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MICHEL THERRIEN POST GAME : BRUINS

MICHEL THERRIEN POST GAME : BRUINS

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN

On pulling Carey Price in favor of Peter Budaj heading into the third period…

I just wanted to change the momentum of the game. It was not that I was not pleased with Carey [Price]. We left him alone. When you see that, you don’t want to have your number one goalie, and I have a lot of respect for the job Carey has been doing for us, I didn’t want to leave him there. So I wanted to change momentum, and Peter Budaj was outstanding. When we scored that third goal, it gave us some life, with the result that we saw.

On Montreal’s top defensive pair struggling in the first two periods…

We need to play better defensively. That’s not our game. We can get frustrated when we don’t play our game, but it’s a character win. It’s a character win, we never gave up. It’s not easy to come back against a team that’s one of the best defensive teams in the league, with a two-goal deficit, this is the only thing I’ll remember about this game.

On Brendan Gallagher…

He scored a big goal, and he was a good net presence in front when we tied the game. He’s got no fear to play the game, that’s what’s fun about him. He deserved to score that goal and it’s going to give him a lot of confidence, with a big one like that.

On the penalty kill for the Canadiens in overtime…

We discussed about it the last few games, changing a little bit our plan regarding killing [five-on-threes]. We decided to go with two forwards, and we didn’t want to give up that point shot. That a lot of times will hurt you, and our special teams right now, they put a big presence in front of the net, so we didn’t want to give that shot. Guys did a good job to be in the shooting lanes.

On Jarred Tinordi’s ice time early on…

It’s not always easy to play in a place like here, and they put on a lot of pressure, so we were trying to protect him a little bit.

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