May 6, 2013
Don't get caught in the Canadiens-Senators rivalry, argues Michel Therrien
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien during Sunday's game against the Senators. The Senators defeated the Canadians 6-1. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

OTTAWA - Michel Therrien wasn’t happy Monday.

Trailing 2-1 in the club’s first-round series against the Senators and coming off a 6-1 loss in Game 3 Sunday at Scotiabank Place, the Montreal Canadiens coach didn’t like the insinuation he set off all the third-period fireworks.

Speaking following an optional skate Monday, Therrien maintained he didn’t let his emotions get the best of him, nor did his team throw in the towel when the brawl started with 12:56 left in the game and the Senators leading the game 4-1.

“Which guys were there to fight?” asked Therrien.

Told it looked like he had thrown in the towel, Therrien then went a step further.

“We played four lines all year long,” added Therrien. “If I were to put out guys who were going to fight ... one of our tough guys, Brandon Prust, where was he? I put out our fourth line.

“Travis Moen, Ryan White and Colby Armstrong. Colby Armstrong has fought two times in his career? (Jarred) Tinordi is a young kid. Francis Bouillon? Do you really think that was the purpose? Come on, I hope you know the game better than this. Don’t get caught in that rivalry ... That’s the line. Don’t get caught.”

The Senators can’t afford to get caught up in the hype, either.

While the Senators are in the driver’s seat in the 417 Series, they have a lot of work left to do if they’re going to win this series, and that starts with pushing the Habs to the brink of elimination with a victory in Game 4 Tuesday at home.



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