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Injury Depleted Penguins defeat the Habs

All the injuries accumulated by Pittsburgh - no Crosby, no Malkin, no Letang, no Kennedy, etc - proved to be no problem last night, as the Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.

The game featured two players who hit milestones in their careers. Arron Asham was playing in his 700th career game, and Hal Gill was playing in his 1000th. When Hal's milestone was announced to the crowd, he received a nice ovation from the Pittsburgh fans, which was nice to see. 

The game itself was a lackluster affair for the Habs. They got Cammalleri back from his injury, and after playing an up-tempo game against the Sabres on Tuesday, the feeling was that the Habs would carry that...

Game 6 : Habs @ Penguins

The Montreal Canadiens are on the road.  The Habs have arrived in Pittsburgh to take on the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Champions.  

Despite having some of their best players out of the lineup, the Penguins are still off to a good start this season, coming into this game with a record of 4-2-2.  Montreal is still looking to be taken seriously in the East while sitting on a poor record of 1-3-1, with 3 of those loses coming at home.  Who will walk away with the 2 points tonight?

I think it is safe to say that since Montreal eliminated the Penguins in 7 games two years back, during the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there has been some bad blood betwee...

Game 5 : Sabres @ Habs


Coming off a win in their last game, the Buffalo Sabres are in Habs nation tonight to face off in the first of six meetings between these division rivals.  

While the Habs look for a much needed win, the Sabres are ready to keep things rolling as they have enjoyed a 3-1-0 start to the 2011-2012 NHL season.  Ryan Miller vs Carey Price.  This is a goaltender showdown.

If there is a game to turn things around, it's tonight for the Montreal Canadiens.  It what appears to be an early season slump, Montreal has struggled with consistency.  They don't look to be the defensively sound team they were last year.  It's still early in...

Erik Cole: Patience Required

When you look up and down the stats page for the Montreal Canadiens, there really shouldn't be all that many surprises. Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec lead the team in points, Scott Gomez only has one assist in 4 games, PK Subban leads the team in ice time per game, the usual stuff.

But travel a little further down the various lists, and you'll find a somewhat surprising stat line.

Four years, $18 million, and a no-movement clause, and the Canadiens high profile UFA-day acquisition only has an assist in four games? What's more, he's barely been averaging 14:30 minutes of ice time?

Something's not right ...

Another game, another loss

The scene was set on this Hockey fights Cancer night.

The French broadcast crew brought in a couple of special guests to help with calling the game. M Cederick in the first period did very well, and even got to yell out et le cool is that? Carey Price was wearing his pink mask and pink accented pads which will be auctioned off to raise money to fight breast cancer.  

The latest lines coming from the Jacques Martin blender found the lines of Eller with Plekanec and Cole, Gionta, Gomez, and Moen, Pacioretty, Desharnais and Kostitsyn, as well as Darche with Enqvist and Palushi. These lines seemed to work well together even though the result was yet ano...

Game Day: Colorado Avalanche Vs. Montreal Canadiens


Game Day:  Colorado Avalanche Vs. Montreal Canadiens

7 PM in Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre


Embarrassing and Surprising:  two words that can be used to sum up both teams.  The Avalanche have surprised the entire league with a three and one start having won their last three on the road.  But its embarrassing because no hockey pundit or fan could have predicted their start.  The Habs were embarrassed in their last playground outing against the Flames.  I use playground because all the fans are surprised at the lack of urgency surrounding the team.


Yes I know it’s early on but if you look at the leagu...

Montreal Canadiens offer up a Stinker

The much anticipated home opener for the Montreal Canadiens was this evening at the Bell Centre. The opening ceremonies were a lack-luster affair, with the highlight being the names of the players showing up on the ice. The team was introduced by the public address announcer, the Habs came out and acknowledged the capacity crowd. The Anthem was performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra - with the crowd singing. There was no ceremonial face off - then the game started. 

The Habs started with a lot of energy and pep with Andrei Kostitsyn scoring on a beautiful set up by Max Pacioretty on a two-on-one. It was a nice start for the home town heroes. Then the Habs starte...

Game 3 : Flames @ Habs

It's opening night in Habs Town.  The Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens are ready to battle in the first of two meetings this season.  To make things even more special tonight, this could be the 100th win for the Habs' 24-year-old goaltender, Carey Price. A win would put him in an elite class with Patrick Roy and Marty Brodeur. 

The Flames come into this matchup having lost their first two games this season, putting them in somewhat of a desperate situation to pick up a win.  Montreal also has a ton of pressure on their back.  After a horrible pre-season and a lackluster opening night game with the Leafs, the Habs are looking to impress their...

That Was Easy (Better Luck Next Time, Phoenix)

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Coyotes @ Sharks


That was almost exactly how the Sharks would have wanted to start the 2011-12 season. Sure, it would have been nice if less starters had been injured and if they could kill a freaking penalty, but all in all, a 6-3 win against the Phoenix Coyotes at the home opener is a great start to what hopes to be a great season.


No starting goalie? No backup goalie? No problem. Enter Thomas Greiss, who is just two years removed from backing up Evgeni Nabokov. He played...

Habs Win Impressive Victory In Winnipeg; Lose Two More To Injury


It was an odd night for the Montreal Canadiens. Not only were they taking part of history at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, as the first opponents of the newly reinstated Winnipeg Jets, but they were also looking for their first win of the season, after dropping a 2-0 decision in Toronto on Thursday night.

Impressions weren't exactly at their highest after that first game, but that was only one game for the Canadiens. Cobwebs were being swept away and the team was searching for chemistry after a tumultuous pre-season, which included injuries, new players, and even a couple of late acquisitions

Things didn't seem like t...