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MICHEL THERRIEN PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER ELIMINATING BRUINS

MICHEL THERRIEN PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER ELIMINATING BRUINS

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN
On what’s on his mind after eliminating the Bruins…
This is a great accomplishment from that group, and we just beat the best team in the league. We were down two-to-three [games], and we showed a lot of character, a lot of passion. And to be able to win the series here in Boston, it’s a tough place for teams to come and play here. I’m really proud about the performance of our players.

On Carey Price addressing the team during the second intermission…
I don’t know. I was not there.

On the character of Carey Price…
For me, it showed a lot of leadership. Carey Price is a leader for us. He’s calm. He competes. He wants to play those games; he won the gold medal, those are demanding games, and again tonight, he was outstanding. He’s a true leader for us.

On Carey Price backstopping the Canadiens to the Conference Finals for the first time…
You know what, he’s a young goalie. He matured. He became a leader for us, and obviously he’s an important player for our hockey club. For us as a group, this is only the next step. That’s the way we see things, we’ve got another challenge coming up. We played really well. I thought we deserved to win that series, but that’s another step.

On the Canadiens earning respect from Boston and the rest of the NHL…
You know what, to be able to do that accomplishment, to beat the Boston Bruins in Game Seven in their building, I believe those guys have earned some respect. The respect, you’ve got to earn it, and I thought tonight, those guys earned it.

On how the Bruins’ antics/disrespect turning into motivation…
You know what, I’m not going to talk about the other team. I never talk about the other team. One thing I could tell, we were a group that was really, really motivated to win this series.

On if Montreal’s depth was ultimately the difference in this series…
Well, you need depth to be able to get success. Since we started the playoffs, we’ve used our depth, and again tonight. Danny Briere’s line really set the tone, to get that goal, I felt our team was well-prepared and excited about playing that game, and playing with confidence because of the way we played Game Six at home. But Danny Briere’s line, with [Brandon] Prust and [Dale] Weise, they picked up the first goal and it was certainly a boost of motivation and confidence. Then Danny [Briere] scored the third goal. It was a big goal for us. Danny was really productive tonight. Really productive.

 

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