'Tonight we had to beat two teams and it was tough.” After his team blew a three-goal lead and lost its fourth-straight game, CanadiensMTL coach Claude Julien rightfully aired his grievances with the referees. (via EricEngels)
After his team blew a three-goal lead, thanks in part to questionable refereeing, Canadiens coach Claude Julien didn’t mince his words, neither in French nor in English, when he was asked whether he was more frustrated with his team for blowing a 3-0 lead or with the officiating. And we don’t blame him for venting.Dallas Stars as a crutch to explain how they blew a 3-0 lead and dropped a fourth consecutive game — but none of them did. Not even Max Domi, who was bleeding profusely from a cut to his lip that opened up following a third-period collision with Stars defenceman Jamie Oleksiak, one that got worse after he took a straight arm to the face from Mattias Janmark in overtime. He said, “No comment on that,” when asked about the officiating. It was only after his brief scrum that we asked Domi to explain why he was bleeding, and he said, “Two high-sticks right to the face.” Joel Armia was at the other end of the dressing room. He searched for some way to explain how a hook he got called for in the second period — a seemingly innocuous one-handed stick lift — went unbalanced when he was pulled down on the rush in overtime. Sign up for NHL newsletters Get the best of our NHL coverage and exclusives delivered directly to your inbox! NHL Newsletter *I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time. “The ref said I toe-picked,” said Armia. Admittedly, Armia went down easy on the play in question. But so did Andrej Sekera to draw the penalty on Armia that led to the power play Dallas scored its second goal on. It was just five minutes before that goal that Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot was tripped in the offensive zone. Frustrated with the no-call, Chiarot took a one-handed swing at Blake Comeau, slashed him on the back of the leg and was called for it. He wasn’t available to comment, though. Ilya Kovalchuk also wasn’t around to discuss a slash that broke his stick and went un-penalized. And Brendan Gallagher was getting treatment for a leg injury he suffered early in the first period, so he wasn’t available to explain what was said in his exchange with official Dean Morton, which left him incensed after Tyler Seguin scored his second goal of the game with a backhand shot at 2:52 of overtime. Cameras caught Morton telling Gallagher, “Go (expletive) yourself.” Gallagher retorted, “You want me to go (expletive) myself,” which he repeated before telling Morton to shut the (expletive) up. And then he shattered his stick to smithereens on his way off the ice. All the players who were available in the room after the game took ownership for letting this crucial game slip away. But Canadiens coach Claude Julien didn’t mince his words, neither in French nor in English, when he was asked whether he was more frustrated with his team for blowing a 3-0 lead or with the officiating. And we don’t blame him for venting. “We’re up 3-0, we’re playing well,” Julien said. “We make a bad mistake and give them the puck on the first goal [Marco Scandella passed it directly to Joe Pavelski, and Janmark finished the play]. But in those situations after that we could have had power plays… There’s so many… It was such a poorly managed game, let’s put it that way. “I think Kovalchuk gets an automatic penalty, that slash. And I think on Chiarot, if you look at the penalty, or the replay, he gets tripped and he gives a one-hand slash, so we get the slash and no trip. Armia — if that’s a hook, well then in overtime there should have been a penalty on him. Max, in overtime there, gets a stick in the mouth, he’s bleeding from the mouth, there’s no penalty there. “Like I said, (the officials) looked frustrated, or one of them looked frustrated tonight — the referee. He should have been, because to me it was embarrassing. I can’t say anything else. We take responsibility for some of our stuff and when we’re not good I’m going to stand up here and say we weren’t good enough tonight. Well, tonight we had to beat two teams and it was tough.” There’s no excuse dropping a game the way the Canadiens did, but there’s also no denying the validity of Julien’s comments afterwards. And his frustration, in a season that’s seen his team lead the NHL in shots and high-danger scoring chances (according to naturalstattrick.com) but draw the 25th-most penalties, understandably boiled over. It also obviously enraged Julien that there was no accountability from Morton, who refused to talk to him after the game. Stream NHL games on Sportsnet NOW Stream over 500 NHL games blackout-free, including the Flames, Oilers, Leafs and Canucks. Plus Hockey Night in Canada, Rogers Hometown Hockey, Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey and more. Read more: Sportsnet
CanadiensMTL EricEngels Not a Canadiens fan but he has a point. Why don’t the refs ever get fined or suspended for BS calls? CanadiensMTL EricEngels Bet he misses being in the Boston Bruins organization. Why in the world did he agree to come back to Montreal? CanadiensMTL EricEngels And montreals first 2 goals their players were right in the crease. But thats ok..goddam excuses are so obsolete now. Next time score 5 goals u wont need excuses
CanadiensMTL EricEngels ...Carey Price can undo all the good work the players put in...it undermines team morale something fierce...either they lose a lead...or they're placed in a hole...any other player would be a healthy scratch...guess who starts next game... CanadiensMTL EricEngels I am a die hard habs fan, and although I agree there were missed calls, this team has become so predictable. We go on winning streaks, then as soon as we lose 1, we lose 4 or 5 in a row! They have no confidence in themselves! Trade up NOW!!
