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Two in a Row - really!

There was a ceremonial face off in the Bell Centre featuring Yvan Cournoyer, Paul Henderson and Vladislav Tretiak. Very nice ovation for the two hall of famers and one that possibly should be in the hallowed halls. The scratches for this game were Yannick Weber and Peteri Nokelainen.

The The much anticipated follow up game to the Eller game started off slowly for the Habs. The Lightning scored the dreaded first goal by Vincent Lecavalier with assists by Eric Brewer and Dominic Moore. The Habs did not have any shots until approximately the six minute mark. After scoring the first goal, the Lightning went into their defensive shell.

The second period started with a lot of energy...

A Stud Goaltender and an Offensive Defenceman Is All You Need Right?

Montreal Canadiens 2 – New Jersey Devils 1

The Habs Win – Someone Must Have Either Been Fired Or Traded

To judge any team and organization all you must do is look at one game.   A nondescript game, where nothing is at stake and nothing out of the normal is happening.  When it’s just one game out of the 82 a team plays, that is when you can evaluate a team.  How does a player play when nothing is on the line and when there is no pressure?  How does a player play when it’s a ho- hum game in the middle of December when nothing is on the line. 

A championship team, heck a good team, plays every game up to its ability.  A go...

Game Day: Habs vs. Canucks

 

The Montreal Canadiens will look to bounce back from a slightly embarrassing 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday evening, as they prepare to face the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre.

Logic would dictate that the Habs will be looking at another loss after tonight's game, but this team doesn't exactly follow the laws of physics. If this season has proven anything, it's that when their backs are up against the wall (i.e., the coach's job seems to be in jeopardy), this team will bust out a win against the most unlikely opponent. It happened in Winnipeg when the Canadiens beat the Jets in their long-awaited home opener. It happened...

Max Pacioretty Suspended Three Games

The Shanhammer has officially dropped on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

We talked about it on Saturday night, and the general consensus was that Pacioretty would likely sit a few games, following a dangerous hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Quebec native Kris Letang.

Late in the third period, Letang came streaking up the ice with a Pens winger, cut across the high slot after the blueline, and wound up for a shot at the net. Pacioretty cut through in the opposite direction, looking for a hit. Unfortunately, Letang was hunched forward and looking elsewhere, and got a face-full of shoulder that would go on to break his nose...

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 Look to String Wins Together, Get One in Carolina

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Coming into tonight’s head-to-head with the Hurricanes, the Montreal Canadiens hadn’t put two of anything together since the Western road trip that saw them beat the Coyotes and Predators two weeks ago. And it stopped there.

In the first period of this game, a significant portion of Habs’ fans had their eyes on the Bruins/Sabres rematch, and it was difficult to blame them.  Jiri Tlusty opened the scoring within the first minute of the game and Anthony Stewart made it 2-0 for the Hurricanes at the 6-minute mark.  For the remainder of the opening frame, the Can...

Islanders End Slide, Defeat Canadiens

The Islanders scored four goals in the second period and held off some late game pressure and defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-3.   Rick DiPietro got the win in relief of Evgeni Nabokov, who left the ice just 7:55 into the first period due to an apparent lower body injury.  Nabokov is said to have a hamstring issue, and will be evaluated today.

The first shot against DiPietro came on a power play, and as has been the Islanders luck so far this season, the shot beat him.  However, in a new turn of events for the Islanders and their luck, this time the post was there to back DiPietro up, and the Islanders killed off the power play unscathed.

PA...

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...

Sabres Snatch Success in Shootout

A tale of two games in one. One in which the Habs dominated and the other where the team sat back and allowed the Sabres not only back in the game but lead to the eventual loss in a shootout.

In the first two periods the Habs dominated the Sabres and the player of the game was none other than Erik Cole. He played a whale of a game in regulation, finishing checks, going to the net and scoring a rare power play goal. The Sabres had no answer to the line of Cole, Pacioretty and Desharnais in regularion. They were buzzing the net and creating chances. Spacek also played a heck of a game until he got injured in the middle of the game. Engqvist also played decently until he got injured by...

Pacioretty Pops Puck Past Pekka

Overtime is becoming a friend to the Habs on this road trip. Two games two overtime victories against western conference teams. Peter Budaj, playing in his second game of the season was sensational stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced in a fast paced entertaining game. 

The Nashville Predators played the 1000th game in their history. Barry Trotz also was coaching on this mile-stone night - only the fourth man in the history of the NHL to coach 1000 games with the same team. The others are Al Arbour - Islanders, Lindy Ruff (Sabres), Billy Reah (Blackhawks). 

The Habs out played the Predators in the first period - skating and passing with authority and totally dominati...