Therrien: ‘You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the Senators’ (Video)

Max Pacioretty

(File photo)

It was a banged up Canadiens’ team that lost their first-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. Max Pacioretty was among the injured, playing with a separated shoulder that he suffered in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.

But he wasn’t using that as an excuse.

“We had tons of injuries during the year and it was just an opportunity for guys to step up and that’s no excuse for the playoffs,” a sombre Pacioretty said after the Canadiens were eliminated by the Senators 6-1 victory.

The Canadiens were without goaltender Carey Price, Lars Eller, Brandon Prust, Ryan White and Brian Gionta–all of whom suffered injuries during the series.

Despite the fact that the team was missing a lot of players, coach Michel Therrien said they started the game on the right foot with an excellent first period and played well in the second.

“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the Senators,” Therrien said, adding they really played well.

“(Senators goaltender) Craig Anderson was, as far as we’re concerned, the best player in the series,” Therrien said.

“He gave them a chance to stay in the game and gave them a chance to get some momentum with key save after key save.”

Therrien praised the post-season play of Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. He noted that he’s coached a lot of young kids and sometimes because they’re nervous and don’t know what to expect it can change their game in the playoffs. But the two rookies haven’t changed their game, the coach said.

“I was really impressed with the way that those kids played in the playoffs.”

The playoff loss puts an end to a remarkable turnaround this season for the Canadiens who finished second in the Eastern Conference after their last-place finish last year.

“We made a step in the right direction,” Therrien said. “We’re very aware that there’s a lot of work to do.”

You can hear what Max Pacioretty had to say below:

And you can hear what Andrei Markov had to say below:

You can hear what Peter Budaj said here:

And you can listen to Brendan Gallagher below:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)




  1. nellis13 says:

    Just glad Therrien didn’t cry. Why to keep it together big guy.

  2. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    Banged up or not, this team would have lost to any other opponent. They are not a playoff team. They are a team of frauds. They have NO GOALTENDING. Please stop lying to the fans about what a thoroughbred Price is. HE IS NOT. The Habs wasted a 5th overall pick on this fraud and now he has the big contract so good luck dumping him. Remember Ray Martiniuk was also drafted by the Habs 5th overall in 1970. Never draft a goalie in the top 5 when Kopitar, Hanzal, Marc Staal, Skille and Niskaanen etc. are available. Fire Timmins and the entire scouting staff. How many more duds will the scouts have to draft before mgmt. realizes they cannot spot Cup-winning talent. A moron could have selected Galchenyuk. Subban was a great draft selection but that’s it. Fischer, Kostitsyn, Bennett, Kristo, Leblanc, Beaulieu etc. are all wasted draft picks. Beaulieu is the next fraud the magmt. will lie about being a thoroughbred. Tinordi is big; that’s it. Who the hell thought that Diaz can play in the NHL. The Stanley Cup playoffs are not a skills competition. Gorges couldn’t play in the ECHL let alone the AHL or the NHL. I don’t care how great he is in the locker room. He is not NHL-calibre. The media has to start holding these frauds accountable by asking them the tough questions and asking the coaches and the mgmt. as well to justify their decisions and performance. Ask Price if he has let the fans and the team down with his performance. Ask him why he chokes when the games matter the most. Has he been channelling Thibault? Ask Therrien if he was out-coached and ask him if he feels this is a contending team. Stop printinhg the bs they feed you and start offering some smart opinions and candid assessments of the players and coaching staff. Stop all the lying. The playoffs have a way of separating the wheat from the chaff.

    • falconea says:

      Buddy, you need to calm down. Maybe, you should find a different team to support.

      • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

        I am tired of seeing the team I love mired in mediocrity because the mgmt. knows little about what it takes to win the Cup and only care about generating revenue by squeaking into the playoffs and being ousted in humiliating fashion in the first round. I’m tired of watching millionaires duping the team into giving them even fatter contracts and then going on vacation. Enough. I grew up watching players giving hearts and souls and losing eyes and sacrificing knees to win the Stanley Cup. Just watch the Blues-Kings series and you;ll see what playoff teams are supposed to be.

