Therrien: “A lot of credit’ to the Sharks (Video)

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Coach Michel Therrien liked his team’s effort Saturday night at the Bell Centre, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Canadiens over the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks have lost only one game in regulation this season and lead the National Hockey League with 19 points with their 9-1-1 record.

“They’re a fast team…They’re strong on the puck. And they don’t give you a lot,” Therrien said after the Habs 2-0 loss.

“They play really well defensively as we could see. But we were right there with them. We had our chances in the second period but their goalie made some good saves at the right time. And they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. So a lot of credit to (them).”

The Sharks have been averaging 38.6 shots per game –the most in the NHL–and allowing 23.1 shots per game, on average, the second least in the league. They outshot the Canadiens 35 to 22.

Travis Moen left the game after getting cut in the second period, but Therrien said he’ll be fine. A few minutes later, Gallagher lost his balance and banged into the boards, but didn’t miss a shift.

“Give them credit. They smothered us. They forced us into making plays that we shouldn’t have made,” said defenceman Josh Gorges. “We need to be better when we’re in those situations.”

The Canadiens announced after the game that they’ve reassigned Nathan Beaulieu and Patrick Holland to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Beaulieu only played one shift in the third period.

“I thought he didn’t have confidence tonight. He was on his heels a little bit. And that’s a process with young guys. It’s normal,” Therrien said.

You can listen to what Gorges had to say here:

And you can listen to Brian Gionta here:

And you can listen to Carey Price here:





  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …let Me go out on a limb here …I doubt there will be an ALN tonight

    …sobriety, or lack of, may be the cause 🙂

    …Mike, Stu, Dave and Ian & cos. doing shooters in houses of ill-repute ?

  2. The Dude says:

    Lets be honest here for once..granted no Prust and Wolvereen but still = WHERE THE FK WAS OUR HIGH PRICED VETERANS!!! And this is the problem, they don’t stack up with most NHL TEAMS! The Globe trotters were in town again and we are the mofo Washington Generals,ARGggggggggggggggggggggg!
    Congrats Matty..may the bird of fertility continue to mistake you for a statue ..

    • Bill says:

      I’m not sure they were Generals bad, dude. They still miss Emelin tho.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • savethepuck says:

      I know I am a few hours late, but despite your overuse of Caps and exclamation points, I saw a completely different game, and I definitely see a completely different team.

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

      • kairos66 says:

        I am in agreement with this post. What did we have here but a depleted Canadiens team that competed hard until the very end. Add some experience defense (Emelin and Murray) and our fowards back (Prust, Max Pac and Parros) this could have been a different result. Regardless,v with a healthy lineup this is a good team. Hopefully they can hang in until players are back.


  3. Habsrule1 says:

    Back home just east of Ottawa.
    Regardless of the outcome, I had a great time at the Summit. Was great to see Mike & Elizabeth again. always cool to see Ian and fun times chatting with Jason M. We also got to chat briefly with Hoegarden at the game.

    Thanks to everyone for a great day…next year i might just stay the night. Safe trips to wherever home is for everyone!

    And about the game….the Sharks were the better team tonight, but the Habs created some pretty good chances, and the refs were slightly off their game, in my humble opinion.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  4. HardHabits says:

    So Ian wanted me to post something on his behalf but I don’t know what. Happy to see Sholi, Stu Cowan, Punkster, Crosseyed_mofo, on2ndthought, Ali B., Jason M, and anybody else my quasi-inebriated and memory deprived self might have missed. Happy summit. Tank it is!!!!!

  5. Phil Dude says:

    I know hockey athletes will go where the money is, but bring a Calgarian, it feels wrong that Iginla is with the dirty Bruins. Glad the Devils beat them… . And I hope we school them next game

  6. Bill says:

    Hey Matty, be careful of any turnstiles at the hospital, ok?

    And congrats 🙂

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …missing key Players, We still put in an effort that kept the score respectable against a genuinely good team

    …absolutely nothing to be ashamed of

    …We are also, when fully healthy, a good Team

    • BrianSkrudland says:

      Agreed, HiS! Solid game against one hell of a talented team.

      Daily recommendations for October 26
      Song of the Day: Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
      Movie of the Day: The Great Escape

  8. Mattyleg says:

    Home from the summit and timing the contractions.
    Going to be a busy night, I think.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Wow! That’s amazing! Best wishes to you and your wife Matty!

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …first resolution Matty, in Your raising, commit faithfully to prevent He or She from EVER being a Weedz fan

      …God Bless Your coming Child Matty, and You and Your Partner’s future

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