HABS RAN IT UP AND FLYERS COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT IS PISSED!

By Tom Brennan

The Canadiens ran it up on the Flyers yesterday.

And, if they didn’t, that’s what Flyers coach Alain Vigneault thinks.

Which is all that matter as these things go.

“There’s no doubt they outplayed us in all facets of the game tonight, especially in the will department,” Vigneault said. “[But I] saw towards the end of the game there where Kirk Muller’s got a 5-nothing lead and he puts his No. 1 power-play on the ice. We had embarrassed ourselves enough, I don’t think we needed to get embarrassed more. So I’m going to make sure my team is very aware of that next game.”

That was directed more at his own club than toward Muller, who coached his first playoff game only because Montreal head coach Claude Julien had to leave the bubble after needing a heart procedure. Julien, Vigneault’s friend for nearly 40 years, will not be back for this series. Game 3 is Sunday (8 p.m., NBC).

“I’d never disrespect anybody, but we’re in the playoffs,” Muller said. “If you look at our first series against Pittsburgh, our power-play (0-12) was not great.”

“If this was during the season, it would be a different story,” Muller continued. “But we have no practice time. We’ve gotta keep working on it. I totally understand if that was his comments. I was probably expecting it. My job is to make this team as good as it can be.”

“There’s no doubt, whether it be in-season hockey or playoff hockey, you need your top players to be driving the bus, and right now [that’s not happening],” Vigneault said. “I know that their intentions are good, but it has to transform itself on the ice surface. Tonight, the whole team was off. We hadn’t had one of those in a long time.”

Claude Giroux, the captain, has one assist in five games. He declined to comment on Montreal sending out Nick Suzuki, Jonathan Drouin, Jeff Petry, and Shea Weber out for the final power play, which Brendan Gallagher joined shortly after.

Flyers coaches were furious, but did the players notice?

“Everyone sees everything out there,” said Kevin Hayes. “That’s their coach’s decision. You have to ask him.”

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