    • shandrew says:

      Maybe living among Leaf Nation for too long has caused this anger – get out while you can!

      I’d continue by saying that I disagree with most of your rant, particularly about Price, Beaulieu and Tinordi, but I don’t want to push you over the edge.

      • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

        You can tell great players in an instant. Galchenyuk and Subban looked great the moment they stepped on the ice. Tionordi is a big lug who MIGHT turn into Hal Gill if we’re lucky. Beaulieu will be a smarmy soft D man who will demand and get big bucks because he has Francophone heritage and Price is already proving to be useless in the ‘REAL’ season. It was Price who said ‘they don’t hang conference banners in this building’. Only Stanley Cup banners matter. Everything else is a sham and is for losers.

        • wrighta says:

          You can also tell great posters in an instant too. Falconea and Shandrew wrote great the moment they ttounched the computer. You are a big lug who may turn into a Shandrew if we are lucky. But spewing the garabge of your first rant show you know nothing. Your complete lack of knowledge on these players is frightnening. Maybe if you turn on KSN (the knitting sports channel) you can find something more soothing to cheer for.

  3. icky pop says:

    Didn’t mean to hit enter. It’s in a funny place on my phone. But I think the point was made. Too many people are saying its time to get big, and want key players traded. Trading skill for size is not a good idea. Get some size to let our skill perform would be a better idea. Patches is a skill guy. He isn’t really a power forward, like Eric Daze. We just need some complimentary size. Trade plekanec is not a smart move right now. He is our best center (for a short time only, but he is still needed. I will wait patiently for all the contracts, like gios, to expire. I like gio. He has a lot of heart, but his career is winding down. The only size I really think we need is another prust type guy up front, but scarier, and a crease clearing d man. But something tells me tinordi will be this guy. He didn’t back down from anyone in this series. Not even Neil.

  4. icky pop says:

    Yes, it’s time to get big. Lets blow up the team. Trade for subban for chara, patches for kassian, markov for John Scott,

  5. HABZZZ says:

    I bet they wish they didn’t sign DD to that contract . The clear thing now is they are going to change the rules for the playoffs and that change makes it hard on teams with smaller players. With the cap coming down teams will be scrambling to pick up cheaper players. Moen should have been let go with Kaberle. Webber, Gorges, Armstrong. And regardless of being hurt Patches looked soft most of the year as so did Plecanek. It’s time to get back to getting a player with fire in his eyes and wants to win . Why don’t we use the draft to pick up the best player available and if they don’t fit right away we can package them up for some grit. Time to get BIG

  6. montrealais says:

    Peter Destounis
    “New GM Marc Bergevin needs to send a message not only to his team and the fans, but also to the NHL that 21+ years is unacceptable in Montreal without a Championship.
    How does he send this message? FIRE Michel Therrien.
    Think about it. What did his team do during “crunch time,” (and this thru a shortened season no less)!
    They won exactly “just” five games out of 15.
    He is just not the right coach for this team.
    Sure some players will support him. But is that what we want? A coach to be like a dad? No.
    We want a coach to be like Scotty Bowman. Understanding, but also demanding enough not to accept injuries and say in his final quote of the season, “we have a lot of work to do.”
    (Buddy, it’s too late to say that then!!!)
    Red Fisher was right. This coach is an “id#^#^t.”

  7. Roy93 says:

    Think Budaj means garbage in Slovakian

  8. savethepuck says:

    As far as I’m concerned Max now has an official pass on not being productive for this year’s playoffs. I knew he was injured because he was questionable before every game the entire series. I will wait until next year’s playoff performance to determine whether or not he’s a playoff performer. I’m still waiting to hear what DD’s injury was though.

