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Gameday: Habs Look to Keep Rolling in Ottawa

 

Hi. Nice to you see you again. It's been a while, hasn't it? 

Only a month into the 2011-12, it seems like we've had to go through yet another off-season, with six days off between the Canadiens' last couple of games (a sweep of a home-and-home series against the struggling Boston Bruins) and tonight's match-up against the red hot (wut) Ottawa Senators. Even the weather cooperated here in Montreal, with a few nice days throughout the week, despite the fact that it's November.

Yup, it definitely felt like we just had another mini off-season, and quite frankly, it couldn't have come at a worst time...

Habs Demolish Bruins

The Habs have beaten the Bruins for the second time in as many games in a spirited affair in the Bell Centre. The Habs opened the scoring and never looked back. They are playing a more cohesive game since the firing of Perry Pearn. 

The coaching staff is more animated and the team is playing with more life than they have played in a long while. The effort is there and they are going to the net and the results have started to come through.

The game featured some good scoring chances on both sides and some nice saves on both sides of the ice.

The referees had a tight game, calling the Bruins on many penalties in the first 40 minutes. The Habs power play capitalized on...

Game Day: Boston Bruins Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Boston Bruins Vs. Montreal CanadiensBell Centre

Montreal, Quebec

And the Montreal Canadiens are on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup…again.  Yes, we all have been taught not to start a sentence with “and” but this week has just seems like one big long game.  If you could go back to Wednesday morning and ask anyone if the Habs would be on the verge of winning three in a row come Saturday you would get some laughs, some snickers and the occasional French swear word. 

It’s Saturday and believe it or not the Habs do have a chance to win three in a row beating both the hated Bruins and Flyers.  As we bask in the glow of a glorious week...

Two In A Row: Habs Avenge Themselves In Beantown

So, how has your week been so far?

In what can only be described as another week in Habs-land, the fans in this city have gone from having to be talked off the ledge, to pure elation, to a real glass cage of emotions that can't really be explained, in the process of no less than four days.

Backtrack to Monday night. The Canadiens had just lost their fifth game in a row, and were looking at one of, if not the worst start in the history of their organization. The Florida Panthers were hitting the Bell Centre ice, and the coaching and management staff was starting to feel the pressure around their necks. The end result? A 2-1 loss, thanks t...

Game Day : Habs @ Bruins

Showdown in Beantown tonight, baby!

The Habs are in Boston to take on the Bruins in the first of two back to back games in this classic original six matchup.  

We all know the story behind Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara and the famous stanchion hit, and tonight will be the first time these two have players will be on the ice together since that hit.  It's time for the Bruins and the Habs!

Coming off an impressive win at home (first of the year) against the Flyers last night (make sure to check out Shahab Khan's recap), the Habs finally have something to roll with. On top of ending their six game skid, goaltender Carey Price secured his 100th career vict...

Les Partisans Are Happy - For One Night

Philadelphia Flyers 1 Montreal Canadiens 5

It didn’t take long for Pierre Gauthier to listen to fans and the media.  Something needed to be done.  Something needed to change.  Someone needed to be held accountable for the start:  the worst start in the franchise’s history. 

So 90 minutes before the game Gauthier fired assistant coach Perry Pearn.  Pearn and coach Martin go back a long way but that relationship ended tonight and that change led to the Canadiens walking over the Flyers tonight.  That is what Gauthier would want everyone to believe!

After a long day of hearing everything from fire everybody to trade Carey Price...

Flyers Pounded In Montreal, 5-1

The Philadelphia Flyers went into Wednesday night’s game with a chance to add to the Montreal Canadiens troubles.

Montreal fired assistant coach Perry Pearn before the contest, and with a winless home record they looked ripe for the picking.

Game Day : Flyers @ Habs

The Montreal Canadiens look to end their six game losing streak tonight as they host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Center.  

It seems home games are no advantage to the Habs this season, they have yet to win any of them.  Fans, media and the players themselves can't seem to stop their heads from spinning.  

There is a pile of reasons that can contribute to their lack of success, but it seems that the coaching staff is taking most of the heat.  I won't go on to much about that but take a look at what George Prax had to say about it.

The Flyers have chemistry.  What's chemistry you ask? Well, its when 3 players on a line lear...

Time To Say Goodbye to Uncles Jacques and Pierre

102 years.

That's how long the Montreal Canadiens have been a hockey organization. Longer than any other team currently in the NHL. Longer than the league itself.

And in all those years, throughout an entire century, the Canadiens have never suffered as embarrassing a start to the season as the one they are currently going through.

Eight games. One win. Six losses, one in overtime, the last of which came Monday night at the Bell Centre, at the hands of the Florida Panthers (Laura Kenney's recap).

I repeat, one win, on the road, against the Winnipeg Jets, a team that's just about as bad as the Habs. Through eight games, one measly win, and, by the way, n...

Another One Bites the Dust

The Montreal Canadiens were at home against the Florida Panthers this evening. The result is becoming an all too familiar story for the Habs, who are winless at home in this season from Hades. Over the years, the Habs have found ways to win. This season, they are now finding more and more ways to lose.

The game was featured each team's backup goalies. The Panthers' young prospect and backup to Jose Theodore, Jacob Markstrom, played well and got a couple of quick whistles - including one that was put behind him after the whistle blew.

As for the Canadiens, there seemed to be a lack of communication on a few plays as the defense was not used to playing in front of Peter ...