Game 57, Home Game 29 | Saturday February 11, 2017 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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2-4

BLUES
St. Louis

(Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Danault – Radulov
Lehkonen – Galchenyuk – Byron
Andrighetto – Plekanec – Shaw
Carr – McCarron – Mitchell

Emelin – Weber
Markov – Petry
Beaulieu – Pateryn

Goaltenders

Montoya
Price

Scratches

David Desharnais, Nikita Nesterov, Brian Flynn

Injured Reserve

Brendan Gallagher (hand)

Game Report

 

 

Michel Therrien is a mediocre NHL coach at best who has fostered the careers of mediocre players. His difficulty at relating to and get the best from elite players is well-documented. This season Therrien has picked a fight with Alex Galchenyuk.

It’s clear that Galchenyuk would not have gotten an opportunity to break out at center was it not for the injury to teacher’s pet David Desharnais. This season, after starting as the Canadiens number one centre, Galchenyuk hasn’t been able to get back to that spot when he returned from an injury.

But why? Desharnais has looked like ECHL-level talent, playing so poorly that even Therrien couldn’t justify granting him a top-6 spot on a regular basis. But the coach as a new favorite, Phillip Danault.  And while Danault has performed well for a fourth-line centre, he has only been along for the ride on the top line.

Desharnais is the king of secondary assists. He regularly padded his point totals benefiting from his plum assignments. It would seem that Danault is following along in those footsteps riding the coattails of the Max Pacioretty-Alexander Radulov show. All this to the detriment of Galchenyuk and the Canadiens.

So Marc Bergevin may sacrifice the future for some immediate help before the trade deadline. But we will continue to see Therrien pulling hard on the reins of the thoroughbreds, effectively stalling the potential of elite players and the Canadiens engine.

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▲     Max Pacioretty, Alexander Radulov, Shea Weber

▼     Al Montoya, Andrew Shaw, Michel Therrien

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   BLUES
30 Shots 22
70% Face-offs 30%
0 for 1 Power Play 0 for 1
7 Penalty Minutes 7
32 Hits 33
66 Corsi For 37
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (31-18-8) 1 1 0 2
 Blues (29-22-5) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Weber (13), Pacioretty (28)
  • STL: Berglund (15), Perron (12), Berglund (16), Berglund (17)
  • MTL: Montoya (L) 7-5-3
  • STL: Allen (W) 21-14-3
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1.  Patrik Berglund  STL
  2.  David Perron  STL
  3.  Max Pacioretty  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Michel Therrien

Max Pacioretty

  • “We had some chances there to definitely tie it, but it’s not like we played badly. It just didn’t go our way offensively. The chances were there. We had some Grade A opportunities that we weren’t able to bury.”
  • “We want to go into every game and give ourselves a chance to win. It hasn’t been perfect as of late and we haven’t been able to put together a streak.”

Nathan Beaulieu

  • “This one hurt. Obviously, you play a good team, you play well and you don’t get the results you want, it’s frustrating. You’ve got to look at some positives. We played a pretty good game, but we’ve got find ways to win.”
  • “The losing and winning, the losing and winning, just isn’t going to cut it. We need to find some answers and find them quick. We’re just too inconsistent right now.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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