“There was no argument,” Gomez added. “It was a coach yelling at the player for messing up a drill.”
“We’re all grown men,” said Hal Gill. “We get heated and yell at each other. That’s part of the game, part of a team.”
“I played for an emotional coach, John Tortorella, and this happened often,” Mathieu Darche said. The difference, he added, was that practices in Tampa were covered by two journalists, not the battalion that descends on Brossard.
“It was more about competing and doing the drill the way it was intended to be done,” said Randy Cunneyworth, who restricted Gomez to less than eight minutes of ice time against Carolina Monday night and would not confirm that the Canadiens’ highest-paid player would be in the lineup against Boston.
“We’re looking for the lineup that will play the right way,” Cunneyworth said.
The coach also benched Andrei Kostitsyn for what Cunneyworth described as “three shifts, three turnovers that were painfully obvious.”
“Our job,” Tomas Plekanec said, “is to play hockey and not worry about who is playing and who is not.”
Lines at practice: Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty | Darche-Plekanec-Bourque | Leblanc-Eller-Palushaj | Kostitsyn-Gomez-White
Yannick Weber was back at practice, but in a no-contact jersey