By: Adam Gretz
You might know Jacques Lemaire as a Hall of Fame player with the Montreal Canadiens throughout the 1970s and a Stanley Cup winning coach in the 1990s. He's also the man that coaches the New Jersey Devils on a seemingly revolving door basis, or whenever general manager Lou Lamoriello wants somebody to rattle a few cages and shake things up.
He's also one of the masters of the neutral zone trap, and he is perhaps synonymous with the defensive system that he implemented during his various head coaching stops with the Devils, as well as his tenure with the Minnesota Wild.
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Said Lemaire, via Lightning Strikes, "Myself, I laugh at this. I laugh at it this because are we supposed to coach as we please the people who are announcing the games or make comments on the games? Is that a new style or what? Do we have to please Milbury when we coach? It's the first time I hear of this."
Milbury was livid between periods on Wednesday night, as you can see in the video posted above.
Lemaire also appeared on XM Home ice and added a few more thoughts.
"As a coach I wouldn't have done that," said Lemaire of the Flyers strategy. "I think you're showing your players that we don't have a way of beating the team. I think every team has their own way of playing and you have to find a way to win, that's the bottom line."
It's a strong point. And I'll once again point out that Philadelphia entered Wednesday's game as the highest scoring team in the NHL, and it refused to go after a team that has allowed more 5-on-5 goals than all but three teams in the NHL this season.