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

  9. Sportfan says:

    Sigh was hoping the crazy people would wait a few days before making crazy trades and stuff hey why don’t the canucks buy out Luongo we sign him for s shorter contract then we trade Price for Edler Kessler and Burrows !!!!! TROLOLO

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  10. jon514 says:

    You’re the GM. Winnipeg is listening to offers for Byfuglien. They are unwilling to take on more than 7.5M of cap space in return. They want at least 1 roster player, a prospect and a pick.

    Remembering that Byfuglien’s got 40 pounds and 40pts/season on Gryba, what’s your offer?

    • Sportfan says:

      Why would you want to lose a guy like Buff?

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It’s a conundrum, he’s a singular talent, a guy who when he’s on no one in the league can match up against effectively. But, he’s also a player who needs a lot of coddling and cajoling. His excess in weight, and cavalier disregard for his physical conditioning are huge red flags. So a GM who swings for the fences and pays the huge price needed to pry him out of Winnipeg is rolling the dice and hoping they don’t come up snake eyes. Paul Holmgren might have the stones for that, but not many others.

      Come to think of it, Big Buff will be a Flyer next season. Book it.

  11. It’s that time of year again, line up the players and line up the buses. We don’t care if you were injured, get under that bus! We don’t care that hockey is a team game, get under that bus! We don’t care if you can or can’t carry the team on your back, get under that bus! We don’t care if you exceeded expectations, get under that bus!

    No wonder the best free agents don’t want to play in this town. And you probably thought it was the high taxes!

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …need a sedative ? 🙁

      • Da Hema says:

        I was going to suggest he reduce his pharmacological intake….

      • Nah, just wishing that every year we didn’t have to line up the players, coaches and buses! Way too much finger pointing going on at who lost us this series. Bottom line is we didn’t score enough, we let in too many, played injured, got hurt by questionable calls and didn’t bring enough intensity for a full 60 minutes every night. That is called accountability. Save for a couple of guys that played their guts out this team lacked it. Coaches and players alike are responsible for their actions. What good does it do to point the finger, pass the blame and throw them under the bus? Does it make Montreal an attractive market for the best players when our rabid fans base kills and eats their own for breakfast? I think not.

  12. Gally365 says:

    To bad it had to end this way – Have a good summer everyone.

  13. alfieturcotte says:

    As with all playoffs, series came down to goaltending. One team had it, the other had none. Between Price and Budaj, that’s close to $10MM of nothing.

    For all the praise MB has received, I see many gaps. Contracts to Carey Price, Travis Moen, the mismanagement of PK and signing to only 2 years (prioritizing Price over PK, come on), not making a move at the trade deadline (ridiculous), to name a few.

    Anyway, key off season moves (and I’ve ben saying this for quite some time):

    1. Trade Carey Price – $7mm for what he brings is absurd.
    2. Trade Markov – 6th D playing 25 minutes a game for close to $6mm.
    3. Trade Gorges – Overpaid and too weak.
    4. 1 to 2 BIG D’s
    5. Sign Emery or Vokoun – cheaper, established, and better than Price

    • habs1992 says:

      LOL, you are forgetting MB’s biggest mistake that will come back to hunt him for the next 4 years, DD worst signing in the league.

      I support Carey Price

    • Propwash says:

      Might wanna go over who signed who before throwing MB under the bus.


    • savethepuck says:

      Had a few too many tonight because I’m depressed about the series, so I may as well talk like an idiot too. Price and Budaj total closer to 7.5 million, but I’m sure 10 million is better for you to make your point. When Price left this series, the series was still 2-1 for the Sens and there was no guarantee the Sens would win game 4, no matter how much help the refs gave them.
      I let myself tolerate comments like this during the day, and I just pass them by, but sometimes I just let it completely piss me off. You are constantly a basher on the same subject and I wish you would get a life or find another team to cheer for.

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

  14. matt jordan says:

    The Senators mopped the floor with the Habs, in every category.

