It's never great when your favourite hockey team ends up on a losing streak. Fans need someone to blame, and unfortunately for Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, that happens to be him. Habs followers want him fired along with general manager Marc Bergevin.
Almost all of the Canadiens' problems were summed up in a tweet from TSN Radio host Mitch Gallo, who wrote, "They’ve lost 4 times to a team with 15 wins. They’ve taking 8 too many men penalties. They’ve lost 9 times when leading going into the third. They have a terrible home record. And the coach always throws the players under the bus..."
Gallo is referring to the Detroit Red Wings, who currently have the worst win-loss record in the NHL (with a mere 15 victories out of 62 games).
Four of those wins have come against the Canadiens, who have yet to beat the Red Wings a single time this season.
In the latest match-up, Montreal led 3-1 by the end of the second period. However, they gave up three goals in the third to lose the game.
They’ve lost 4 times to a team with 15 wins. They’ve taking 8 too many men penalties. They’ve lost 9 times when lea… https://t.co/fP3Sh2W8xS— Mitch Gallo (@Mitch Gallo)1582121657.0
Following another defeat, fans seem like they have had enough, and the hashtags #FireJulien and #FireBergevin began trending on Twitter.
"100% in support #FIREJULIEN #firebergevin Management & Coaching is holding back this team. Have you seen the team strategy? Just wondering, I've been looking @CanadiensMTL" wrote @ChillyWhillyNL.
"Meltdowns against NYR ARI DAL, last night against DET are unacceptable. Enough is enough. Us fans don’t deserve this shit. This team is better than its record. #FireJulien" wrote @Habsessed2.
@dasconcepts @kimi8 100% in support #FIREJULIEN #firebergevin Management & Coaching is holding back this team. Have… https://t.co/MnQFyI5Bod— Keith Fillier (@Keith Fillier)1582121716.0
Meltdowns against NYR ARI DAL, last night against DET are unacceptable. Enough is enough. Us fans don’t deserve th… https://t.co/9pOy9l6PlM— Antoine 🇨🇦☘️⚜️ (@Antoine 🇨🇦☘️⚜️)1582118584.0
@HabsFanInTO I think this is so unacceptable. They need to pack their shit. #FIREJULIEN #firebergevin— Sandra HabsFan E. (@Sandra HabsFan E.)1582112322.0
@CanadiensMTL time to #FIREJULIEN #firebergevin The team sucks top to bottom lately 😡— brian d (@brian d)1582126054.0
@PJStock28 It is not a language pb! Poor drafting poor developement ! Can’t sign a backup goalie no left D and no #1 C #firebergevin— alin delong (@alin delong)1582125889.0
I think now it’s time to #FireJulien he has coached a playoff team ONCE in his past 6 seasons (including Boston). T… https://t.co/JVAdHy8bY9— Matt 🇮🇹 (@Matt 🇮🇹)1582084375.0
@TonyMarinaro Please give me one example of a non-expansion team in any sport where this amount of losing is accept… https://t.co/v7fTzG4Rmt— docikenhl (@docikenhl)1582083363.0
#Habs lost another game..they were leading 3-0 and lost 4-3!! #NHL #FireJulien— Daniel (@Daniel)1581821469.0
Fans even suggested their own replacement for Julien, with many choosing Gerard Gallant as the ideal replacement.
Gallant was the former coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, who made it to the Stanley Cup finals in their very first season.
@HabsBeard I wouldn’t mind seeing a Gerard Gallant & Ducharme team head up the coaching staff— MarkEatMark (@MarkEatMark)1582125837.0
@MitchyGallo How many coaches go through three potential eight game losing streaks in a season and stay employed. M… https://t.co/3Oxi73xHI1— RollingThunder (@RollingThunder)1582085460.0
@PatrickDenis20 GM - Patrick Roy Coach - Gerard Gallant Assistant-coach - Guy Boucher— Francis L'Allier (@Francis L'Allier)1582126622.0
Habs are better than this, is Gerard Gallant available?! #tsn690 #canadiens #habs— DanDeschenes (@DanDeschenes)1582082516.0
Just throwing this out there. My list of possible coaching candidates for Les Glorieux: Gerard Gallant Bob Hartley… https://t.co/eztaghbGTv— HabMan69 (@HabMan69)1582122934.0
@PJStock28 For a guy like Gerard Gallant, hell yes. Bring him here!!— Etienne Courchesne (@Etienne Courchesne)1582116240.0
"I wouldn’t mind seeing a Gerard Gallant & Ducharme team head up the coaching staff," wrote @ONYOURMARKus.
"How many coaches go through three potential eight game losing streaks in a season and stay employed. Maybe if he was coaching the 89-90 Nordiques. Gerard Gallant would be a good fit," wrote @Thunderwing1974.
All of this just shows how seriously Montreal fans take their hockey.
It remains to be seen if there will be any changes made behind the bench.