Michel Therrien: Habs fourth line ‘a big reason why we won the game’ (Video)

Brandon Prust pic

(Photo: Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)

Brandon Prust was the game’s first star. Travis Moen was the third. And Ryan White probably played his best game of the year, according to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.

“They were a big reason why we won the game,” Therrien said of the team’s fourth line after the Habs 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

“They created some scoring chances with their intensity. They spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. As far as I’m concerned this is leadership for me. And they certainly were true leaders tonight those three guys.”

Prust scored a goal and picked up an assist. Moen had two helpers and White had one.

“We got pucks deep and we grinded them out,” Prust said after the game.

“Our line isn’t very pretty, but we got the job done.”

Asked when he was last named a game’s first star, Prust joked: “Maybe peewee. I don’t know, it’s been awhile, that’s for sure.”

The game got off to a sleepy start with only nine shots in the first period, five by the Sabres, four by the Canadiens.  But the Canadiens scored three goals in the second, starting with Prust and then Tomas Plekanec who was on the ice to replace White. Alex Galchenyuk was bumped up to Plekanec’s line in that period and scored the eventual game winner.

“I liked what I was seeing of him tonight,” Therrien said of Galchenyuk. “I liked his intensity, his decisions with the puck. It’s one of the reasons we made a change.”

Galchenyuk finished the night with five hits and 14.09 minutes of ice time, up substantially from the 8:13 he played against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

You can listen to what Galchenyuk had to say after the game here:

You can watch what Prust had to say after the game here:

And you can listen to Moen here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)




  1. gmoan says:

    I personally think that bournival didn’t deserve the demotion

  2. slyCH says:

    Watching Orpik incident now, I wonder why none of this type of shenanigan didn’t happen to us after the Pac hit last game. Was it because it was Max? Who knows.

    • D Mex says:

      2 reasons : Parros and Murray

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • savethepuck says:

      The big bad Bruins didn’t feel so big and bad considering the lineup the Habs had dressed. Also in the Habs barn, they couldn’t get favorable matchups to do their usual bullying. I fully expect Julien to be a d@ck with last change in the next game in Boston.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  3. savethepuck says:

    Habs now have obtained 19 of the last possibly 20 points and the only other NHL team with more points than them are Chicago. For some reason 24% of people who come to this Site don’t think they are a legitimate Cup contender. Not sure what others think, but I personally find that very embarrassing. WTF do they have to do to get some respect from their own fans.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • deggy24 says:

      Agree, talent .. Depth .. Toughness .. Skaters ..

      Habs Win!

    • The_Truth says:

      Its 30 games in, and although the Habs look good now, nobody is mistaking them for the the Cup champs, Blackhawks. It’s way too early to say that if we don’t call them contenders it’s embarrassing.

      As for HIO polls, 50% of respondents said Eller would finish top 10 in league scoring after 10 games this season, so that tells you all you need to know about them.

    • ffenliv says:

      They have to win something. Even a playoff round would be nice. A lot of people are remembering last season, and every other season for the last 20 years.

      They’ll get the respect you want them to have if they can maintain a high position in the standings, and win 2+ playoff rounds.

    • Alvin says:

      It’s a marathon not a sprint

  4. sprague cleghorn says:

    High point of tonight’s episode of 24CH — Brandon Prust to Leaf’s Clarkson: Oh, you don’t wanna go Murray, do ya?

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  5. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    As terrible as the Boston_Pitsburgh incident was, PJ Stock’s analysis was worse. To preach vigilante justice in a sport on national tv is a disgrace. What is the difference if a guy jumps somebody with or without the instigator rule? IT IS THE SAME THING YOU IDIOT! “If you’re allowed to jump somebody then it will prevent somebody from getting sucker punched”…might be the stupidest argument made in hockey history.