    • kalevine says:

      and they were 7th place and Habs second. I wonder how often such an upset is this one sided. So many unpleasant aspects to this loss

      • Propwash says:

        The fact that the Senators, after getting decimated with injuries earlier on in the season, and still kept on winning means nothing?


        • kalevine says:

          still the 7th place team handily beating the 2nd place team, like a drum. Habs were decimated by injuries and had no answer for it, let alone for the Senators timely attack and defense. in would add coaching to the list of areas where Habs were outmatched

          • Propwash says:

            Seeding means squat as far as I’m concerned, case in point, the last deep playoff run for the Habs. It’s how a team gets it’s s**t together for the postseason.


        • Professor Clio says:

          Or the fact that the Habs were missing 6 regulars tonight. Experts eh?

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …time to decompress from hockey …have a few Chiantis, Scotch n gingers, mellow out

    …Frank Sinatra, Dino and the Rat Pack showin’ Us the way

  16. Gally365 says:

    Defence and Goal Tending wins games and we didn’t have either in the series. Ottawa were the better team in those areas and that’s the reason they won in 5-Games.

    If you wanna use injuries as an excuse. Than I guess we were also beat in the toughness category.

    We had a good Regular season but didn’t deserve to win a playoff round ….

    • kalevine says:

      right, the first 3 sens goals were all scored when there players were allowed to pick up Budaj’s generous rebounds and/or drive to the net. what happened in game 2. Habs drove to the net and won

  17. Don Carnage says:

    I saw a comment earlier with the mention of what was said about Price on the Antichambre and it is true Bergeron said that he found it strange that Price would injure himself and eluded that maybe Price faked it

  18. vancouverite says:

    Ironic that the first time that I am the first to post is on the last game of the season.

  19. Un Canadien errant says:

    Well, I didn’t say it out loud, but I wasn’t expecting much. A week ago I announced I was organizing a hockey party at our hall, with a pre-game street hockey game, followed by Canadiens-Sens, then Canucks-Sharks. I pulled the plug on Tuesday, explaining that with the Canucks out it didn’t make much sense to carry on, but really I just didn’t want to celebrate our elimination.

    And it was indeed a bitter night. Kind of like a condemned man’s last meal, we couldn’t enjoy it, and didn’t really get to choose the menu anyhow, we were the geese and a sour mash of Chris Neil and Chris Phillips was about to be jammed down our throat with a funnel, our collective liver be damned.

    Those fans who were clamouring for Peter Budaj got their wish, and we can hope on this subject they’ll now mercifully be quiet. The poor guy didn’t deliver, but he’s absolved of blame, it was a team loss, a series loss, not the matter of one game. We were off our game since we won in Boston and lost Alexei Emelin. Someone pulled back the curtain and the magic was lost. Carey Price lost it, our three scoring lines lost it, Andrei Markov lost it, even P.K. slowed down and sometimes lost focus. We didn’t have the horses, didn’t have the depth, Hamilton wasn’t an armory we could draw from.

    We were overwhelmed by the physicality of the Senators, which is surprising, since we dreaded the Bruins or Leafs more in that regard. Not firing on all cylinders, with a shaky goaltender, a suddenly impotent powerplay, and complacent refereeing, we never had a chance against the bigger Sens. When we tried to fight fire with fire we were slapped down. The toughness that was supposed to come from the Prust-Moen-White triumvirate, assisted by Francis Bouillon and Colby Armstrong, proved to be no match to a plethora of facewashing defencemen 6’3″ and over, and the flagrant transgressions of Chris Neil. We couldn’t beat them on the ice, and certainly couldn’t beat them in the alley.

    In a way, there are a lot of positives that we can take into next season. Carey Price, despite his plummeting performance and season-ending injury, is a solid piece to build around. P.K. Subban isn’t Raymond Bourque or Chris Chelios yet, but his improvement since last season’s training camp is astounding. Lars Eller keep showing signs that he’s about to reach the summit. Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher will be able to build on excellent rookie seasons. Brandon Prust is a warrior and team leader who can play on any team in the league.

