The Montreal Canadiens made a BIG move on Wednesday morning, firing head coach Claude Julien after amassing a 9-5-4 record to start the regular season. After starting the season off 8-2-2, Montreal went 1-3-2 over its last six and dropped their last two to the Canadian division’s last place Ottawa Senators. Yes, the numbers aren’t great, but fans can’t help but wonder if Julien would still be employed had it not been for a controversial call that went against the Habs on Tuesday night.
Let us explain.
With just over two seconds left, Brendan Gallagher appeared to tip home the game-winner past Matt Murray to give Montreal a 5-4 lead BUT the call was reversed for goaltender interference, even though he appeared to get pushed into Murray and the latter had time to re-establish himself in his crease. Had the Habs won… would today’s news even be a thing? Plenty of fans don’t seem to think so.
One can only wonder… Gallagher didn’t seem particularly impressed with the ruling either:
All we can do is speculate right now but a 10-5-3 record sure looks better than 9-5-4. Thoughts?