‘We’re ready for the playoffs,’ Habs coach Therrien says

Coach Michel Therrien says the Canadiens are ready for the playoffs.

“We showed a lot of character to come back after giving up three goals and as a coach you appreciate that,” Therrien said after the Canadiens gave up three first-period goals before rallying for a 7-4 win over the Senators Friday night in Ottawa.  “We didn’t quit and we showed that we’re ready for the playoffs. We’ve achieved our goal of making the playoffs and now we want to play solid and play with passion and we did that tonight.”

The Canadiens will be back in action Saturday night when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Only a handful of Canadiens players were expected to skate Saturday morning in Brossard and there was no media availability.

The Canadiens are two points ahead of Tampa Bay in the battle for second place in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but the Lightning holds a game in hand. The Lightning plays host to the Dallas Stars Saturday night.

Max Pacioretty had a hat-trick Friday night, increasing his career-high goal total to 38. Carey Price, who was on the bench as the backup to Peter Budaj, was among those in Ottawa to throw his hat on the ice after Pacioretty’s third goal. With four games remaining in the regular season, Pacioretty could become the Canadiens’ first 40-goal scorer since Vincent Damphousse in 1993-94.

“He’s an animal,” linemate David Desharnais said about Pacioretty. “He scores every chance he’s got and I don’t expect less from him. He’s a great guy, a great leader, and that’s what we need from him. All the credit to him.”

The Red Wings, who are fighting to make the playoffs for the 23rd straight season, improved their odds with a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Friday night. The Red Wings, who held the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after Friday’s win, have won two of three previous games against the Canadiens this season.

(Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Habs vs. Wings preview, NHL.com

Game notes

Habs roar back after spotting Sens a field goal, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

‘We’re ready for the playoffs,’ Therrien proclaims, by Pat Hickey

Habs’ offensive numbers less than impressive, by Pat Hickey

Pacioretty looks unstoppable, Canadiens.com

Mayor Coderre a sports fan at heart (with video), by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

CBC rooting for Leafs to make playoffs, by Pat Hickey

Senators collapse yet again, Ottawa Citizen

Wings keep playoffs in site, Detroit Free Press

This week’s HI/O Show highlights


  1. boing007 says:

    I beg to differ, coach. The D is still pretty sloppy.

    Richard R

  2. Wow! Lotta PK talk again… Seems to me creating a mountain out of a molehill.

    UCE summed it up pretty well, but I gotta believe this is a business decision ultimately for PK and his agent (who gets a hefty fee).

    Being a rational, business oriented type, one has to understand that if MG is relying on MT’s feedback for “character” all the discussion about his ego and hot-dogging are well placed media hype. The kid is young, talented and in my opinion, being mis-managed by the coaching staff. As much as I’d hate to see him go (the ghosts of McDonaugh are whispering again here), he may very well go on a business based decision bases.

    That being said, when a coach says he’s “playoff ready” and the teams defense is porous, their PP has been dismal, they have one scoring line to speak of and their ability to transition and penetrate the opposing blue-line is spotty at best, with poor fore-checking, I’d say he’s just blowing smoke to the fans and media.

    Rather he should say, I can’t figure out what to do with the rest of the team beyond the first line. I don’t know why our defensive match-ups keep making such egregious mistakes and thank the hockey Gods we’ve come back twice against a team that is in disarray.

    Tampa Bay should be beatable, but will be tough for this version of the Habs. Consistency being as it has been. After that, we’re going to be hard pressed to put wins together. Better than two years ago for sure, but I hope I eat my words.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  3. Rugger says:

    With the flyers losing to Boston this afternoon, they are only two points ahead of Columbus and could very easily slip to 8th setting up a great hopefully 7 game destruction series between Boston and Philly! Loser goes home, winner goes to the infirmary.

