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Jake Allen had a lot to say about his withdrawal during the last Canadiens' game
NOVEMBER 9, 2023  (8:51)
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Jake Allen had a lot to say about his withdrawal during the last Canadiens' game

During Tuesday night's game against the Lightning, Jake Allen and the entire team didn't show up in the first period. However, Martin St-Louis's men seemed fired up, playing against an opponent that had fought a tough battle in Toronto the night before.

After the fourth goal, Allen was replaced by Samuel Montembeault, and it worked. The Habs got back into the game but ultimately lost 5-3.

The four goals can't all be attributed solely to Jake Allen; the entire team needed to play better in front of him. However, changing the goaltender is a way to try to spark a turnaround, and clearly, Allen is aware of that.

When asked about his removal in the first period, the goalie had some very insightful comments, reminiscent of the greatest leaders:


Jake Allen on if it's awkward getting pulled from a game: "no, you sit right down and you support your team right away. I'm not a believer of guys going to the locker room - I hate seeing that - you sit your butt on the bench where you deserve to be...."

- Jake Allen, via Priyanta Emrith


It's true that seeing a goalie storm off to the locker room or sulk on the bench doesn't present a positive image of team spirit. Kudos to Jake for his leadership and these comments. Many other athletes could take a page from his book.



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