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Canadiens coach: Eller's comment on Oilers 'inappropriate'

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Anton Belov falls over Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller at the Bell...

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Anton Belov falls over Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Oct. 22, 2013. (ERIC BOLTE/USA Today)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller didn't know what to expect from the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

"It can be anything, you know? They play a little bit like a junior team, I think, sometimes," mused Eller after the Canadiens morning skate Tuesday.

"They take a lot of risks, a lot of chances. They're a little all over the place. There's not a lot of structure always in their game. It can really be anything. You don't know.

"I prefer a little more structured game. Then again, I don't mind high-scoring games, too. Obviously, we're going to try with their skilled players to limit their chances."

Well, Eller might have qualified that by saying the Oilers are a little bit like a pretty good junior team, at least after they erased a 2-0 Montreal lead with four goals as the Canadiens' own structure went somewhere down Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal in what turned out to be a 4-3 loss for the Habs.

"That was an inappropriate comment," said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien of Eller's breakdown of the Oilers.

"That's the nature of being in a market like this. You have to be careful what you say," said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta of Eller's comments. "What he was trying to say was they have a highly-skilled team that takes risks. You have to be patient against a team like that."


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