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Julien 'pissed' at refs; can he survive the Habs losing streak?

2 décembre 2019
Montreal coach Claude Julien says the Canadiens played a good game last night, but the result was a familiar one as the Habs lost their eighth in a row, 3-1 to Boston. In a post game interview, Julien was particularly upset with a holding call on Nick Cousins midway through the third period that led to David Backes scoring the game-winning goal for Boston.

"[Torey] Krug's stick is stuck under his own player and as a referee in a 1-1 hockey game you gotta make sure when you make those calls and I'm pissed off at the way that was handled. Not in a good position to see it and he makes that call, ends up giving them the go-ahead goal and takes away an opportunity for us to win a hockey game."

"I thought we played really, really well and then that penalty behind the net is what changed the outcome of the game," Julien said. "It's unfortunate. It was a bad call."


For anyone who watched the game, they'd have a hard time disagreeing. Montreal looked much better than they have in previous games for the first 46 minutes or so. But when David Pastrnak tied the game at 1 with just over six minutes gone in the third, Boston seemed to take over from there.

Now the question becomes can Julien survive this major losing skid that the Canadiens are on? The streak is the Habs longest in close to 80 years and, at some point, GM Marc Bergevin is going to have to make some kind of move to indicate that he's attempting to right the ship. Perhaps Julien isn't entirely to blame for Montreal's recent struggles, but as any hockey fan knows, the coach is usually the first to bear the brunt when a team is losing. Toronto was on a six game losing skid when Mike Babcock got the axe recently. That leads us to a related question: should Julien get fired, who replaces him? Do the Habs look internally (current assistant coach Dominique Ducharme or Laval coach Joel Bouchard)? Or does the team look outside for a possible solution? Could Mike Babcock get a call or has his reputation been damaged too badly after all the stories that came out when he was fired in Toronto? About the only thing that we can say with absolute certainty is should Julien get fired, his replacement will not be former Calgary coach Bill Peters. Outside of that, all bets are off.

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