Montreal - Dec. 8, 2014: For a second day in a row, thousands of Habs fans braved the cold to pay tribute to the man who spent his life warming hearts around the hockey world.
It was the final day of Jean Béliveau’s public viewing ahead of Wednesday’s planned state funeral, and fans from across Canada once again poured into the Bell Centre beginning at 10:00 a.m. - although a line formed outside the main entrance hours before the doors officially opened - to celebrate the life of the Canadiens legend. FULL STORY
Montreal - Dec. 3, 2014: In their first game since the death of a man who best represented what the Montreal Canadiens were all about, both on and off the ice, this Habs team was outshot 30-10 through the first 40 minutes by a Ryan Suter-less Minnesota Wild team and eventually dropped a 2-1 decision during Wednesday evening NHL action. FULL STORY
Montreal - Dec. 3, 2014: Rare is the talent so great that a sports franchise would buy an entire league to secure his services. Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadiens was such a talent.
Beliveau died Tuesday at the age of 83. FULL STORY
Montreal - Dec. 2, 2014: The hockey world has lost one of its legends. Former Montreal Canadiens star Jean Beliveau died Tuesday at the age of 83. His death was confirmed by a member of the NHL club. A supremely skilled centre for 18 seasons, Beliveau was also a gracious spokesman for the Habs and the sport. He scored 507 goals, won 10 Stanley Cups and was captain for 10 seasons before his retirement in 1971 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972. FULL STORY
Montreal - Dec. 1, 2014: A third period marker from Max Pacioretty proved to be the difference on Monday night in Colorado. On the strength of two point efforts from the duo of Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban the Montreal Canadiens managed to sneak out a hard fought 4-3 win over the struggling Avalanche. FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 30, 2014: All of a sudden the Monday night match up in Denver against the Cplorado Avalanche to kick off a Western U.S. road trip takes on added importance. The Montreal Canadiens will take to the ice at the Pepsi Centre having lost three straight while scoring a total of four goals. FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 19, 2014: I first talked to Pat Burns - alone - on August 1988, the day of the Gretzky trade. Burns hadn't coached an NHL game yet - he had been hired by the Habs just two months earlier - but had worked for Gretzky while coaching Hull in QMJHL. It was the middle of the summer, a lot of people were away from their desks (including, famously, Red Fisher) and I couldn't get Gretzky or the man who traded him - Peter Pocklington. Nor the man who was beginning to shake up the NHL - Bruce McNall. So I called Pat. FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 5, 2014: Usually we show a lot of character. We didn't show it tonight. - Michel Therrien. Happy Birthday coach. Habs started very well. Carried the play. Corey Crawford made some big saves. But the common theme was Montreal's inability to finish. P.A. Parenteau had an open net but couldn't bury the puck. He didn't get all of it, allowing Crawford to move over and make a strong pad save FULL STORY
Montreal - Nov. 3, 2014: First game back home following a week long road trip always seems to be a tough assignment. But it's not like the Flames arrived via a 45 minute flight from NYC. And Calgary was without several regulars including Matt Stajan, Mason Raymond, Joe Colborne and Mikail Backlund.
Maybe Subban and the Habs forgot to turn their clocks back an hour FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 29, 2014: Grand Theft Goalie.
And the Montreal Canadiens get two points in Calgary for the first time since Doug Gilmour scored the winning goal against his former team in 2002. Or, as Ray Ferraro pointed out, when Brendan Gallagher was 10 years old. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 28, 2014: Thud.
The Montreal Canadiens like a team that spent the flight to Edmonton reading about how great they are. While filling up on Grade AAA Alberta beef. Maybe they'll be hungry again in Calgary. The Edmonton Oilers skated to a 3-0 victory. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Oct. 28, 2014: On the strength of a shutout performance from netminder Ben Scrivens and a two point night from winger Benoit Pouliot, including his first goal as an Oiler, the Edmonton Oilers managed to push their win streak to four straight courtesy of a 3-0 victory over the Carey Price(less) Montreal Canadiens at Rexall Place. Don't look now but Dallas Eakins' side looks to have righted the ship...at least for the time being. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 17, 2014: The Boston Bruins knew it would be a difficult chore to beat the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, especially after arriving in Montreal between 3 and 4 AM (or as Tyler Seguin used to call it - Happy Hour). They also knew they'd likely have to get a strong performance from Tuukka Rask to stay in the game. FULL STORY
Montreal - Oct. 14, 2014: Sunday night was a sobering reminder that the rest of the season will be a lot more challenging than a 3 for 3 start. And that every game that the Montreal Canadiens play against the Tampa Bay Lightning will be viewed by them as potential pay back for being swept away in the first round of the playoffs. FULL STORY
Toronto - Oct. 9, 2014: The National Hockey League kicked off their 2014-15 campaign in style with on Wednesday night with a classic end-to-end thriller between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Unfortunately for the Leafs, a goal in the final minute of play from Tomas Plekanec proved to be the difference in what was a rather disappointing 4-3 loss. FULL STORY
Montreal - Aug. 2, 2014: The arbitration hearing between defenseman P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens was held Friday in Toronto.
Subban, a 25-year-old restricted free agent, was seeking a long-term contract from Montreal leading up to the hearing. He now likely will receive the salary determined by the arbitrator, though he and the Canadiens can continue to negotiate until the decision comes down. FULL STORY
Montreal - Jul. 1, 2014: Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of a 2nd round pick in 2016 from the Buffalo Sabres (Minnesota’s pick previously acquired by the Sabres), in return for defenseman Josh Gorges. FULL STORY
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