CanadiensMTL EricEngels 😿 EricEngels CanadiensMTL Ohhh Claude, how many leads is that you’ve let slip away? It’s time to change direction. CanadiensMTL EricEngels CanadiensMTL EricEngels The officiating was bad, and at one point or another every team pays for it. Last night was MTL’s turn. That said, you can’t blame blowing a 3 goal lead entirely on the refs. Would be nice to see some accountability. Appalling what they get away with.
EricEngels CanadiensMTL They didnt lose cause of the refs but they didnt have a chance to win cause of them .. CanadiensMTL EricEngels NHL If Julien is fined for simply telling it like it is because your official couldn’t do his job then that’s terrible. Give your head a shake and fix the bigger problem instead of finning and suspending anyone with the courage to speak up.
Canadiens clinging to hope that miracle run to playoffs is still possible - Sportsnet.ca'At the end of the day, it’s pretty simple: We’re going to have to get on a really good winning streak if we plan on getting back into this hunt.” Reality catches up to everyone eventually, and the CanadiensMTL are no exception. (via EricEngels) EricEngels CanadiensMTL EricEngels CanadiensMTL So, Price starting against Dallas? Boston and Pens were always going to be tough to take to OT let alone win in regulation, so the result should already have been built into any faint hope. The loss to the Yotes hurt. Dallas would hurt more. But if they lose AGAIN to Detroit! CanadiensMTL EricEngels Bye bye Julien
CanadiensMTL EricEngels NHL Your league and your officials are a joke. Last night a veteran ref of almost 1000 games showed complete disrespect for the game, the league and the team, there had better be disciplinary action for that. No different then a player. EricEngels CanadiensMTL Carey Price should send Morton a thank you card this morning. Because of Morton, nobody is talking about the weak ass backhand floater the $10 million man let in in overtime.
CanadiensMTL EricEngels How do you Spell Fir.. ? ? ? CanadiensMTL EricEngels I am a Habs fan. But this was not on the refs. This is on the coaching staff not being able to keep this team going for a full 60min. Coaching has been bad for the Habs for a few years now. PP sucks Team D sucks. Time for Montreal to get rid of CJ and MB
CanadiensMTL EricEngels Always someone else’s fault in Montreal CanadiensMTL EricEngels There has never been any accountability on the refs. I mean how does a ref get away with that and nhl NEVER comes out with a statement. Refs are supposed to be the ones that make sure cooler heads prevail. This guy is a joke. Refs should be subject to fines as well.
CanadiensMTL EricEngels You should have seen the Blues Ducks game. Worst officiating in a long time. CanadiensMTL EricEngels 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 CanadiensMTL EricEngels Claude Julien, you’re brain 🧠 dead. CanadiensMTL EricEngels Lead 3-0 and lost because the ref’s 🤭
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CanadiensMTL EricEngels He will be fined but he is ABSOLUTELY right! Refs have devolved to calling games based on the score. If you are ahead by two goals you will RARELY get a PP but are almost certain to go on the PK. Seems the NHL wants to 'keep it close' to continue the myth of parity. CanadiensMTL EricEngels I mean, the refs were absolutely atrocious and most likely cost them the game, and I'm not even a Habs fan
CanadiensMTL EricEngels It wasn’t two other teams. It was the two extra men the Stars had who were Hab killers out there last night. CanadiensMTL EricEngels Morton was bad and nhl need make sure this will be fixed. Ref can't use the 'F' word. and be on all channels and social media. believe me he was very bad.
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