Canadiens F Eller on Oilers: 'They play a little bit like a junior team'

Oct 22, 6:21 PM

Canadiens forward Lars Eller added a little controversy to the all-Canadian Tuesday matchup between Montreal and the Oilers, comparing Edmonton to a junior hockey team in their unpredictability.

It can be anything, you know? They play a little bit like a junior team, I think, sometimes,” Eller said to Chris Stevenson of canoe.ca. "They take a lot risks, a lot of chances. They’re a little all over the place. There’s not a lot of structure always in their game. It can really be anything. You don’t know. I prefer a little more structured game."

Edmonton sits at the bottom of the Pacific Division and has allowed a league-worst 36 goals - an average of four goals allowed in each of their first nine games.

Eller is tied for the Canadiens scoring lead with Alex Galchenyuk with seven points. Montreal defeated the Oilers 4-1 in Edmonton on Oct. 10.

Oct 22, 11:45 PM

Habs fans not happy with Eakins response to Eller comments; hilarity ensues

Oct 22, 11:45 PM

Canadiens fans are a passionate bunch and that passion was out in full force following a 4-3 loss to the Oilers on Tuesday. Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins attracted the ire of Habs faithful on Twitter with his post-game remarks about comments made by Canadiens forward Lars Eller.

Some chose to take a shot at his team's record:

Some resorted to time-honoured meaningless phrases like "bush league" to describe Eakins' remarks:

Others used it as an opportunity to question his competency as a coach, which seems slightly premature just 10 games into his NHL coaching career:

And plenty of people simply chose name-calling as their preferred method of venting, calling Eakins a "twit," an "idiot," a "punk," and a "baby," which is exactly what you want to call someone when you're sending angry tweets about a hockey game:

Hear that? That's the sound of every non-Canadiens hockey fan drowning in schadenfreude.

Oct 22, 10:29 PM

Eakins thanks Eller for comments following Oilers victory

Oct 22, 10:29 PM

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins took time to thank Canadiens forward Lars Eller for his inspirational comments during the post-game press conference after Edmonton defeated Montreal 4-2 on Tuesday.

Eller's "junior team" comment appeared to spark the Oilers, who posted consecutive victories for the first time this season.