Leafs 6, Habs 0: Post-game reaction (Video)

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Canadiens’ Josh Gorges throws a third-period punch at Toronto’s Frazer McLaren at the Bell Centre.
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• AUDIO: Michel Therrien’s post-game news briefing

The Toronto Maple Leafs breezed past the lacklustre Canadiens 6-0 in a game they dominated from start to finish.

“That was a bad performance from our club. There’s no doubt about that,” Coach Michel Therrien said after the game.  “We’re going to find solutions and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

“We got a really, really slow start,” Therrien said. “They beat us with speed.They were ready to play and we weren’t ready to play. We tried to make a push in the second period–we got 20 shots–and it was just a bad night.”

It’s the Canadiens third loss in a row. For the Leafs, it burnishes their impressive road record (6-1-0). They’ve won most of their games on the road this season.

The Leafs set the tone from the get-go scoring at 59 seconds into the game on a goal by Leo Komarov.

Tyler Bozak, James Van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel, Korbinian Holzer and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Leafs.

Tempers flared with melées in the third period. Max Pacioretty scrapped with Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski and could be seen saying to an official that he’d been bitten.

“I saw the bite., It’s clear on the video,” Therrien said. “I’m sure the league is going to pay attention to that.”

Therrien also said the team hopes the league reviews an incident involving Leafs forward Colton Orr who appeared to extend a knee to take down Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec.

“When you have Colton Orr pull his knee on Plekanec, what are you going to say? Pretty clear, we hope the league is going to review that,” Therrien said.

When Plekanec was asked after the game if he thought it was an intentional attempt to injure, he said he didn’t know, he hadn’t seen the replay.

“I got a pass from our D, I thought, I saw him at the last second and tried to jump over,” Plekanec said.

 

You can hear what Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges had to say below:

You can hear what Brendan Gallagher had to say below:

You can hear what Canadiens captain Brian Gionta had to say below:

You can hear what Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had to say below:

43 Comments

  1. Danno says:

    test

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  2. ron181 says:

    for those who feel that adding just a goon is not the way to go , you are right. However reality is that we will play the leafs many more times and the rules allow the orrs and mclarens to do what they do.The habs need more toughness on the D so Bergevin should be dealing for Erskine or better yet Matt Carkner . He has enough skill as a player and he KO’d Orr !

  3. TheHotGlove says:

    The Habs got it handed to ‘em in their own goddamn barn!

  4. rhino514 says:

    Hockey is a crazy game. Through the first few games we could skate with anyone and now look what happened. I personally think that since the New Jersey game where the devils came back and we were lucky to win it due to an overtime penalty, you could sense the team´s confidence slowly fading. The bruins game ahurt alot as well; we had multiple chances to put that game away and if we did we would be riding pretty high right now.
    The team has to do something to get its confidence back, i´m not sure how you do that. But this is what sets teams apart; how they respond to adversity. Every team goes through what the habs have just gone through; with dogged perseverance, determination you get out of it. Since they aren´t a great team, moreso a decent one, they have to work doubly hard to get out of this funk; there are going to be on gifts handed to them, they can´t count on a hat trick or someone to explode and just take over a game for them. But they have enough good pieces to rebound if they just stay disciplined and play the system.
    I´m not so worried about Markov; if you look at the replay on the goal, he was flatfooted and still just about managed to stay with kulikov except he kind of slipped off of a push towards the end.
    But Cole does worry me.

    • mchenske4 says:

      Man I am so sick of this team getting pushed around, by Boston,the Laffs,etc. I love Prust, but he shouldn’t have to carry everything himself
      We need a Ferguson to keep the other teams in line… disgusted

  5. Habby67 says:

    Lets see what kind of excuses the coach will make after Tampa has their way with this joke of a team.

  6. NightRyder says:

    Deal for MacIntyre. I’m serious. He can’t play at all, but neither can Armstrong, who can’t fight a lick. Just dress him once in awhile. Doesn’t mean we need to abandon the notion of team toughness. It just means Prust can’t fight behemoths every night, and once in a blue moon, you need the knuckle-dragger. Mac is a little cuckoo.

    http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/97306
    http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/89196
    http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/93965

  7. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    All I can say is that despite it all, after watching those interviews my respect for Gorges was increased exponentially. And I already thought highly of him.

  8. anotherhab says:

    A lot of questions after tonights game!
    Do we have the softest D in the league? Or maybe team for that matter?
    Armstrong or Blunden?
    Isn’t Moen suppose to add some toughness?
    Who’s more useless this season DD or Cole?
    How could we lose so badly to half an AHL team?

