Edmonton - Feb. 21, 2014: In what was easily the biggest game of his career, Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price delivered the sort of performance Hockey Canada and their fans were hoping to get from one of their goaltenders at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Canada's 1-0 semi-final win over Team USA not only puts them into Sunday's Gold Medal Final against Sweden but it should also give Montreal a goalie who just elevated his game to another level. FULL STORY
Montreal - Jan. 9, 2014: I get it. It's really hard to resist. But if your going to do a team outing in Philadelphia maybe you should have them delivered post game instead of chowing down at 5 PM. How else would you explain the Montreal Canadiens recent performances in Philadelphia other than to say they look bloated? FULL STORY
Montreal - Jan. 5, 2014: I like Michel Therrien. I do. I don't know him very well but what I do know I like. I covered him from a much closer vintage point the first time he coached in the NHL when I hosted a weekly show on CTV. Therrien would always grab a smoke before the conversation. I know he got a kick out of a couple of stories I told him about a former Habs coach who used to bum cigarettes from reporters (Randy Tieman, Elliott Price) while mumbling his way through post game comments. FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 11, 2013: On Sunday, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Islanders 4-2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
If you go back to last season - including playoffs - David Desharnais has not scored in 28 straight games. Bienvenue au centre, Daniel Briere.
Montreal - Nov. 2, 2013: It was a very good night for the Montreal Canadiens. As long as the 4th line was not on the ice. Habs 4th line of Ryan White - George Parros - Mike Blundedn was beyond ugly. They were a combined -9 in just 15:05 of equal strength ice time. That's hard to do. Look at it this way - you'll be able to say you watched the only game these guys ever played together. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Oct. 23, 2013: On the strength of 2nd and 3rd period goals from the defensive pairing of Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry, the Edmonton Oilers managed to end their six-game road trip in style with a come from behind 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Mark Arcobello continued his hot start to the year, picking up a pair of assists, while rookie Tyler Pitlick made his NHL debut for the Oilers. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 18, 2013: Andrei Markov #79 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his second period goal with teammates during the NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre on October 17, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Oct. 16, 2013: Last night the Winnipeg Jets arguably played their best game of the year, and fell 3-0 to Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens. I know what you are thinking, this is pro sports and there are no morale victories. Perhaps that is true, but it's also important to remember the NHL season is a marathon, not a sprint. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 16, 2013: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens shoves Mark Scheifele #55 of the Winnipeg Jets out of the crease in first period action of an NHL game at the MTS Centre on October 15, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Montreal Canadiens probably should have blown out the Jets in Winnipeg but just could not connect on a third goal that likely would have opened the floodgates, until Daniel Briere hit an empty net with a minute to go. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 11, 2013: TSN's Pierre LeBrun told us earlier in the day that both the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers management types appeared "anxious" heading into this tilt. Was Lars Eller pissed about being moved away from Gallagher and Galchenyuk? Dumb penalty. Should have been a major. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Oct. 11, 2013: A two point night from Alex Galchenyuk coupled with a three point effort from P.K. Subban, helped the Montreal Canadiens walk out of the Edmonton Oilers home barn with a well earned 4-1 victory in Thursday night NHL action. Devan Dubnyk made his return to the crease, stopping 23 shots on the night but remains winless on the year with an 0-3 record. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Oct. 10, 2013: After struggling through the Edmonton Oilers opening two games, Devan Dubnyk was rightly given a seat at the end of the bench during Monday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. That said, Dallas Eakins will go back to Dubnyk for tonight’s tilt with the Montreal Canadiens. As an added bonus, the Habs will start backup Peter Budaj instead of starter Carey Price, who will be given the night off. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 10, 2013: I was wrong. I keep telling Tony Marinaro that it's not a terrible thing to have to say. As long as it doesn't happen over and over again. Like keeping P.K. Subban off the penalty killing unit. If the Montreal Canadiens trio of Desharnais - Briere - Pacioretty can't generate offense against an inexperienced, defensively challenged team like the Calgary Flames when can/will they? FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 6, 2013: This one would have been over a lot sooner had the Montreal Canadiens' power play not taken so long to kick in. The Philadelphia Flyers can't help themselves. Holding, boarding, hooking, tripping, diving, slashing, cross checking, high sticking, face-off violation and fighting. Coach Peter Laviolette, who might be unfairly fired for the mess created by Paul Holmgren. FULL STORY
Cornwall - Oct. 3, 2013: Well since everyone has jumped on the bandwagon, I figured I might as well hop aboard and give my two cents. This debate has been going on for decades. While I could get into a whole spiel on the cons of fighting and why in this day and age it should possibly be taken out, I would not agree with what I what I had wrote. Fighting belongs in hockey. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 2, 2013: Sliding an Archie Shepp CD into the CD player at 1 AM (The Grateful Dead are on deck) in the hope of wiping out the image of George Parros lying unconscious, face down, with blood trickling out of his chin less than 43 minutes into his debut as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. But it ain't working. This might call for something harder. The Toronto Maple Leafs won the season opener 4-2. FULL STORY
Windsor - Sep. 18, 2013: Yesterday, the Montreal Canadiens assigned center Louis Leblanc to their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. And while that came as a surprise to some media types, the bigger story was the reaction of Leblanc’s girlfriend, Aleksandra Wozniak. According to the Hockey News, the 2009 first round draft pick is listed as the sixth line center on the Habs’ depth chart. Last time I checked, most teams roll four lines. Do the math, Aleksandra. FULL STORY
Stoney Point - Aug. 22, 2013: The Canadian Medical Association recently held their 146th annual General Council meeting in Calgary, Alberta. Through the course of the few days, doctors debated a number of motions including one on violence in the National Hockey League. The motion was brought forward by Dr. Pierre Harvey, a physician from Riviere-du-Loup, Que, who brought the motion forward in response to the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. FULL STORY
Wilkes-Barre Scranton - Aug. 11, 2013: News from the Pittsburgh Penguins that they have hired Jacques Martin as an assistant coach, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero and Head Coach Dan Bylsma. Martin, 60, a former NHL head coach with St. Louis, Ottawa, Florida and Montreal, joins Tony Granato and Todd Reirden as assistants on Bylsma’s staff. FULL STORY
Stoney Point - Aug. 8, 2013: I began searching the internet for a list of the Top Ten most popular NHL teams. As expected, the topic is pretty subjective so it was hard to find an absolute answer. For fun, I took a look at the number of posts by team on the popular HFBoards.com and also the number of Twitter followers for each team. This exercise is not meant to be a scientific study, simply a fun way to rank the top ten. Not surprisingly, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens are fighting it out for the NHL’s most popular team. FULL STORY
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