Monday, December 12, 2016

Therrien Post-Game: We want to be tough to play with our pace

After his team's overtime loss to the rival Bruins in Montreal, Habs' coach Michel Therien talks about what it means for the Les Habitants to be "tough to play against." A reporter tells Therrien that the Bruins 2-1 win felt like a test for Montreal's toughness (agree: it was a physical matchup that featured 18 PIMs in the first period, including a fight between Brendan Gallagher and Torey Krug), and he asks Therrien if he was pleased with his team's response:

PS... Here's some of the aforementioned physicality from period 1. See video below as Torey Krug knocks Andrew Shaw temporarily out of the game:

"We want to be tough to play with our pace, and the way we play the game and the way we approach the game," Therrien said. "When we are saying tough to play against it's not always about throwing big hits and getting caught out of position," he said.

Here's some more toughness: The Emelin hit on Marchand:
And here's Shaw on McQuaid:

And here's Emelin on Pastrnak:

And here's Gallagher and Krug mixing it up:

On the game-winner, Ryan Spooner's OT goal at 3:20, Therrien says: "When you get to the overtime you are almost flipping the coin. We got two guys caught late a little bit, on the ice too long, and it was tough for us to check because we were [on the ice] for such a long time." He added: "But... you know what? It was a good fight. We wish we would have won the game in overtime or in a shootout, but it didn't happen."

The Canadiens rallied on Paul Byron's goal at 16:48 of the third, but failed to get two points at home for just the third time in seventeen games (14-1-2).

Montreal still leads the NHL in point with a 19-6-4 record.