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Gallagher Calls Out Stützle Embellishment: ‘It’s Embarrassing’



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Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has had enough of what he perceives to be constant and ’embarrassing’ embellishment from Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stützle.

The Montreal Canadiens lost 6-3 to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at the Bell Centre but after the game, Gallagher was more frustrated and disgusted with Stützle. With time winding down in the second period and the game tied at three, Montreal Canadiens centre Nick Suzuki zeroed in on Tim Stützle as he rounding the net along the end boards. Suzuki ended up going knee-on-knee with Stützle and the Senators forward fell to the ice seemingly in agony. The Senators trainers came out to assist him and Suzuki was assessed a two-minute kneeing penalty. Meanwhile, Stützle was able to pop right back up and headed off for the intermission.

The Senators came out and capitalized on the powerplay when Drake Batherson connected for his 14th goal of the season 29 seconds into the final frame. Senators forward Colin White would make it 5-3 at 11:30 of the period and Austin Watson sealed it at 15:56 while the Canadiens failed to light the lamp in the final 20 minutes.

When addressing the media after the game, Brendan Gallagher didn’t hold back.

“When I was 10-years-old, our coach has a rule: If you lay on the ice and the trainers or the coach had to come on the ice to get you, you’re too hurt to play minimum next three shifts,” Gallagher explained and then ripped into Stützle.

He’s a great player; I’ve played against him two, three years now. More than half the games we’ve played against him, he’s laid on the ice and is right back out there next shift. He lays on the ice; he acts like he’s hurt, he sells the call, he’s on the ice that same powerplay. There’s kids watching, we’re role models, and if I was a teammate of his, I’d tell him to smarten up. It’s just not a good look. Very talented player; very good player. He just needs to stop laying on the ice. It’s embarrassing.”