Montreal Canadiens coach, Michel Therrien, was rightfully upset after losing the Eastern Conference Finals to the New York Rangers. Eagerly wanting a chance to win the Stanley Cup, Therrien was only two games away.
A stressful game even for those watching, imagine what Therrien was feeling as he watched his team be eliminated. And being the coach in such a hockey obsessed city only adds to the disappointment.
“It’s really tough for tonight talking about the entire season, because I know it’s like when you get close to achieving a goal, it hurts, and it hurts more when you’re close,” Therrien said after the final game.
Despite the loss, Therrien was a huge part of taking the Canadiens as far as they went. The club was the worst in the Eastern Conference only a few short years ago during the 2011-12 campaign. Going from that to making a run at becoming the best in the Eastern Conference is an amazing feat. Therrien’s regular season record over these two seasons was 75-42-13 in addition to making it to the playoffs both years.
Therrien currently has one year left on his contract and it is rumored he will be given a contract extension before this time is up.
Jacques Demers was the last coach to win a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. He told the media that no one can imagine what playoff hockey can take out coaches, players and staff alike; an incredibly stressful situation for all those involved.
Despite the loss, the Canadiens an an epic year. One can only wonder what the team will bring to the table in the 2014-15 season.