  4. habs001 says:

    The majority of cup winning teams have at least one D who can provide scoring…If PK is gone the Habs will need to replace him with that type of D and those are very rare…

  5. laGrandeTerreur says:

    zephyr, you managed to post this: “holy cow. u must be a union negotiator. ultra sensitive & finding offense everywhere. geez.
    btw, subban is a visble minority anywhere in Canada for those who give a crap about those things.”

    …right below where I said the whole post was being sarcastic for the very same reasons you present, just an FYI.

    My whole point is that the whole discussion of who’s a racist, how MT is a slave driver as some have said, etc. is completely ridiculous and despicable that people say these things, and promote “journalists” who do, when they have no clue how the person really is. It’s pathetic, low-brow, and intellectually insulting.

    So yeah, excuse me if I respond to that type of garbage aggressively, because the one’s initiating it, witch-hunting, those are the hostile people.

    Besides, MT’s “favorite” is Bouillon. He’s a person of color, no? So he must be ‘racist’ against people who speak English but not racist against blacks who speak French. But he does hate Danny Brière. Maybe because he didn’t know the French word for turnover on TLMEP. Ahhh, it all makes sense now.

  6. habs001 says:

    Big game for the Jets because if the Leafs win they have a realistic playoff chance as they should beat Ottawa and Florida latter next week….and it may come down to tuesday in Tampa …cheer for Tampa or the Leafs?

  7. JUST ME says:

    I wish you guys could understand as UCE stated earlier that there ain`t absolutely no controversy in the french media about P.K. or Therrien as we find on the english side. It has been that way since the beginning of the season .No waves , barely a ripple that does not live long. I guess TSN and Hio has to fill papers and hours of talk radio so they have to magnify everything.

    • Strummer says:

      Two solitudes and two perspectives.

      “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

    • laGrandeTerreur says:

      Because there’s a bigger theme they want to inject – that Quebec is a racist society, subjugating all minorities, blacks, anglos, Muslims.

      It sounds like I’m spouting a conspiracy theory, but it’s not. It’s just a latent attitude toward ‘those people’ who speak French. 🙂

    • New says:

      In Canada hockey fills a lot of media space. That corporate playing field changed suddenly with Rogers taking over and CTV/TSN/CBC coming hat in hand to the door. When the dust settles and the music stops some people with cushy chairs are going to be on stools or without a place to sit at all.

  8. 24AW says:

    Everyone is wondering what’s wrong with PK Subban? Yes he makes some blunders at times and it is only noticeable because he’s young with mostly a one line team that can’t cover up for him. We should be looking at the good things he does. How many Defensemen in the league has 53 points, Half of the Forwards on the Habs don’t have that many and they’re not treated like PK. The problem with PK is Therrien, Bottom line he can say what he wants to cover up, he doesn’t like PK and didn’t before he became coach he’s the boss now and he has PK right where he wants him. If PK signs in Montreal, I’ll be surprise if he’s smart with Therrien there, he would move on where he’s gonna be treated properly. My 2-cents worth and I don’t think I’m too far off, time will tell …

  9. crane says:

    patches d.d. vanek
    bournival plek. gally
    p.k. gally gionta
    prust eller wiese

    parros,moen,white,bork and bierre sitting

    p.k. might work up front,help to get two lines going

  10. Storman says:

    Colorado up 3-0 in St. Louis,, what a hell of a job Patrick Roy has done in Denver..

  11. Storman says:

    Blue Jays just hit back to 2B to back Jacks in the eighth inning against Yankees..

  12. Un Canadien errant says:

    Re: the Brian Wilde article, I fear he’s missing an important point about the Tremblay-Roy dynamic, which is that these two guys played together for a couple of seasons, before Mario retired and became a radio call-in show host. Mario repeated many times on air that Patrick was a little too big for his britches, got special treatment, tried to run the team. So you know that when he became the head coach, he tried to cut Patrick down to size, to our everlasting chagrin. Whatever transgression Vincent Damphousse was guilty of, he probably wrote it off as a one-time thing, forgivable. Equality is in the eye of the beholder.


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