    • NJhealthyscratCH says:

      Some answers:

      * Yes on D, no on team.
      * Blunden.
      * Yes, but Moen disappears in games like these and will be involved in an unnecessary fight Tuesday against Tampa.
      * DD, if Cole wakes up at least he won’t get pushed around like a rag doll.
      * I don’t know, but I just watched it.

  9. Habilis says:

    FUBAR. That is all.

  10. Stormin says:

    I am sure everyone may have seen this already but if not watch this video it is unbelievable, hockey ref has had enough takes his helmet off and goes nuts on player who bumps him and knocks him over. HILARIOUS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yFpsd2JuXs

    • Muckbringer says:

      In russia, ref fights you!

      Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
      Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
      Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
      Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
      Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

  11. NJhealthyscratCH says:

    Let’s get the finger off the panic button. Every team lays a few eggs every season, this is just magnified b/c of the opponent. Let’s hope that MT keeps the process going and builds the talent and toughness of this team. Some notes from tonight:

    1.) Somebody really needs to put a whoopin’ on that little punk, Grabovsky.
    2.) Markov has looked slow the last couple of games.
    3.) Cole looks uninterested and Gionta looks like he’s about done.
    4.) Gorges needs to be the captain of this team, seems to be one of the few guys on this team that brings it every night.
    5.) Liking Gallagher, wish all our smurfs were tough like him.

  12. VancouverHab says:

    Blaming White & Budaj for this loss, Therrien? Hmm?

    List the Habs today who were absolutely totally and without the minutest exception utterly useless. (Hint: they are all forwards and Head Coaches.)

  13. Say Ash says:

    In Soviet Belarus, arm bites you!

  14. jedimyrmidon says:

    Have to laugh at braindead Leaf fans who say that if someone’s forearm was by a player’s mouth, they deserve a chomp. What are these guys, three yr. old toddlers?

  15. Mr. Biter says:

    Anyone notice Komo did not play and has sat out the last 4 games and no, I don’t want us to trade for him.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  16. Stormin says:

    Last time I think the Habs lost by six at home, Alain Vigneault was coach he was fired after the game and replaced by Michel Therrien ver 1.0 lol

  17. habs001 says:

    From the drop of the puck no energy…Faceoff loses have been an issue for the last 3 years….I have rarely seen a team lose their balance and fall as much as this team does in all zones …giving and receiving a pass on the rushs is very poor…

  18. Sportfan says:

    That interview shows why Gorges deserves to be this teams captain
    great speaker and great defensive player. Gallagher what can I say you play like you are bigger than CHara and thats amazing glad he made our team. Looking forward to the next game so they can rebound and prove to everyone this was just a freak game.
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  19. Newf_Habster says:

    The league is looking at the Grabovski biting incident and Orr’s attempt to injure Plekanec right now.

  20. NLhabsfan says:

    They stunk the place out!!No excuses.

  21. 1010 says:

    Hearing Gorges is good stuff. Because of his pride.

  22. Dudley the Dog says:

    Just one of those nights — it happens– on to Florida for a win and all is well

  23. habfaninyyc says:

    Habs were just not mentally in the game from puck-drop. It happens.

  24. issie74 says:

    Have you only now discovered that.Have you not watched the Bulldogs games.

    NorthTOHab

  25. otter649 says:

    Habs made Reimers night pretty easy as most shots seem to hit him in his midsection…..

  26. 24moreCups says:

    On a positive note, I’m loving Gallagher kids got the heart of a lion.

    Also happy I won’t have to read someone write “First!” on this thread. lol

    • Stormin says:

      Second lol & i love Gallagher as well, type of player teammates learn to love as well as fans, a complete keeper, competes every shift, and works on his game daily to get better on and off the ice .

    • Bill says:

      Gallagher’s a gem, and we can wish he were 6’2″ instead of 5’8″, but if he were, we couldn’t have gotten him at all, much less in the 5th round.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  27. Mr. Biter says:

    +1

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  28. Sportfan says:

    I’m thinking having White tonight might have been a good thing frankly he’s got an aggressive edge that might scare some people cause who wants to get jumped and punched a lot cause he hits fast.

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  29. Mr. Biter says:

    He’s not the biggest but your right he is a rapid puncher and will go with anyone. And win or lose as he skates to the box it’s with a smile on his face. gotta love him.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory


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