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ALAIN VIGNEAULT CALLS OUT KIRK MULLER FOR PLAY LATE IN GAME TWO

Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault has never been one to hold back when he has something to say, and he didn't hold back one bit following his team's 5-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in game two of their seven games series Friday night. Vigneault made it clear that he wasn't happy that Habs head coach Kirk Muller, who is filling in for Claude Julien after his recent trip to the hospital, put out his number one powerplay line late in the game while already up by five.

"I saw towards the end of the game there where Kirk Muller...they've got a 5-0 lead and he puts out his number one powerplay one the ice," said Vigneault in his post game meeting with reporters. "We had embarrassed ourselves enough. I don't think we needed to get embarrassed more. I'm going to make sure our team is very aware of that next game."

It's likely Muller was simply trying to make sure that his powerplay was clicking, something that's been an issue for Montreal all season long and in the playoffs so far. The team had scored two goals on the PP in the game, but failed on the late chance. As for Muller's take on the situation, he insisted it had nothing to do with disrespect.

"I have great respect for them. I would never disrespect them," said Muller.

"We've got no practice time here. We've gotta keep working on it. .. I've gotta focus on my guys in that situation," added Muller.

"It's the playoffs."



Montreal's win tied the series at one game each. Game three takes place on Sunday. Muller made a note during the press conference to mention Julien, who is resting at home after having a stent inserted in his coronary artery.

"Claude, this win is for you," said Muller.




TIM TUCKER
AUGUST 14, 2020  (18H43)
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