Sabres-Canadiens: Penalties Sink Habs, Coach Shrugs

December 14th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 3 Buffalo 4 (Bell Centre)

posted by Rocket All Habs

Penalties, again. The Canadiens added seven minor penalties tonight bringing their season total to 170. They have second most in the league, only two fewer than the Philadelphia Flyers.

Hal Gill played the role of Mr. Obvious tonight saying, "It's easier to kill them [penalties] when you're not taking them."

When coach Jacques Martin was asked if there will be consequences for players who take too many penalties, he shrugged and said, "Right now, we have 20 healthy players. We basically played with 11 forwards tonight."


While the Canadiens played 12 forwards, Martin was justifiably excluding Georges Laraque who played four shifts and 2:20 in ice time.

But what was the rest of the message? Was Martin saying that he can't impose discipline on his team? Was the coach saying that he won't demand accountability while the team has a handful players with of injuries?

So, are we to understand from Martin's comments, that the teams in the league that are playing disciplined hockey are injury-free? Does he really expect us to believe that ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - NHL
Article written by


Comments are closed.