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HABS COACH TELLS HIS PLAYERS TO 'DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO' WITH TYLER MYERS

Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien is not pleased that Tyler Myers will not be suspended for hitting Joel Armia late in Thursday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Armia, who was having the best game of his career with two goals and two assists, took a hard hit from Myers late in the third period of Montreal's 7-3, receiving a concussion on the play. Upon finding out that Myers would not be be getting any supplementary discipline, Julien basically gave his players permission to deal with the situation.

"This is not the first and won't be the last for these kind of things happening," Julien said. "Teams will deal with it the way they see fit. Go ahead and do what you have to do."

"What the League decided, we can't control," Julien continued. "We can control how we perform [Saturday] and that's what we have to focus on right now"

Those are some strong words from the coach. It's worth noting that Corey Perry, who signed with Montreal as a free agent before the season began, is expected to dress in his first game for the Habs, replacing Armia in the lineup. Perry has been involved in some rough and, quite frankly, downright dirty plays throughout his career.

It's not known at this time when Armia will return. He has not yet been officially moved to injured reserve, although that could change at any time. In its official decision, the league stated it did not believe the head was the main point of contact in the hit, so no rules were violated.



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