    Yet we have a lot of questions too. Some of them of the existential type. One of them: do we take the St. Louis Blues or Los Angeles Kings road, and choose to go with size at all costs? What does this mean for our current lineup, veterans like Tomas Plekanec or team captain Brian Gionta? Do we make a decision that, as good a defenceman as he is, and as promising a season as he had, a defenceman like Raphaël Diaz cannot play in the NHL?

    What about our skilled guys in Hamilton, or those yet to come? If we decide to go with size, what do we do with Danny Kristo, Charles Hudon, Sebastian Collberg, Louis Leblanc, Michaël Bournival? What do we do at the draft? Do we pass up on Mike Bossy to draft Dwight Foster, every time?

    It may be too soon to worry about these questions, but they’ve been at the forefront for the last few days, another indication that we knew we weren’t too long for this world. The boys battled hard, but depleted, weakened by injuries, it wasn’t enough.

    We have to tip our hat to the management team and the players who transformed last season’s toxic climate, and changed our team from a laughingstock to one that battled for the President’s Trophy, no small feat. It was an exciting season to watch games, one that showcased grit and heart and skill and wins, and as a fan, it’s hard to find fault with that.

    Nice work guys, rest up, enjoy your off-season a little, then hit the gym and start getting ready for September.


    • Marc10 says:

      And yet, with a bit of luck and this series was tied 2-2. The difference between a 3-1 lead and a 2-2 series wasn’t a large one and that’s in spite of all the misfortune and misfiring you highlight.

      Not bad for a team that’s clearly not built for the playoffs with a bunch of midgets, lackluster goaltending, soft players and the odd floater. (I’m only being half sarcastic here…)

      I’m right there with you with regards to our upcoming skilled forwards. How many will make the cut given they’re not the biggest and most definitely not the most physical. Can we trade some of them for some bad mofos? Who knows….

      Would love to know what commandant thinks of our pipeline in that regard… and what then of Trevor Timmins’ future, arguably the best at drafting NHL talent, but not necessarily at drafting truculence. How will he fare when the likes of Dudley and Bergevin start to weigh in on his prospective picks…?

      Lots to ponder (and plenty of time between games to ponder it…)

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I’ve been thinking about that, as I watch the Blues and Kings demolish each other. Is it a case of Trevor Timmins unearthing these hidden gems in the fifth round, Brendan Gallagher and Charles Hudon, or the rest of the league saying: “Go ahead, you take them, we don’t want ’em.” Is the rest of the league deliberately avoiding small players, even with lots of talent, and daring us to bring those guys to the playoffs? And is that a self-fulfilling prophecy, where the GM’s tell the refs how to call the game through their various committees, so they’re not going to be punished in the playoffs by penalties, since they won’t be called?


      • Un Canadien errant says:

        From a report, on Mike Gillis’ season-ender press conference.

        “When I took this job, we decided on a style of play that resulted in great success and, clearly, the landscape has changed — and we have to address those changes moving forward,” said Gillis, who leaned towards small and fast players with his draft picks and trades.

        But Gillis also wants to ensure that the NHL still enables gifted stars like the Sedin twins to work their artistry.

        “I believe you have to have skill in the game,” said Gillis. “When people have the privilege of watching Daniel and Henrik for a year for how they play the game, and how good it is, I don’t know why we’d want to see that eliminated from the game.”

        Despite Gillis’s concerns about the direction in which the game is going, many clubs have enjoyed the fruits of an era of young stars who use more skill than brawn.

        Only one Gillis draft choice, Cody Hodgson, who has since been traded to Buffalo, has gained regular employment in the league thus far. The GM said it has been difficult to draft NHL-ready players because of the team’s success, which has resulted in later points on the draft list.

        But he vowed to introduce more young players into the lineup.

        “We are going to have to get younger,” said Gillis. “In this league, that’s the way it has to work in this day and age, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      excellent post Un Canadien errant.

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