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Poor Performance, Controversy Mars Habs Loss To Penguins

We should probably preface all of this by declaring that, outside of Carey Price, the Montreal Canadiens probably didn't deserve to win tonight (Jeez, haven't heard THAT before, eh?).

The Habs played a sloppy and inconsistent game against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre tonight, and the end result was a 4-3 overtime loss against what was obviously a better team.

That's what should have been the game story following tonight's game. Instead, we're left to sift through the wreckage of the hockey equivalent of a nuclear missile. No, the story of tonight's game wasn't Carey Price's amaz...

Habs and Bruins Fans Mix It Up At The Bell Centre

When the Boston Bruins are in town, you can bet that things are bound to get a little... eventful. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a game between the two teams that doesn't feature some sort of controversial incident. We don't need to remind you about what happened last March between these two teams, or their countless playoff series against each other.

So, last night, with the Bruins at the Bell Centre, and a hotly contested 1-0 game at stake, something felt like it was in the air, as if things were about to go down.

The only problem is that what happened next wasn't on the ice, as you'd expect, but in the stands. The following video, courtesy of (w...

Habs Stink Up Long Island; But What's The Bigger Picture?

The Montreal Canadiens are wearing me out this season. If any of the other authors on the site are reading this, they're probably going to kill me for speaking to you, the readers, in the first person while I write a game recap, but honestly, this is kind of a special case. This article, or rather blog (screw it, rant), is not meant as a straightforward game recap or analysis. There's a much bigger problem plaguing this team than what last night's horrid loss to the Isles may have even indicated, and it's about time that problem was addressed.

For 19 games now, we've been going through the motions, recapping and previewing game...

Big Hit, Early Ugliness Leads to Habs Loss in New York

If you were to take a quick glance at the box score from tonight's tilt at Madison Square Garden, you would probably have to assume that the New York Rangers had their way with the Montreal Canadiens. 5-3, heavy advantage in powerplays, faceoffs,  and (especially early) in shots, everything on paper screamed out that this was the Rangers' game.

But of course, stats can sometimes be misleading. You see, despite a relatively horrendous first period, for many reasons, the Montreal Canadiens may have actually been the better team on the ice tonight.

The chances definitely went in the Canadiens' favor, as did the hits and the sho...

Gameday: Habs Look to Keep Rolling in Ottawa

 

Hi. Nice to you see you again. It's been a while, hasn't it? 

Only a month into the 2011-12, it seems like we've had to go through yet another off-season, with six days off between the Canadiens' last couple of games (a sweep of a home-and-home series against the struggling Boston Bruins) and tonight's match-up against the red hot (wut) Ottawa Senators. Even the weather cooperated here in Montreal, with a few nice days throughout the week, despite the fact that it's November.

Yup, it definitely felt like we just had another mini off-season, and quite frankly, it couldn't have come at a worst time...

Two In A Row: Habs Avenge Themselves In Beantown

So, how has your week been so far?

In what can only be described as another week in Habs-land, the fans in this city have gone from having to be talked off the ledge, to pure elation, to a real glass cage of emotions that can't really be explained, in the process of no less than four days.

Backtrack to Monday night. The Canadiens had just lost their fifth game in a row, and were looking at one of, if not the worst start in the history of their organization. The Florida Panthers were hitting the Bell Centre ice, and the coaching and management staff was starting to feel the pressure around their necks. The end result? A 2-1 loss, thanks t...

Game Day : Habs @ Bruins

Showdown in Beantown tonight, baby!

The Habs are in Boston to take on the Bruins in the first of two back to back games in this classic original six matchup.  

We all know the story behind Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara and the famous stanchion hit, and tonight will be the first time these two have players will be on the ice together since that hit.  It's time for the Bruins and the Habs!

Coming off an impressive win at home (first of the year) against the Flyers last night (make sure to check out Shahab Khan's recap), the Habs finally have something to roll with. On top of ending their six game skid, goaltender Carey Price secured his 100th career vict...

Time To Say Goodbye to Uncles Jacques and Pierre

102 years.

That's how long the Montreal Canadiens have been a hockey organization. Longer than any other team currently in the NHL. Longer than the league itself.

And in all those years, throughout an entire century, the Canadiens have never suffered as embarrassing a start to the season as the one they are currently going through.

Eight games. One win. Six losses, one in overtime, the last of which came Monday night at the Bell Centre, at the hands of the Florida Panthers (Laura Kenney's recap).

I repeat, one win, on the road, against the Winnipeg Jets, a team that's just about as bad as the Habs. Through eight games, one measly win, and, by the way, n...

Stealing Signs: Hockey Artwork At Its Finest

It's not often that the sports and art worlds mix, but you have to admit that there is a certain "art" to playing sports at their highest level, especially hockey. Guy Lafleur flying down the ice, with their hair flowing through the air, the infamous picture of Bobby Orr leaping like superman, the examples are surely endless.

Hockey and art are a better fit than you might think.

Artist Mark Penxa is on a quest to link the two together even further, with his most recent exhibition, titled "Stealing Signs II: Memories From My Last Life; Saskatewan, 1934" (part one was a set of baseball paintings), where he takes his passion for the sport of hockey and com...

Habs Squander Everything in Loss Against Leafs

Another game, another loss for the Montreal Canadiens.

More squandered leads, more lazy plays, and another failure to capitalize on opportunities that should have meant a tick in the win column for this team, at home, against the Toronto Maple Leafs

It was an exciting affair that included 9 goals, and (at times) end-to-end hockey. The Habs and Leafs traded leads and goals, and even runs at each others goals; James Reimer would not return to the game after the first period, thanks to an accidental shot to the head at the hands of Brian Gionta at the top of the game. Travis Moen would put up two goals, Lars Eller 2 assists and Andrei Kostitsyn...