Habs’ Therrien won’t second-guess Team Canada coaches (with video)

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was asked after Thursday’s practice in Brossard if he would use defenceman P.K. Subban more if he were coaching Team Canada in Sochi.

“I don’t want to second-guess the coaches there because I’ve been second-guessed enough,” Therrien said.

Therrien added that he’s rooting for Team Canada.

“In situations like this, I’m just a fan, and it’s Canada all the way,” the coach said.

The Canadiens players who aren’t in Sochi practised for the second straight day Thursday in Brossard and for the second day the club recruited some extra players to join them.

After former Hab Jocelyn Thibault was in goal Wednesday, Jimmy Waite – the brother of Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite – put on the pads Thursday along with former minor-leaguer Martin Houle. Former Habs forward Sebastien Bordeleau also took part in the practice along with three members of the NAHL’s Laval Braves.

Jimmy Waite was the Chicago Blackhawks’ first-round pick (eighth overall) at the 1987 NHL entry draft and played with the Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes.

Michael Bournival, who continues to suffer from concussion-like symptoms, didn’t take part in the practice, and neither did Brandon Prust, who has an upper-body injury. Both are listed as day-to-day. Davis Drewiske was also absent after his mother died on Wednesday.

Alex Galchenyuk is fully recovered from his broken hand and has been cleared for contact.

“We brought in the extra players to help us in practice,” Therrien said.

“The one thing that has impressed me is that the (Canadiens) players showed a lot of discipline during the time off and they all came back in good shape.”

The four Canadiens players who were already eliminated at the Sochi Olympics – Peter Budaj, Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Tomas Plekanec – were expected to arrive back in Montreal on Thursday, but won’t practise with the Habs until Monday. Carey Price and Subban remain in Sochi with Team Canada, while Max Pacioretty is with Team USA. Canada faces the U.S. in the Olympic semifinals Friday at noon ET.

The non-Olympic Habs will practise Friday and Saturday in Brossard at 11 a.m. – with no media availability – then have a day off Sunday before taking to the ice again Monday at 11 a.m.

The Canadiens’ first post-Olympic game will be Wednesday night at the Bell Centre against the Detroit Red Wings. The next night the Canadiens will face the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

The AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs are at the Bell Centre Friday night at 7:30 p.m. to take on the Binghamton Senators.

(Photo by Allen McInnis / The Gazette)

Louis Leblanc still working on his game in Hamilton, by Brenda Branswell

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Complete Olympic hockey coverage, Postmedia News



  1. Et le Canadian but says:

    True Canadian Heart!!!!!

    Way to go ladies, you have made us all proud!!!

  2. CHicoHab says:

    It’s not a cross check. It’s a missed cross check turns into clipping her skate and taking her down. Penalty shot.

  3. D Mex-iCanadian says:

    Beautiful ! Way to go girls ❗

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  4. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Woohoo!!! What a game! WTG Ladies!

  5. B says:

    Wow! Way to go golden gals!

    –Go Habs Go!–

  6. Peter Young says:

    Poulin again. What a comeback.

  7. jols says:


  8. Shiram.ca says:

    I’m on the edge of my seat listening to the radio broadcast, it’s tough to follow the action!

    Go Canada!!!

  9. Storman says:

    I am at a loss to describe what the ref saw there

  10. D Mex-iCanadian says:

    Breakaway – how is that NOT a penalty shot ❓
    Honestly, this ref is a piece of work …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  11. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Should have been a penalty shot for sure.

  12. monmick is Canadian says:

    Pretty bad reffing. It’sa shame…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  13. Sportfan says:

    I wanted a Penalty shot!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  14. Habcouver BLEEDS MAPLE SYRUP says:

    Should be a penalty shot!

    Waiting excitedly for GOLD

  15. monmick is Canadian says:

    Prediction: Catherine Ward will come out of the box and score…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  16. CHicoHab says:

    Wow. Another penalty.

  17. Storman says:

    Need to win this faceoff

  18. monmick is Canadian says:

    Ref evens it up…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  19. Et le Canadian but says:


    My hands are shaking as I type…Go Girls!!!!

    Kill it off or as Boone would say, HUGE kill

  20. jols says:

    Worst call ever. Horse Crap!!!

    Edit: OK after seeing the replay it may have been a penalty. Even up call. Yes.

  21. Storman says:

    The ref does not have the balls to call a penalty,,oops maybe she does

  22. monmick is Canadian says:

    Hilary Knight is bigger than DD…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  23. Storman says:

    Zabadabadoo great goaltending

  24. Peter Young says:

    Wow, what intensity and energy.

  25. jols says:

    This isn’t going to a shootout. Chances all over the place.

  26. CHicoHab says:

    Four on Four sucks.