    • Da Hema says:

      I didn’t understand his incoherent “analysis and commentary” at all. VancouverHab and some others thought he was making a good point — and evidently you discerned something from what he said — but I thought what Stock said was incomprehensible. Surely an “analyst” on national television should be clear — even if what he says is controversial.

    • VancouverHab says:

      That is NOT WHAT HE SAID, dammit.

  6. Timo says:

    What did Jack Edwards have to say? And did Dr. Recchi provide his input?

  7. deggy24 says:

    Got lucky and only watched about 10 minutes of the game. What I saw were two great goals; heavy forechecking by Buffalo and Murray doing what every guy should do: crucify the guy who is going to hit you late. That said, some great periods by our boys recently, in terms of short passes, and backward short passes; as opposed to long outlets. Saw Emelin move up on the play today with a dandy chance, Diaz the other night. This is good stuff, how to beat traps, how to score goals, how to win.

  8. The_Truth says:

    What Thorton did was wrong, but it did send a message. I don’t want to seem callous, but when you hurt the Bruins players there is a price to pay. At least when it’s borderline or dirty. Max hurt Boychuk, but it was clean and they left him alone. BTW, How do you think the Pens will act next time?

    Orpik has got to protect himself playing the way he does. You are not dealing with Laraque out there and you will be hurt if you don’t.

  9. Timo says:

    Ok, am I the only one who can’t see how Orpik got knocked out like that? thornton never really had a chance to wind up and connect full force… Looks like he pocked at Orpik’s face a couple of times… i guess he “hit the spot” so to speak.

  10. Timo says:

    I didn’t really enjoy the game… too sloppy. Habs haven’t really played with fire, except for the 4th line. Buffulo did indeed have a great forecheck going, but still… clearing of the defensive zone of rather bad, some usual suspects up front were floating all night and little team intensity.

    Win is a win, but Habs aren’t going to win many game playing like that. Perhaps Michael Therrien needs to kick a few players in the ass again.

    That being said, Bruins and Penguins losing players – that’s a good enough night for me.

  11. slyCH says:

    Anybody have vid on Thornton sucker punch? Just read Bill and Kalevine exchange on other thread about PJ. Hilarious.

  12. 24 Cups says:

    We all love Subban but he has given up three goals this week on unnecessary, careless turnovers around his own net. Babcock can’t help but take notice.

    Thornton’s situation with Orpik isn’t much different from Bertuzzi and Moore.

  13. JM says:

    Hard to believe we are doing so well with a team of forwards half are very good and the other half are average or below but they are managing to win. Good on them …

    • The_Truth says:

      A ton of credit has to go to the coaching staff. Through and through, they are doing an excellent job. Really impressive. That goes to MT, Daigneault, Gallant, Waite and the gang.

  14. The_Truth says:

    A nice win, but the Habs had plenty of passengers tonight. I thought Prust, Moen and White all played their best game this season and were very strong. Them along with Pleks were the teams best players. Liked Murray a lot as well.

    PK was iffy and is not making a great case for Sochi right now. Briere is nonexistent and is MB’s worst move so far. Yes, even over DD’s contract. Eller looked pretty bad as well and really is turning the puck over at center the last few games. Now he’s lost his buddy Chucky. Really thought Gio was bad as well.

    Overall a win is a win, but the Habs have been very fortunate and timely lately and are not as good as they seem. They are still a good team and deserve kudos, especially the coaching staff. They need to make a move though, to solidify their ranking.

  15. NCRhabsfan says:

    Suspend Thornton for life!!!!

    • govenah says:

      I was at the game tonight. A bit of snore except for a couple good goals.
      Didnt even notice Briere and his ice time must have been down.
      What did Thornton do?

      Grind this.

      • 416erHabsFan says:

        Thornton started by slew footing Orpik to the ground and gave him a couple of gloved “punches” to the face and ko’d him. He had to be stretchered off.

  16. Bill says:

    Give Thornton some credit: he’s not making excuses, like Stock and Maclean, he’s taking responsibility and apologizing.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

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