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Blanked in Winnipeg

 

It was the fourth time this season the Habs had back to back games – their record now is an abysmal 0-4.  

It took four games for Randy Cunneyworth to make his first big decision in his tenure as coach of the Montreal Canadiens.  The healthy scratches for the game against Winnipeg were Lars Eller and the slumping PK Subban.  The result was a 4-0 game to continue a losing streak of five games.

The first period featured a four minute high-sticking penalty to Hal Gill – On the ensuing power play Blake Wheeler scored on a one timer with assists going to Byfuglien and Enstrom.  Later the Jets padded their lead on a nice passing play on a...

Game Day : Habs @ Jets

Going to have to keep this one short and sweet.  

Habs vs Jets tonight in Winnipeg.

While the Habs should be able to use the win against the Jets from earlier in the season as some fuel, they won't.  The Habs have crumbled as a team this year and the light at the end of the tunnel is nowhere to be found.  Despite the firing of both their assistant coach and their head coach and appointing a brand new head, nothing is working.

The Jets may not be the a top team in the NHL but they have done a few things right this season.  Despite a slow start and lack of production from their top six players, the Jets somehow found a way to dig their way out ...

Habs Lock Up Bournival

While the big club was losing the Chicago Blackhawks, general manager Pierre Gauthier locked up another young stud.  Michael Bournival has signed a three year contract with the Montreal Canadiens.  As per team policy, financials were not announced.  After a very controversial week, Gauthier has added to the depth of young talent in the organization.

"Michael has shown excellent hockey skills and has improved constantly since making his debut at the junior level.  Currently representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, he will greatly benefit from this experience on the international stage."

Bournival has fifteen goals and nine as...

Blackhawks spread holiday cheer with 5-1 win over Canadiens

 

For the second time in as many nights the Blackhawks were facing a little known opponent from the Eastern Conference. Not just any team from the east either, but the fabled Le Club de hockey Canadien or better known as the Montreal Canadiens were in the United Center.  While these are not exactly the Flying Frenchmen of old, the Canadiens still have plenty of speed to make your head dizzy.

The Blackhawks were coming off of an incredible third period against the Penguins in Pittsburgh and hoping to keep their high flying offence in gear. Cory Crawford in the nets felt like a really good get together with an old friend you haven’t seen maybe since college. &nbs...

Canadiens Fall to Blackhawks

The Montreal Canadiens were in Chicago tonight, looking to break their three-game losing streak against the Blackhawks, but were unsuccessful in doing so, losing 5-1. Not only have the Canadiens lost a fourth straight game, but Interim Head Coach Randy Cunneyworth is still without his first career win, going 0-3 since the firing of Jacques Martin.

The game opened up with a relatively quiet first. Despite some good chances for both teams early on, the period would end scoreless. It was a good, back-and-forth twenty minutes of hockey with both teams registering seven shots on goal. There wasn't much in the way of action, as the only notable statistic on the score-sheet was a hooki...

An Original Six matchup in Chicago tonight

Tonight at the United Center, the Blackhawks will host a classic Original Six matchup against the Montréal Canadiens. These teams have only met up once a year - and not even every season - over the past several years. Next season, fans will get to see them twice a season, which will be a great addition to the schedule.

In the meantime, despite a loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, the Blackhawks still sit atop the standings with 46 points. The struggling Canadiens are on the low side of the bubble for the playoffs watch (33 pts); they just fired their coach Jacques Martin last Saturday, with Randy Cunneyworth currently handling coaching duties for the team.
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Games Day : Habs @ Blackhawks

The "Pride Of Quebec" is in Chicago tonight, to face off against the ultra hot Blackhawks.  

Coming into this game, the Habs are winless since the firing of francophone coach, Jacques Martin, and replacing him with unilingual anglophone coach, Randy Cunneyworth.  As ridiculous as these discriptions may sound, this is the reality for Habs fans these days.  It is no longer about hockey, it's simply about politcs this year.

While the Habs have their issues on and off the ice and in the media and within their home province, the Hawks are facing little to no problems in the first trimester of their season.  Standing atop their division, the Blackha...

Canadiens Well Represented at World Juniors

With the 2012 World Junior Championships just around the corner, Canadiens fans can take great pride in knowing that three prospects of the team will suit up for Team Canada when the tournament opens on December 26th in Alberta. Forwards Brendan Gallagher and Michael Bournival will play for Canada, along with this years first round draft pick Nathan Beaulieu.

 

This is no small feat for the organization, considering Team Canada has featured no more than one Habs prospect per year in the past few years. To have three on the final roster for this years tournament not only provides a lot of hop...

Habs Link Checks: December 20, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens sit out of the playoffs in twelth place.  The Habs have 33 points, two points out of eighth place and seven points ahead of last place.

The Media:

TSN talks to Patrick Roy and he listens.

Geoff Molson's statement from the Canadian Press.

English or French being a coach in Quebec is hard by the Associated Press.

Mark Spector from Sportsnet and the rush to find a coach.

ESPN says Francais s'il vous plait.

CNNSI on Red Fisher's influence.

The Globe and Mail discusses stickhandling lol.

Cunneyworth and Hickey actually talk about last night's game in the Montreal Gazette.

And Red Fisher...

Game Day : Habs @ Bruins

The North East rivalry is in full throttle tonight as the Montreal Canadiens are in Bean Town to take on the Boston Bruins.  To make things more interesting, the division rankings have made this another David vs Goliath mathcup, which is most cases seems to help the Habs.  Will tonight be any different?

I won't waste too much time on this but I need to comment on what happened Saturday morning.  I woke up to a text around 10:00am from another Habs fan buddy of mine.  The text was short and sweet, simply " Martin fired".  After a quick bootup of my laptop to make sure this wasn't a cruel joke, I breathed a sigh of relief when I read the news...