 - May 26, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    No coach, the story of the game is that your team lost.

  4. nicknyhc - May 26, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    The Habs only lost this game because the puck took a run at Tarkoski.

  5. c1md6 - May 26, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Therein says, “we need to get de calls, we got de calls and we got de loss”

  6. homieshome - May 26, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    New reports in, Therien also had to say this after game 4: “Wahhh…. WAH WAHH! WAHHHAHAH!!”

    God somebody shut this guy up, he’s so damn annoying. There is nothing he doesn’t cry about. He’s a drama queen

  7. gmen4trophies - May 26, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Therrien is a mouthy POS.

  8. joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Weak PP is just part of the story. What about turnovers? Three on the last play of the game. What about the great pass from Pacioretty to a Ranger player in the slot? Lazy dump ins that were intercepted at the Ranger blue line only to end up being a 3 on 2? What about Gionta not scoring in 14 games? Or Desharnais? It’s actually permissible for these guys to score 5 on 5. I can go on and on. Habs are actually lucky Rangers missed great scoring chances because the puck was bouncing otherwise the Habs never would have made it to OT. Bottom line, and as much as the Habs deserve to be in the ECF, they’re not playing well enough to make it to the big dance.

    • blomfeld - May 26, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      *** somewhere on the heights overlooking tonight’s battle ***

      Ten Bears: and so it will be ‘they’ who we face when the great battle comes ?

      Blom Feather: it appears so … let us head back, for there is work still to be done …

  9. 19to77 - May 26, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Well, for once he’s not squalling about “disrespect” at least. I’m impressed he didn’t break down in tears.

  10. bills4 - May 26, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Hey Montreal, the rest of Canada can’t stand you! You make us look pathetic! Please separate!!

    • joey4id - May 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Pathetic = Leafs :-)

      • arrow43050 - May 26, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Joey4id and I have, shall we say, philosophical differences. Mostly other people comment on them before I do, but I have to be honest, I gave that comment a thumbs up. The Leafs do seem like a documentary on “How to Get the Least Out of Your Team and Start A Downward Spiral After Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory.”

  11. rpiotr01 - May 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Well, when for two post-game press conferences you make clear to the league that your team just can’t compete if they’re not getting enough penalty calls, and then they actually indulge your whining and diving by giving you a bunch of power plays, and you follow that up by going 1-8 and allowing a short hander, yeah you’ll have some egg on your face.

    Rangers better play a more careful game than that in Montreal because refs up there will be unbearable, they’re going to look for ANYTHING to call.

  12. 34defense2014 - May 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Does it really matter??? Who ever comes out of the West is going to Win the Cup! Hap’s or Rags can’t compete with ether team!!!!

  13. 34defense2014 - May 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Does it really matter ? Whoever prevails out of the West? Is winnig the Cup!! The Hab’s nor the Rags are on the same level with Kings or Hawks! Let’s keep it real!!!!

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