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Michel Therrien not afraid to attack legend St-Louis
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Following last Thursday’s crushing 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, Martin St-Louis stood in front of a pack of reporters and repeated over and over again “we played a good game”. An elocution that tickled many, including my wife, who screamed it all night, and Michel Therrien, who didn’t mince his words on the subject.

During his pre-game segment broadcast on TVA Sports and hosted by Élizabeth Rancourt, Therrien didn’t mince words about St-Louis’ comments, saying that this was the NHL, not the atomic category.

“I have a hard time with that, to be honest. We’re in the National League, we’re not out on Saturday mornings with atom or pee-wee kids. In the NHL, I apologize, but that’s not how it works.” – Therrien

The former Tricolore chief pilot also added that, based on his extensive experience as a career coach, following a humiliating 5-1 defeat, trash cans were flying around the locker room and punches were being thrown on the table. Therrien rightly pointed out that a team can’t grow by accepting defeat.

“When I hear that, it sounds like everything’s okay. It’s a dangerous game… you look at the Buffalo Sabres… they’ve got great players, but they’ve grown up accepting losses. It has to hurt to lose.” – Therrien

Having said that, I’m not in a position to certify whether St-Louis was informed of Therrien’s words during the game, which would be surprising, but in the aftermath of this setback, the coach was quite a bit less jovial. The Hall of Famer was quick to point out that many players weren’t ready.

In short, Michel Therrien was certainly pleased to hear a much more lucid Martin St-Louis after the Detroit Red Wings game than after the Florida Panthers.

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