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Jacques Martin Fired

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

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Habs Link Checks: December 16, 2011

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.

The Media:

Louis Leblanc's first goal from the official site of the Montreal Canadiens.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette taks about the Habs' powe...

Talbot Shines in Seventh-Straight Win

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.

Canadiens Lose Tug-of-War With Flyers, 4-3




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 ...

Flyers win seven straight without Pronger, Giroux

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.

Game Day : Flyers @ Habs


After a close game against the Islanders earlier this week, the Habs are ready to take on the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

 While the Habs have had their injury problems this season, the Flyers have had some of there own lately.  Superstar forward Claude Giroux is sidelined with, what appears to be, a serious concussion after taking a knee to the head from his teamate Wayne Simmonds.  Veteran blue liner,Chris Pronger is also out of the lineup with concussion like symptoms.  Pronger also suffered a serious eye injury earlier in the season, and is also having issues with his knee.

Tomas Kaberle has made an impact for the Habs so far in...

Habs Link Checks: December 14, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens are sitting in ninth place with 33 points.  The team is tied with the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils and only nine points separates them and the top of the conference.

From TCL:

David Collins discusses the Habs win.

Chris Hessel admits that the Habs are too good for the Islanders. 

The Media:

TSN talks about the Montreal Canadiens' prospects who are going to make their mark on the Canadian team at the World Juniors.

Luke Fox of Sportsnet believes the enforcer player cards are a disgrace.

The official site of the Montreal Canadiens and their quick blurb about the call up of Michael Blunden.

Red ...

Montreal Too Much for Isles to Handle

The Islanders were in Montreal on Tuesday night, hoping to get back on the right track after a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Canadiens Hold Off Islanders, Win 5-3

The New York Islanders were in town on Tuesday night, looking to steal two points from the Habs on home-ice. It didn't work out that way, however, and the Canadiens were able to win their second game in a row with help from a few unexpected scorers.


The first period featured a lot of scoring, for a Canadiens game anyway. Things didn't start off all that well as Lars Eller took an interference penalty just 40 seconds in, which put the Habs stellar penalty kill to work right off the bat. They managed to kill the penalty fairly easily, without the Islanders providing much of a threat. The first five minutes di...

Campoli Dresses But Why Is Emelin Not?

The Montreal Canadiens host the New York Islanders tonight and Jason gives us his thoughts on the game.  One of the questions he had was if Chris Campoli would be dressing tonight.  The Habs front office and coaching staff has never been too forthcoming with any information about the team or its' players.  They like to keep us guessing and feel that a cloak of secrecy will give them a leg up on the opposition....anyways....

Chris Campoli has been out of the line up since he tore his hamstring against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 6th.  Since his injury Raphael Diaz and Alexei Emelin have stepped up and have each made a case to stay in the lineup.  Y...