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MICHEL THERRIEN POST GAME: BRUINS

MICHEL THERRIEN POST GAME: BRUINS

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

On what motivates P.K. Subban about playing in Boston…
It was a strong game for P.K. [Subban]. It was a strong game for the team, and we all know that we have to be ready when we play the Bruins. This is a quality hockey team, probably one of the best in the league, and our team and P.K. were ready for that challenge, because if you’re not ready to play against the Bruins, they’re going to make you pay. Our team was ready tonight.

nhl 1On if tonight’s win was pretty close to a perfect road game…
Yeah, we played a solid defensive game, a good-checking game, and I thought for the most part we managed the puck well. We didn’t want to give them any life with the puck, and we were capable of scoring the second goal by playing the turnover, and we got a really quick counterattack, so it was important for us to know to manage the puck really well against the Bruins tonight.

On dressing seven defensemen and giving them all significant playing time…
Yeah, you know what, we’re in a stretch where we play lots of games. We’ve got like, tonight was seven [games] in twelve [days], tomorrow is eight in thirteen. So we try to use as many players as we can, and I thought [Assistant Coach] Jean-Jacques [Daigneault] did a good job of managing the ice time, because you know we played tonight and we’ve got another game tomorrow. So it’s important that everyone get involved again.

On using P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov playing a lot in the third period…
Yeah, you know, you look at the ice time after the second period and you say, ‘They’ve got some juice.’

On Andrei Markov scoring his 100th career goal and playing as steady as ever…
Well he’s an elite player, that’s the way that we saw him. To be able to score 100 goals for the Montreal Canadiens, this is something that is special for him, and for us too. With Andrei [Markov], you know exactly what kind of game he’s going to play, and every game he’s playing the same way.

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