  27. monmick is Canadian says:

    Win it for Charlene…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  28. Blondie est Canadien says:

    oops, 20 mins 4 on 4. Man, that sounds crazy.

  29. CJ says:

    Cool thing about the Olympics. Looking around the lunchroom, I see executives standing beside housekeepers, all with the same joy and sense of togetherness.

    Looking forward to sharing the moment with my colleagues.

    Enjoy everyone! Cheers, CJ

  30. Peter Young says:

    NBC says four skaters.

  31. Et le Canadian but says:

    We’ll jump from 5th to 3rd in the medal standings if our women pull it off in overtime.

    Go get it ladies!!!

  32. CHicoHab says:

    I thought I heard 20 min sudden death??

  33. CHicoHab says:

    Stone Cold Dineen!!

  34. monmick is Canadian says:

    Did anyone see Dineen’s (none) reaction after the goal? FFS…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  35. Shiram.ca says:

    I watched just a bit over one period of the USA-CAN game, and have to say it was quite entertaining.
    Sure it is different from the men’s game, but they still have great fundamentals, they play with passion and it’s fun to see their fast game.

    It’s cool to see all the women with their mascara/makeup, looks like some sort of war paint on them!

  36. Marek says:

    Stuck at work, can’t watch the game so im realying on everyone here for updates. What kind of format is overtime for a gold medal game? 20 mins ot then shootout?

  37. CHicoHab says:

    They’re reviewing it. The post was off its mooring……

  38. jols says:

    I can’t believe the puck hit the post on the empty net after the ref screwed up that play. Wow!!!

  39. Storman says:

    That Lineswoman check was close to being a complete travesty,, wow

  40. CHicoHab says:

    Oh Canada!!!!!

  41. PsyCONADIAN29 says:

    Holy Crap…just refreshed the Sochi hockey site….saw the new score… 🙂

  42. Mavid is a Canadian fan and thinks they should free PK says:

    wow…un friggen believable…even on the radio…so exciting my heart is racing…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  43. Mavid is a Canadian fan and thinks they should free PK says:


    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  44. Storman says:

    Canadian Heart

  45. Captain aHab says:

    The ref was out of position and lost her player.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  46. Blondie est Canadien says:

    YES!!!! Unreal.

  47. monmick is Canadian says:

    Phoque me!

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  48. jols says:

    Ya Baby!!! Here we go!!!

  49. monmick is Canadian says:

    I wish Ted Nolan was coaching…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  50. jols says:

    Are you kidding me? What drama. The linsewomen needs to get her ass out of the way.

  51. jols says:

    What a play by Spooner. So close. She had it.

  52. monmick is Canadian says:

    Bellamy should come back on…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  53. monmick is Canadian says:

    I wish PK wasn’t scratched…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  54. Mavid is a Canadian fan and thinks they should free PK says:

    why does she keep saying “keep their feet moving” its hockey..is that not fairly obvious…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  55. monmick is Canadian says:

    Go girls…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  56. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Hallelujah! Let’s get another quick.

  57. Mavid is a Canadian fan and thinks they should free PK says:

    Yea baby!!!! GO CANADA GO

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  58. Mavid is a Canadian fan and thinks they should free PK says:

    doesn’t sound very good… sigh.. at least I don’t have to deal with Sens fans

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  59. monmick is Canadian says:

    It’s getting (more) chippy…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  60. jols says:

    Time keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking into the future…

  61. CHicoHab says:

    Olympics every 4 years. Of course they should go. Represent their country is a great opportunity. If there is an injury so be it. Guys get injured in practice.

  62. monmick is Canadian says:

    They are playing like my son’s team — no one wants to pass. The wrap-around is not a high percentage play…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  63. jols says:

    The women are suffering from the men’s offensivitis.

  64. Blondie est Canadien says:

    The gals really have to get their mojo working. The victory in the round robin was their first over the US in their last 5 or 6 meetings I believe. We still seem to be giving up more, better looks than we are getting.

  65. monmick is Canadian says:

    Need to get one soon…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  66. jols says:

    HI/O first for me. Was the first person to vote in the new poll. lol. Never happened before.

  67. jols says:

    Go Canada Go!!! Lots of time remaining. Got to crash the net.

  68. CJ says:

    Let’s go ladies. Not too late, although the Sochi sandbox, er ice surface might disagree.

  69. Prop Is Canadian says:

    Uh. Oh.


  70. Mavid is a Canadian fan and thinks they should free PK says:

    I don’t know who the woman is with Gord Miller..but man is she annoying…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  71. flowerpower_74 says:

    Montreal Canadiens-2013 and forever Northeast Division Champs

  72. ClutchNGrab says:

    Go Canada Go! Canada #1! argh, maybe not, 2 -0 usa.

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