Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The mad genius of MT

    Canadiens coach Michel Therrien made an educated guess with his starting goalie last night and came away looking like a mad genius, as Peter Budaj backstopped the Canadiens to a 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins in Boston.  The method to Therrien's apparent madness in starting a career backup ahead of Olympic champion and Vezina Trophy frontrunner Carey Price on the road against the class of the conference was that historically, Budaj has had the Bruins' number, with a career 3-0 record and 1.67 goals against average at Boston's TD Garden going into last night's game.  He rewarded Therrien's hunch with what was arguably the best performance by any Canadiens goaltender so far this season.
    It doesn't explain or excuse those occasions when Therrien gives Francis Bouillon and Travis Moen more ice time than he gives PK Subban and Alex Galchenyuk or sets Jarrod Tinordi's confidence back by two months with a zero tolerance policy on rookie mistakes, but even his harshest critics have to concede that Therrien made the right call in goal last night.  He continues to win in spite of himself - a mixed blessing if ever there was one for Canadiens fans.

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