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Habs to Visit Flames for (2nd) 2011 Winter Classic

According to Bob McKenzie and TSN, there will be 2 (count 'em, TWO!) NHL Winter Classics in 2011. TCL reported nearly two months ago that Pittsburgh would be hosting the traditional Winter Classic on January 1st, 2011 against their rivals, the Washington Capitals, but it seems like the NHL is going to reward hockey fans with a SECOND outdoor game. The second one will be played in Calgary at McMahon Stadium, home of the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, and will take place sometime in February. The Flames will be hosting the Montreal Canadiens, who will become the only Canadian team to play in two outdoor games, having played the host team in 2003 in Edmonton, a game which the Canadie...

Habs - Flyers Game 3: LIVE BLOG!!

Join us live RIGHT NOW for our in-game coverage of tonight's tilt between the Canadiens and Flyers! Simply scroll down below and follow all the fun in the Cover It Live widget! Post lots of comments and most importantly, have fun! ECF Game 3: Habs vs Flyers Or if you can't see that, Click Here See you in the chat! Prax www.thecheckingline.com/ www.twitter.com/thecheckingline

Diagnosing the Problem

Two games, two consecutive shutouts, and with their latest 3-0 lost at the Wachovia Center last night, little to no hope left for the Montreal Canadiens, in their quest to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers and make it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in two decades. Most people will tell you that anything past that first round series win against the Capitals was gravy for the Canadiens, and in all honesty, they'd be right. I thought so myself, especially going into this series against the Flyers. But truth be told, the way they're losing, while being so close to a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals, so close to, as so many have put it, destiny, or fate, if you will (because acco...

Habs - Flyers Game 2: Ugly

Ugly. Probably the word that best describes Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. At least for the Montreal Canadiens. Words such as embarrassing, cringe-worthy, disconcerting and humiliating also come to mind, but when you really get done to the nitty-gritty of what happened Sunday night in Philadelphia, UGLY is really the most accurate term you could use. For those who missed the game, or have already wiped it clean from their memory, the Montreal Canadiens were simply owned by the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 6-0. Micheal Leighton made 28 saves in the win, and the Flyers got goals from six different players. Seven total players have multiple points, and Claude Giroux...

The Habs Meet Their Toughest Opponents

The Philadelphia Flyers are going to be the toughest opponents that the Montreal Canadiens have faced thus far in this year’s playoffs. That’s not only because Peter Laviolette’s 2010 squad is somewhat reminiscent of the old school Broad Street Bullies, but because they are a team that wins by out-working their opponents and doesn’t rely on raw talents like Ovechkin, Semin, and Backstrom or Crosby and Malkin. It would only seem logical that if the Habs can eliminate two of the best teams in the league, as well as the NHL’s top-two superstars, that they should be destined to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals and possibly win hockey’s greatest prize. But right now they are faci...

Habs - Flyers Game 1: Destinies Collide

Yeah, Yeah. By now, we've all heard of what the Philadelphia Flyers have accomplished. Coming back from a 3-0 series deficit, only the third team in history to accomplish such a feat. Moreover, coming back from a 3-0 deficit in game 7 to win by the score of 4-3. Kind of poetic, isn't it? Leave it to the Flyers to overshadow the triumphs of the Montreal Canadiens in these playoffs. For those who forgot, the Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals in the first round, in the biggest upset in NHL history. If being an 8th seed defeating the #1 overall team in the league, the Canadiens did it with the least amount of points in the history of any 8th seed in the current playoff format....

A Team to be Proud Of

You might be wondering why it took me nearly two days to roll out a blog on the Montreal Canadiens game 7 victory. Simply put, I had no words to describe what myself, and nearly every Montreal Canadiens fan, especially the ones in this city, were feeling on Wednesday night. And really, there ARE NO WORDS to describe it. Even now. We can try to convey the emotions as best we can, we can review the games, specific goals and plays, what many consider turning points in the game, in the series, hell, in the season, for the Montreal Canadiens. But the truth is, this team, and it's connection to THIS CITY, supersedes any analysis I could make right now. I haven't traveled out of Montreal ...

Montreal This Year's Cinderella Team?

What defines a Cinderella team when it comes to the NHL playoffs? I would have to say that the team finished the regular season in either 6th, 7th or 8th place and managed to come on top with multiple upset victories in the playoffs, pushing the franchise to the Stanley Cup Finals. In recent years, fans have seen the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers wear this title with pride. The Philadelphia Flyers came pretty close one year too, but lost in the Conference Finals in 2008. Now it appears the Montreal Canadiens are more than determined to be the Cinderella team of 2010. So far the Habs have taken out Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals after bei...

Pens - Habs Game 7: The Biggest Game Since 1993

Join us LIVE tonight for yet another game 7 LIVE BLOG! Steven Hindle, Kamal Panesar, and a bunch of panelists! Just open this thread back up at 6:30PM EST for all the pre-game coverage! TCL Presents: Pens - Habs Game 7 *LIVE BLOG* ----------------------------------- Not too long ago, the Montreal Canadiens were standing in the very position they find themselves heading into tonight's game. Game 7 in Washington, after a long, hard fought, come from behind series to tie things up. While many Habs fans were optimistic, the expectations were low. The Canadiens had proved that they CAN beat the best teams, that the CAN take teams like the Capitals to the edge of elimination and t...

Pens - Habs Game 6 Notes + Live Blog Details

After a short break (at least for me) from live blogging this past week, the crew has been re-assembled for another outing tonight right here on TCL! Join myself, Steven Hindle from Hockeybuzz and Kamal Panesar from Habs Addict as we welcome a host of panelists and readers to cover tonight's game between the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre! Just set your reminders in the box below, and make sure to be here starting at 6:30PM for all the pre-game coverage! The puck will drop just past 7, and we'll be with you every step of the way! TCL Presents: Pens - Habs Game 6 *Live Blog*! --------------------- PRE-GAME NOTES For a detailed recap of all the...