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Claude Julien defends his decision to bench Max Domi; Domi agrees

Tim Tucker   ·   16 janvier 2020
As far as Montreal head coach Claude Julien is concerned, benching Max Domi was the right decision despite the Habs losing to Chicago 4-1 Wednesday night. Domi took what he admits was a bad penalty with the Blackhawks up 2-1 in the second period. The resulting powerplay led to another Chicago goal and a 3-1 deficit that the Habs were not able to overcome.



"I did what I had to do, simple as that," Julien said, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels. "I don't have to explain it more than I did. It's not the first time he's taken a bad penalty. There's consequences, and sometimes those messages (date back a lot further) than the situation right there."



Domi was pinned to the bench for the final 8:33 of the second period, including when the Canadiens were on the powerplay themselves. For his part, Domi recognizes his coach made the right decision.

"During the play, I certainly wasn't trying to take a penalty," he said. "But I watched the replay and it's a penalty. So that's how it goes. Unfortunately, they scored on that."

You can't do that - especially in the situation we're in right now. It is what it is. Coach's decision, and obviously I can't afford to do that."

Which Pittsburgh Penguins player was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on June 22, 2012?
Alexander Semin
Eric Staal
Jordan Staal
Justin Faulk
Riley Nash
Ryan Murphy


Montreal's loss was the team's ninth in their last 11 games. The Habs currently sit nine points away from the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 34 games left to play in the season. Making the playoffs isn't impossible but it's looking less likely with every loss.





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