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Habs Link Check: December 30, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens sit in thirteenth place after last night's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  After 38 games played the Habs have 35 points.

The Checking Line:

Czechtacular with thoughts from last night's loss.

The Media:

Marinaro's thoughts on TSN.

John Bartlett discuss the evolution into Cunneyworth's team.

Pierre Lebrun and Scott Burnside remind people of the Heritage Classic.

Adrian Dater and CNNSI talk about their Patrick Roy predictions for 2012.

The Score on P.K. Subban.

CBS Sports has a poll on which mid season hiring is the best one.

Scotty Bowman receives the Order of Canada.

Dave Stubbs...

Habs' Win-Streak Ends at One

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The Montreal Canadiens were unable to build on their performance against the Ottawa Senators earlier in the week, as they dropped tonight's matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning by the score of 4-3 despite being up 3-1 past the halfway mark of the second period.

Vincent Lecavalier completed Tampa's rally at 8:37 of the 3rd and former Canadiens JT Wyman and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored for the Lightning.  Steven Stamkos was the one who opened the scoring just under four minutes into the game, redirecting a Pavel Kubina shot for his third goal in two games.

Some time later, two...

Game Day : Habs @ Bolts

The Montreal Canadiens are in Tampa Bay tonight to take on the Lightning.  Despite having a 14-16-7 record, the Habs actually have two more points than the Bolts (15-17-3), which may surprise a few people.  Both teams are struggling within their respective divisions and are looking to make a post holiday break splash.  

Habs coach Randy Cunneyworth came up big earlier this week collecting his first win as a head coach in the NHL, beating the Ottawa Senators 6-2.  It's a safe bet that the team we saw on the ice Tuesday night is the team fans have desperately been waiting to see.

Leading the team was Lars Eller on the top line, who scored short handed in ...

Habs Link Checks: December 28, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a win to end Randy Cunneyworth's winless streak.  The Habs sit in twelth place with 35 points.

The Checking Line:

David Collins: and the losing steak is snapped.

The Media:

Tony Marinaro on TSN on the infamy of Cunneyworth.

HabsTV on the official site of the Montreal Canadiens talks with prospect Brendan Gallagher.  The site also has discussion with Carey Price, Lars Eller, Yannick Weber and P.K. Subban.

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star tells the world that the Habs are the worst Canadian team. 

Red Fisher from the Montreal Gazette with his thoughts on Molson.

My Thoughts:

It was g...

Canadiens Snap Losing Streak in Ottawa

A short break over Christmas seems to be just what the Montreal Canadiens needed, as they bounced back in a big way with a 6-2 win over the eighth place Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. After a five game losing streak the Habs finally won a game, giving interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth his first victory as the man in charge behind the Canadiens bench.

 

The first period began with the Senators controlling the game for the most part. Just two minutes in they jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Zach Smith. The lead didn't last for long thoug...

Habs Link Checks: December 23, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens sit alone in twelth place in the Eastern conference.  The Habs have 33 points and have lost five games in a row.

The Checking Line:

Habbykins discussing yet another loss.

The Media:

Tony Marinaro with his thoughts on last night's game.

Stu Hackel actually shows a clip of Cammalleri doing something good.

Carey Price venting?

Doug Smith weighing in on the language debate.

Red Fisher in any language is good.

Pat Hickey loves Cammalleri.

My Thoughts:

Even the internet needs to have some censorship.  All my thoughs today need to be censored and sometimes saying less is more.  Less!

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...