May 1, 2013
Montreal Canadiens say they're not feeling playoff pressure
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien (Ben Pelosse, QMI Agency)

BROSSARD, QUE. - Michel Therrien scoffed at the notion.

The Montreal Canadiens coach appreciated the praise he received from Paul MacLean, but Therrien wouldn't have anything to do with the suggestion by the Senators coach that all the pressure is on the Habs because they're the No. 2 seed.

After three days of buildup for the first modern-day playoff series between the Senators and Canadiens, all the talk will finally turn to action Thursday when the puck is dropped for Game 1 at the Bell Centre.

MacLean attempted a little gamesmanship with reporters in Ottawa Tuesday, declaring nobody was picking the Senators to win this series because the Canadiens are a historic franchise and the No. 2 seed in the East.

"For sure, they're the favourites," said MacLean.

Well, Therrien wasn't going to let anybody — and most certainly not his opponent in this best-of-seven series — heap any more weight on the shoulders of the Habs.



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