Michel Therrien: Habs kept battling and ‘never quit’ (Video)

(Photo: Dario Ayala /The Gazette)

A Canadiens victory seemed improbable at the end of the first period when they had managed only three shots on goal. But they–and the Bell Centre–came to life as the Habs rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1.

“I liked the way we won that game,” said coach Michel Therrien. “We never quit. We kept battling. We were putting the pressure starting in the second period and we started to play our style of hockey. And this is one of the reasons why I’m satisfied with the team effort.”

They started the game well, but their first penalty in the offensive zone (a holding call against Daniel Brière) cut their momentum and gave a lot of it to the Coyotes, he said.

“And when they got that momentum we were having a hard time to get it back.”

Therrien changed his defensive pairings during the game, putting Andrei Markov with his former defence partner Alexei Emelin, P.K. Subban with Josh Gorges and Raphael Diaz with Douglas Murray.

“We didn’t like the transition from the defencemen to the forwards, especially in the first period,” Therrien explained. “It’s been like that probably about the last 10 days I’ll say and we figured it was a good time to make those changes.”

They want to have a player on the ice who has been recognized for moving the puck well, Therrien said, noting Markov, Subban and Diaz in the different pairings.

Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal, which went off Coyotes defenceman Michael Stone’s skate, and an empty-netter for his team-leading 14th goal.

“Coach was leaning on our line and when he gives you that type of opportunity you want to deliver, especially when things are going not how you want them to go,” Pacioretty said.

“He gave us every opportunity in the world to succeed tonight and I think that was our motivation as a line to maybe  step up.”

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

And you can listen to Canadiens goaltender Carey Price here:

You can watch Markov here:

And you can listen to what Gorges had to say here: (He helped break up a scoring chance near the end of the game during a 4 on 1 rush by the Coyotes.)

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. Stewy.J. says:

    I’m liking Murray more and more every game.

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …did anyOne watch the Manny Legace TSN pre-game bit on he being the visiting goalie in the Bell Centre ?

    …a gem

    …go to TSN’s video clips

  3. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Habs win. Good night!

  4. Timo says:

    Which of the following did Therrien like the most?

    – how Habs played maybe 20 minutes out of 60
    – how they committed 3 atrocious D zone mistakes after taking a lead and only dumb luck Coyotes didn’t score
    – how they had 3 shots on goal in the first period in their own rink
    – how they still couldn’t score 5 on 5

    There were probably lots of other things that he liked

    • The_Truth says:

      He liked that they found a way to win, even though they might not have been the better team. Thanks to your buddy DD, Max and Price. When it was time to turn it on, they did.

      I’m not saying anything about them being a contender, but they are a top 10 team in this league.

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Markov: “…I’m still a hockey player, not the coach !’

    …love that Guy ! 🙂

    • Timo says:

      I think Markov was a key played on that Habs second goal as he kept moving all around the Yotes’ D zone thus messing up their ability to maintain a disciplined box. Also taking away attention from Pacioretty and DD as he really is the man to watch out for.

  6. FANHABULOUS says:

    The turd star?!
    “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.

  7. Seps says:

    Reality Check time:
    After a losing streak we are currently tied with the “mighty” St Louis for ROWs, and 2 ROWs back of Chicago with a game in hand… The difference between the elite and above average teams in this league comes down to shootout wins so it seems. Which… is absolutely ridiculous, the NHL should rethink their point system.

  8. DLN-CH4Life says:

    Great end of game.
    DD Finally looking confident out there again.
    Too bad Briere isn’t movable, I’d rather see him walk than Gionta at the end of the season.
    Either way, we need to loose at least one of our small guys if we expect to go anywhere come postseason.
    There’s no way MB is watching is and feeling satisfied.


    • jimmy shaker says:

      Too bad that he doesn’t get the ice time like DD got when he was struggling…….MT talked of player fatigue and then goes out and plays 3 lines! Smart!

      Shaker out!

      • Timo says:

        That he is. Smart.
        I also thought that line of Moen, Prust and Bourque was the best line in the first and they generated some decent chances. Then, of course, Therrien broke that line.

  9. PrimeTime says:

    Ok micro minded fans…… Go ahead and misrepresent these post game comments with your own spin.

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