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...
The Habs started the day by firing the coach, hoping to inject more emotion in the team. On an emotional day, the Habs played the Devils in the Bell Centre.
The Habs did a very good job in the first period, despite taking three penalties. The Devils did come out of the first period with a one goal lead. But the Habs did play with energy that has not been there for a long time.
The second period was won by the Habs. 3-2. The period was well played going both ways - a lot of energy in the second. The thing that was weird to me and was very telling - PK Subban scored his second of the season and there was no celebration. Emotionless - for an emotional player this seemed ver...
The Jacques Martin experience is official over. The Randy Cunneyworth experiment has officially started. As announced in the press conference, general manager Pierre Gauthier has fired coach Jacques Martin.
Martin has been the coach of the Habs since the 2008-09 season. His overall record is 96-75-25. He has 12 wins and 14 losses in the playoffs.
Gauthier has been mulling over this decision for the past few days. He has been dissapointed at the inconsistent play and how the team has finished or not finished games off in the third period. With the approval of owner Geoff Molson and lack of sleep last night he met with Martin to give hi...
The New Jersey Devils are in town tonight to face-off against the Montreal Canadiens for the second time in a week. The Devils are currently riding a three-game win streak that they will be looking to add to, while the Canadiens squad will hope to bounce back after a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday
The big story heading in to a game between the Devils and Canadiens is usually about how Martin Brodeur unstoppable in the Bell Centre. While that may be true, something else is stealing the headlines on this day.
News out of Montreal this morning has confirmed that coach Jacques Martin has been fired. A press conference is about to being and general manager Pierre Gauthier will be leading the presser. Randy Cunneyworth will take over intermin head coaching duties and Larry Carriere will become an assistant coach.
The Habs currently sit in last place of the Northeast division and out of a playoff spot in the Eastern conference. The 57 year old Martin has been the coach of the team since the 2008-09 season.
Keep reading The Checking Line for up to date news on this shocking event as well as others
The Montreal Canadiens coming off a hard fought 4-3 loss at home to the Philadelphia Flyers, sit in tenth place in the Eastern Conference. The loss snapped a modest two game winning streak. Yes two games is a streak for the Habs.
The Checking Line:
Czechtacular and the topsy turvy Habs loss to the Flyers.
Matthew Brigidi's take on the Flyers win and the emergence of new heroes.
Flyers' fan rejoice as John Russo with another discussion about the Flyers beating the Habs.
Louis Leblanc's first goal from the official site of the Montreal Canadiens.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette taks about the Habs' powe...
With many beginning to question whether the Flyers will be able to remain competitive without the aide of their best players, it has become crucial for the team to prove that the sum is more important than their parts.
However, it is also important that individual role players step up and help carry the load.
On Thursday night, Max Talbot was one of those players.
Gord Miller is probably not wrong in his assessment that HBO could probably have made a special about this game. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, they would not be the heroes in this one.
After a topsy-turvy matchup that saw the game tied three times, the Flyers finally came out of the Bell Centre with a 4-3 win in hand while the Habs saw more of referee Chris Lee than the back of the Flyers' net.
Philadelphia got on the board first as everyone's eyes were on Jakub Voracek's dazzling dashes into the offensive zone, leaving none on Max Talbot, who potted the game's first ...
Nothing is going to stop this Flyers team it seems.
With their captain and leading scorer on the shelf for an extended period of time, the Flyers persevered another big challenge.
The Canadiens had an answer for the Flyers first three goals. But it was the final tally early in the third period that Montreal couldn't respond to and the Flyers went on to win, 4-3, Thursday night in Montreal.
It was the seventh straight win for the Flyers, who are rolling despite finding out their leader Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season with severe post-concussion syndrome. They improved to 12-4-1 on the season without their captain, an impressive feat when looking at his impact when on the ice.