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Blackhawks' hard work pays off in 5-0 win at Montreal

The Blackhawks haven't had the start to the season that they would have liked: heading into Tuesday night, they were 6-5-1, their 13 points just good enough for 10th place in the West. This wasn't where Chicago was supposed to be, even among the powerhouse Central division. Part of it was the team's skewed performance: despite averaging a league-best 37.9 SOG/game (not to mention all the blocked and missed shots), the pucks just weren't always going in, even when the Blackhawks were grossly outshooting their competition. Prior to tonight, 10 of the Blackhawks' twelve games were 1-goal affairs, with two determined in OT, and two in the shoot out.  Statistics...

Cast Away: Former Isles Contribute To New Teams In Playoffs

Although the New York Islanders missed the playoffs this season, many players that were dressed for the team and traded made significant contributions to their new team's post-season run to the Cup (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

Blackhawks face the Habs in Montréal on Saturday

The Chicago Blackhawks will face another Original Six team on Saturday night as they play the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montréal.

Last year, the Canadiens completely missed the playoffs and languished near the bottom of the league for most of the shortened season. This year, the team has turned around completely: with a 25-15-5 record and 55 points, they're sitting at third in the Atlantic division. They have a strong penalty kill - 3rd best in the league, at 86.3%.

Additionally, eight Habs will be representing their home country in the Olympics: Carey Price and P.K. Subban for Canada; Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin for Russia; Max Pacioretty for the U.S....

Bruins Look To Rebound From Loss With a Win in Washington

Boston Bruins (14-3-2) at Washington Capitals (8-11-1)

Still not sure what to make of the Bruins performance against the Canadiens this past Sunday.  On the one hand, they played weak defense and that last goal on Rask was really inexcusable, on the other hand if the officials call the cross check on Seguin, the Bruins go on a power play, they don't lose Chara for 17 minutes and we're talking about a different game.  I did however enjoy Claude Julien's postgame comments on the continued unpunished embellishment from Montreal, look it up if you haven't seen it, definitely worth a watch.

Boston ended it's six game win streak with that 4-3 loss Sunda...

Habs Ship Erik Cole To Dallas For Mature Ryder, Cap Flexibility

 

On Tuesday evening, we finally saw the big differences between the current Montreal Canadians administration, and the ones that fans had been subjected to over the last decade. As most of you were probably driving home from work, the team announced a trade which would send Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for former Hab Michael Ryder (Cole waived his no-trade clause to complete the deal). At a glance, a lot of people probably cringed at the thought of Ryder returning to his old stomping grounds, because much like Michel Therrien, he represents the old guard, maybe even everything that had been wrong with this organization. But when you delve a little further into i...

Bruins Show Up In the Third To Beat The Habs and Claim First

Boston Bruins 2, Montreal Canadiens 1

So it looks like it's going to be one of "those" seasons with the Black and Gold.  The Bruins showed up to last night's game in Montreal, fashionably late, once again, and were somehow able to walk away with two points.  Thanks mostly to a stellar performance from Tuukka Rask.  This was the 718th time the two Original Six teams have met in NHL history.  Rask stopped eleven shots in the first period (Habs outshot the Bruins 11-4 in the first...ouch!), with pretty much zero help from his skaters.  The Bruins repeated their lack luster defensive performance from last Thursday, against Buffalo, in their fir...

Viva le Resistance! Bruins visit "Les Habitants"

Boston Bruins (6-1-1) at Montreal Canadiens (6-2-0)

The greatest rivals in all of sports (sorry Red Sox and Yankees) meet for the first of four games tonight.  Despite Montreal's pathetic showing in the standings last year, they really didn't play that terribly against the Bruins.  Boston won four of those six matchups but every game was tight and entertaining.  The Habs are "new and improved" with a new General Manager, new coach, no Scott Gomez, PK Subban playing for almost nothing, a new Carey Price and no longer being the biggest embarrassment to hockey fans (they have Sabres fans to thank for that!)...oh and here's something new...a winning ...

Analyzing the Canadiens' Changes and Chances

The Montreal Canadiens have historically been the flagship franchise of the National Hockey League. Over the years the Canadiens have amassed a record 24 Stanley Cups, and those responsible for all those Championships have been rightfully honoured - you can find the names of 61 people associated with the club in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Despite all of that success over the years, somewhere along the line that tradition of winning went away. While the prospect of adding number 25 excited many of the Habs faithful in 2010, the fact remains that “Les Glorieux” haven't been able to win it all in two decades. In an attempt to change that, the Canadien...

Habs Add Toughness on July 1st, Still Looking For Skill

 


The name of the game for the Montreal Canadiens this July 1st was 'toughness'. After years of being called too small, too weak and too soft, new General Manager Marc Bergevin decided to add some grit to his line-up via the unrestricted free agency pool, and the result was unexpected to say the least.  The biggest signing of the day, at the very least in terms of dollars and years, was through former New York Rangers tough guy Brandon Prust. The 28-year-old London, Ontario native winger signed a four-year deal with the Habs worth $10 million (an average salary of $2.5M a year). Prust had 5 goals and 17 points in 82 games with the Rangers last year, in...

Habs Restock The Forward Ranks In Strong Draft Weekend

 

 

When you use the third overall pick -- an extremely rare occurrence for the Montreal Canadiens -- on a player who's already blown out his knee and missed an entire season of hockey before even reaching adult age, the conversation can only go one of two directions. Either people will be elated that a player is so talented he can overcome a major injury to be included in the top three players of his draft year, or that player will be considered a major risk for the team that ends up drafting him. When it comes to Alex Galchenyuk, that conversation seems to be leaning towards the former. Despite missing almost all ...