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Gustafsson, Simmonds Spark Flyers' Third Consecutive Win

Erik Gustafsson's game winning goal drove the Flyers to a second straight comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was their third win in a row—the first three-game winning streak of the season.

This contest meant plenty to both sides. For the Flyers, it meant drawing closer to the eighth playoff spot. For the Canadiens, it meant staying ahead of the struggling Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division.

Flyers Out-Shot and Out-Played In Loss to Habs

With Carey Price out with the flu and a struggling Peter Budaj in net for the Canadiens, all the Flyers had to do was put shots on net and get pressure on the back-up netminder.

They did neither of that, and frankly, that is why they dropped their ninth regulation loss of the season.

In what was one of the most miserable outings of the 2013 season, the Flyers looked like a lost team.

Player Spotlight: David Desharnais

Montreal Canadiens' centerman David Desharnais has risen to fame with a breakout year, and has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise gloom season for the Canadiens' organization. Totalling 58 points at this point in the season, Desharnais has certainly proven all of his doubters wrong. However, the road has not been easy.

 

The Laurier-Station native comes from a small town of a little over two thousand people, but he has come a long way since then. Desharnais was drafted 20th overall in the 2003 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Chicoutimi Saguene...

The Habs' Biggest Need Is At Their Deepest Position

If you've noticed that the Montreal Canadiens coverage here at The Checking Line has been sort of lacking these last few weeks, first of all, we apologize. But it really shouldn't be that surprising. It's kind of hard to write for a team when they're down on their luck, a team that finds themselves at the bottom of the standings with no hope of seeing higher ground. But it's even worse when it happens to a team that really shouldn't be as bad as their record indicates. And despite what you might see on the ice, in the box scores after the game and what you hear the pundits spewing, the Montreal Canadiens are not as bad as their record shows, even at 28-...

Isles Fight Off Habs in Shootout, 3-2

The Islanders traveled to Montreal last night and finally came out with two points. After being winless in their last five games, the Islanders faced off against the 14th place Montreal Canadiens.

For the Canadiens, this season could have gone much smoother and produced a better result. They are a team that underachieved, especially them being a team that made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs for multiple seasons in a row.

Habs This Week: Positivity Reigns Despite...Y'Know

Despite being dead last in the Eastern Conference and going 3-6-1 in their last 10,  the Montreal Canadiens just completed a roadtrip that saw them earn 5 out of a possible 8 points. One could even say they've opened up and started to (dare I say it?) have fun with one month left to go in the regular season, now that less pressure is weighed on their shoulders.

Near-Comeback: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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The Calgary Flames outscored the Canadiens 4-2 through the first two periods, and Curtis Glencross added an unassisted marker to start the third, but the momentum switched over quickly as Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty each...

Canadiens Win Streak Ends

The Carolina Hurricanes paid a visit to the Bell Centre on Monday night for a game with the Montreal Canadiens. Each team has been struggling this year, but it was the Hurricanes who came out with a win on this night, something that hasn't been easy to come by for the Hurricanes this season. It was a close match the whole way but in the end the Canadiens weren't able to score that final goal to tie the game, as the Hurricanes went on to win by a score of 5-3.

It was the Hurricanes who opened up the scoring early in the first period as Jiri Tlusty tipped in a shot from defenseman Bryan Allen just three minutes into the game. While that was the only goal to be seen in the open...

Much Ado About Scott Gomez

We probably don't need to tell you that it took Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez a year and three days -- or 56 games -- to score the goal he did on Thursday night against the New York Islanders. It has been the subject of many jokes, including bars offering free shots for when he scores, countdown (or up) sites, and even Facebook events celebrating last weekend's no-goal-a-Gomez-iversary.

Here's the magical moment from Thursday's game:

 

 

It may seem a little anti-climatic that Gomez would finally get the monkey off his back and score a goal three days after the anniversary while the game was already 2-0 in favor of the Canadiens, ...

Game Day: Habs at a Crossroads As They Travel to Long Island

Last Sunday on the CBC broadcast of the Habs' win over the Jets, the network aired a sit down interview between Elliotte Friedman and Carey Price. The Canadiens' goaltender proceeded to describe this season for his team in one (and a half) words: "rollercoaster."

Well, that's an understatement. The Canadiens have had so many highs and lows this season that you'd think they were a malfunctioning hot air balloon. It really is the perfect way to describe them. On one hand, you have a team that's essentially one Hurricanes' win away (don't worry, those aren't coming any easier either...

Gomezversary Sparks Canadiens Against Jets

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Those who follow hockey, and specifically the Montreal Canadiens, know perhaps all too well that February 5th, 2012 has a particular meaning other than Super Bowl XLVI. It is, of course, in reference to February 5th, 2011, which was the last time that highest-paid Hab Scott Gomez scored a goal.

In the days leading up to Gomezversary, many of these followers as well as those of rival teams have had their fun in cheering/jeering the Canadiens' number 11. But it's all just an eight-million dollar mask covering up the real issue: Montreal has lost every game coming out of the All-Star Break, most recently a paltry showing...