Fly on the Wall - Nov. 22, 2008
On a night honoring No. 33, two number 17’s took center stage
Canadiens resident policeman Georges Laraque was getting up close and personal with Boston’s Milan Lucic for most of the game. Bruins coach Claude Julien was less than impressed with the display.
“I bet Milan never thought he was that good that he’d have a shadow on him. I doubt it’s ever happened in his career,” he said. “It’s pretty simple, we’ve got a good hockey player who is 20 years old and a first line player. Do you think we’re going to send him against the toughest guy in the league?”
“Laraque was doing it because he was told to. Georges is not that kind of guy; he respects the young players in the league. I told Lucic not to fight,” the former Canadiens bench boss explained.
“Don’t make anything of this. Look, I don’t send guys to fight. When the guys fight, they do it on their own and that’s all I’m going to say,” he continued. “I know for a fact it was said that the guy has got to do his job and his job was to shadow Lucic tonight. Lucic is a good player and if they want Georges to shadow him then Georges gets more ice time – good for him.”
Milan Lucic plays hard to get
After Laraque’s countless invitations to drop the gloves were rebuffed by Lucic, he was playing coy about the courtship. Here’s a quick Q+A style look at how the feisty forward danced around the topic.
What happened with Laraque?
What did he say?
How does it feel?
“Ok, I guess. If that’s what they want to do, then do it.”
Did Claude tell you not to fight?
“I dunno, you’d have to ask him. I don’t really feel like talking about it, so that’s all I’m going to say.”
Tim Thomas suddenly doesn’t mind shootouts
After making 33 saves – perhaps as an homage to Patrick Roy’s big night – Bruins goalie Tim Thomas stoned all three Canadiens shooters in the ensuing shootout and was feeling pretty pleased with himself.
“It feels good to come in here and come out with a win, especially in a shootout,” he sighed. “I’ve seen Saku score on that last shot before and then he was the one walking off the ice with his arms raised, all happy. I’m the one who walked off with my arms raised happy tonight.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com