With no skate after Fridays loss to the Bruins, the Habs have had plenty of time to mire over where things went wrong in game four of the ECSF.
The ones who probably needed to do most of the thinking on the flight back to Boston were Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, and Thomas Vanek. They used to be the powerhouse first line for Les Glorieux. You might remember them.
But since the opening bell of the second round they’ve been predominant in one thing only – silence. Vanek failed to register a single shot against the Bruins in game four. Something head coach Michel Therrien is flabbergasted about. When asked if he could explain Vanek going without a shot in Game 4, Therrien said: “Tough for me to answer that.”
With the lack of cohesion and performance, Therrien has dropped Vanek from the top line, replacing him with Brendan Gallagher. The head coach has not been shy to say that these members of the team need to step up the intensity and produce.
“From our standpoint, our good athletes offensively, they got to make sure they adjust to the intensity of the playoffs and fight through those adversities and make sure that they’re impact players, because I always believe that there’s a certain way to play the game,” ~ M. Therrien
Tonight game five gets underway at 19h00 and can be seen on CBC, RDS, NBCSN, or listened to on TSN690.
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