Therrien cuts Habs some slack after 2-1 loss to Panthers (Video)

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Some boos rained down on the Canadiens during their 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre, but coach Michel Therrien cut his team some slack afterward.

“We played 11 games in less than three weeks,” Therrien said.

“Energy wise, I could tell they’re drained. And when you’re drained, there’s no more juice. Physically, you’re tired. When you’re physically tired, your execution is not quite there. You make bad decisions mentally. It goes hand in hand,” Therrien added.

“What we’ve been asking of that group in the last three weeks it’s really demanding. They’re human beings. They’re good athletes, but they give what they’ve got. So tomorrow they’re going to have a day off at the rink. They’re going to go visit the young kids in the hospital and we’re going to regroup for our next game Tuesday.”

“I’m not there to blame them, because I see and I’m aware the things that we’re asking of them, which are very, very demanding,” Therrien said.

Therrien also confirmed that George Parros, who fought against New York Islander forward Eric Boulton Saturday night, suffered a concussion and will be evaluated every day.

It’s Parros second concussion this season. He fell on his chin during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr during the Habs season-opener on Oct. 1.

Alex Galchenyuk scored the Canadiens lone goal on Sunday. The Canadiens have lost three of their last four games and have only scored twice in regulation in that span.

“I thought we showed up to play, but we just didn’t do enough to come out with a victory,” said Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban.

The Canadiens weren’t able to capitalize on a two-man advantage in the third period.

“In a 5-3, you’ve got to find a way to put it in and we didn’t,” Subban said. “And ultimately that’s the difference in the game, in my opinion.”

You can listen to more of what Subban had to say here:

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

You can watch Canadiens captain Brian Gionta here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. GoHabsGo7667 says:

    You win 9 of the last ten games and then decide to shake up the lines. I dont get therrien’s train of thought.

    pacioretty desharnais gallagher
    gio plecky briere
    galchenyuk eller prust

  2. Stewy.J. says:

    When are we going to see Tinordi and/or beaulieu again?

  3. ahabsfanoutwest says:

    Timo, man chill out!!!

    We are not even half way through the season and you’re habs are in good position. Losing sucks, but shit…everyone loses. We need scoring…I get it, but we are middle of the pack, and will be better but god damn it…go cheer for the leafs and see what THAT feels like


  4. scotland says:

    therien knows he is losing the team so he is saying things that put him “with’ them.

    “no excuses” was the motto. who does he think he is kidding. the habs are the softedst team in the league and they are still the easiest team to play against. therrien says we are “very very demanding of the” lol. the habs are the wimpeest team in the nhl. if not for price they would be bottom three.

    gionta still playing powerplay and first line duty. he has one goal in 20 games ! that gets you on the powerpaly??? he is this years scott gomez. brierre got on in those last powerplays, gionta, dd, pleks, some of them twice and three shifts…ellar?? not one second.

    this team stinks…..and the coach aint helping. losing respect for mb every game this clown is behind the bench.

    bulldogs game friday night was better entertainment than both the habs games on the week end combined. bah….wake me for thr olympics.

    • Stewy.J. says:

      I think we will let you stay asleep. It is clear you have been asleep for most of the season and only briefly awoke to watch the last 3 games. Pathetic…

  5. 19yan65 says:

    you can definitely tell that the team as a whole is tired.I cannot understand why they did not give the puck over as soon as possible to get more 5 on 3 time.I just hope they get that energy back that they had during that 10 game winning streak.Is it me ordoes it seam subban is fondling the puck alot more

  6. Bogie Man says:

    I do not get why MT is being so soft on these guys. I mean these guys get paid to play hockey, the least they can do is show up and play for 60 mins. The softness of the coach is being reflected in how these guys are playing as of late. These guys are playing to the coaches expectations.

  7. Timo says:

    So Therrien says Habs lost because they were tired. Subban says it has nothing to do with it. Boy… whooeee… who to believe?!

  8. adadi says:

    Therrien knows he’s losing the room so he is starting to say nice things. Yo MB. You’ve made a couple of dog moves already. You can redeem yourself by replacing MT.

  9. Colombiahabs says:

    Its just a hockey team.

  10. Timo says:

    So I take it that no one from the glorified Montreal press bothered to ask Therrien why the only goal scored for the Habs tonight wasn’t on the ice when Habs had 6 attackers and an empty net. Whose chances was Therrien maximizing by doing this?

    No? Not a single “journalist”?

  11. Dulljerk says:

    i hope Parros is all right. You can’t play a guy 9 games out of 35 and expect him to be able to play well, and the chances of getting hurt rise not being in the fray. I love the way people love to quote + and -’s on here. Yes Parros is a – 5, so is White and Murray is a – 9, Bouillon is – 12. So what, all goals are different circumstances. If Parro’s career is over, at least he did want he loved to do, be part of a team. Pity he was never really given that chance in Montreal.

    • Timo says:

      Parros, just like Prust, should get smarter about accepting every single fight. There was absolutely no reason for him to fight Boulton last night. Parros needs to get involved only if one of the other teams’ goons is trying to get to the other Habs players. That’s when guys like Parros should step in and make sure that more skilled players don’t have to fight.

      While I am not against fighting, I don’t the mentality of fighting just for the heck of it. Especially since you had a pretty bad concussion just a couple of months ago.

      • Dulljerk says:

        I agree Timo, but that is the coach’s job to define his role (and the GM in this case). He’s like a bull’s dick, he goes where he is pushed.

        No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  12. Timo says:

    What happened to No Excuses? Therrien is so full of crap. Him and his boss could not leave soon enough.

  13. Propwash says:

    I guess Therrien should have thrown the team under the bus, that would have gone over really well.


  14. rogieshan says:

    The Flyers had also played 11 games in three weeks when they got home this past Thursday morning after a long flight and a blow-out loss in Chicago, yet they took it to the Habs that very night.

    If guys are mentally drained now, I’d hate to see what they have left come April.

  15. jsaz says:

    That’s why they get paid the big bucks!!

  16. danigord says:

    No excuses????????????

  17. scavanau says:

    “Bleck” describes tonight.

  18. Haberoooo13 says:


    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

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