Therrien: “A lot of good things to work on from tonight’s game” (Video)

(Dave Sidaway / THE GAZETTE)

The Canadiens went into the second period with a 2-0 lead Thursday just like they did on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers — only this time they protected and built on it with a power-play goal by Brian Gionta.

The line centred by Tomas Plekanec with Gionta and Michaël Bournival led the Canadiens’ offense in the Habs 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at the Bell Centre. Each of the linemates scored a goal and picked up an assist — two helpers in Plekanec’s case. They won praise from coach Michel Therrien, including the rookie Bournival, who he said is making good decisions with the puck and playing with a lot of confidence.

“The chemistry is there with those three guys,” Therrien said.

“Bournival brings a lot of speed. He skates really well. He competes. And he’s taking advantage too, of playing with two good veteran players. Plekanec is playing very good right now. (Gionta), it’s the same thing.”

Therrien also liked the way his team played.

“There are a lot of good things to work on from tonight’s game,” the coach said.

“We were not opening up the game for no reason. And we were patient waiting for our chances, and we capitalized on (them).”

As the game drew to a close, fans chanted “Sa-ku! Sa-ku!” and gave former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu a loud ovation that continued when he was named the game’s third star.

Therrien said he was glad Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau put Koivu on the ice for the last 20 seconds and gave the fans a chance to acknowledge the courage Koivu had in Montreal.

You can hear what Gionta had to say after the game here:




  1. slyCH says:

    What’s your point. Really. Asswipe. I’ll give you all the co-ordinates to moi if you re-ciprocate. NEVER. Puss N Boots a la Timo.

  2. matt jordan says:

    Too bad Eller couldn’t motivate the Oilers to victory again.

  3. HardHabits says:

    Who is Kusa? They were chanting, “Koo-sah, Koo-sah, Koo-sah, Koo-sah!”

  4. Hobie Hansen says:

    Saku Koivu is one of the classier players to ever put on a Canadiens uniform. Unfortunately, management was never able to build a team around him. He suffered through the same thing as the team is suffering through today, too small and the years when some size was added, the players were all of the 2nd or 3rd line variety.

    The Habs are never able to find that balance of skill and size. Guys like Koivu, Gionta and Gallagher are great but add another two or three small payers to the group of forwards and it doesn’t work.

  5. oldtimerguy says:

    hope pleks keeps that up until the trade deadline! go pleks! 🙂

  6. JM says:

    Good game tonight. Hope it carries over to Saturday. That would be great!!

  7. slyCH says:

    We are…irrelevant?

  8. yukonhab says:

    Great writer though…

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  9. silversnake says:

    Just came back from the game, did not expect an easy game like that. Was great to chant for Saku once again. Man, I love that guy.

  10. yukonhab says:

    Northwest Coast advantage…

    Go Habs Go!
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  11. yukonhab says:

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