Growing pains limited Canadiens blue-liners Romanov, Kulak in playoffs

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A lack of consistency kept them from seeing more playoff action, but both have bright futures, assistant coach Luke Richardson says.

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

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Jul 15, 2021  •  3 hours ago  •  4 minute read  •  10 Comments

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexander Romanov looks to make a pass during second period against the Winnipeg Jets in Montreal on April 8, 2021. Photo by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette Article content

The Canadiens didn’t trust Alexander Romanov enough to play him regularly in the playoffs.

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It was the same thing with Brett Kulak.

On Wednesday, assistant coach Luke Richardson spoke about both defencemen and what kept them out of the lineup.

After playing in 54 of 56 regular-season games, Romanov was a healthy scratch for 18 of the 22 playoff games. The 21-year-old only played in two semifinal games against the Vegas Golden Knights and the last two games of the Stanley Cup final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I think Romy had a big year,” Richardson said. “He got a lot of regular-season games in. That’s great for a player. Played well. I think there’s obviously some ups and downs in the season for him. You know what, he’s an intuitive kid. He asks questions on…

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