Coach Michel Therrien gave the Ottawa Senators credit for playing a good game in their lopsided 6-1 victory over the Canadiens that included nine game misconducts and 236 penalty minutes. But he also took sharp exception to Senators coach Paul MacLean calling a time-out with 17 seconds left in game, something he said he’s never seen before.
“You let players dictate (the game). As a coach you never want to humiliate the other team. It’s exactly what MacLean wanted to do. For me it’s a total lack of class. Even when I mentioned it to the referee he had never seen that either at 17 seconds,” Therrien said.
“Whatever he’s going to say, it’s 6-1 with 17 seconds left.”
MacLean defended the time-out, rhyming off three penalties called against the Canadiens in the last few minutes of the game and saying his intent was to protect his players.
“I had 10 players left on my bench,” MacLean said.
“I put them on the ice. And I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I felt bad for the referees. But they wouldn’t let me bring my players back to the bench so I could tell them what I wanted them to do. So my only recourse was to take the time-out because I didn’t want anyone to get hurt. It was already getting dumb enough as it was.”
“So in order to protect my players under circumstances that were instigated by the Montreal Canadiens I was forced to protect my players and I will do that every time,” MacLean said.
The Canadiens made some key mistakes and then let things slip away, Canadiens’ defenceman Josh Gorges said after the game.
“We can be mad at them all we want. But after we made a couple of mistakes and got down I think we didn’t respond the right way,” Gorges said. “In the playoffs, at this time of year, we can’t lose our cool and I thought for a stretch there in the third, we lost our heads.”
You can hear more of what Gorges had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta had to say after the game below:
And you can hear what Max Pacioretty had to say below: