Habs coach doesn’t blame ‘suicide pass’ for Eller check


While there were plenty of debates about whether Eric Gryba deserves a suspension for his hit on Lars Eller, people seemed pretty unified about the Raphael Diaz pass that seemingly put Eller in a vulnerable position.

(San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers wasn’t shy about calling it a “suicide pass.”)

Habs head coach Michel Therrien didn’t throw Diaz, 27, under the bus to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs, though.

“I’m not going to blame Raphael,” Therrien said.

That’s as much as Therrien would say about the hit out of fear of being fined.

The Canadiens coach has developed a reputation as a taskmaster over the years, but he didn’t beat up on his team for a 4-2 loss, either.

He said he was “very happy with the way we played tonight,” which makes sense since the Habs fired 50 shots on goal against a keyed-in Craig Anderson.