Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.
Next Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will face off in the final match of the season at the Bell Centre. It's an annual tradition that these two teams open and close their seasons against each other, and usually, the game has some sort of playoff implications, either for positioning or even clinching. We all remember the years where one team or the other played spoiler in that final game, and it always made the affair a little special. But this year, this match is a little different. Both the Habs and the Leafs will enter the game eliminated from playoff contention. In fact, they might even both be competing for a lottery pick when the puck drops on Saturday ...
The final home game of a disappointing 2011-12 season for the Trenton Titans saw the Titans lose by a score of 4-1 in front 4,213 fans at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.
Trenton gave up the first goal yet again in the first period as Matt Schepke beat Dave Caruso on a wrist shot in the slot late in the first period. Just over a minute later, Paul Crowder made it 2-0 on a power play with Steve Silva in the box for tripping.
Update 11:55AM: Bob Gainey also out of Montreal. Serge Savard brought in as special advisor for the new GM search.
Update 11:20AM: TSN's Darren Dreger is suggesting that Bob Gainey will step aside as well. Still no word on Randy Cunneyworth's status.
In a move that has been many months coming, Pierre Gauthier has been relieved of his duties as the General Manager of te Montreal Canadiens. The Habs and presumably Geoff Molson will hold a press conference at 11:45AM on Thursday morning to formally announce the news, and their plans going forward.
The timing of the announcement from the Canadiens is interesting to say th...
Mother Nature had her way with just about everyone this past week, amping up the temperatures to trick everyone into thinking they were in mid-playoff form. Unfortunately, this was the week that the Canadiens discovered (for real) that there is no chance of that for them this year.
Shut Out: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Cody Hodgson scored his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre and added another in the third period to procure the Sabres a win, Tuesday, against the Canadiens.
The Sabres once were where the Canadiens are, and are now where they usually tend to be at this time of year, fighting for a playo...
Both have performed exceptionally well in their NHL careers. Both have shined in the playoffs, although they have never raised a Cup. And both had something to prove once this season began – one for a new team, the other for his only.
Ilya Bryzgalov began the 2011-2012 season with the Philadelphia Flyers, his first with the squad. Carey Price was returning as the Montreal Canadiens’ starting goaltender after proving his worth over the past four seasons.
Though they both entered the season full of promise, only one looks to be playoff-bound.
If you've noticed that the Montreal Canadiens coverage here at The Checking Line has been sort of lacking these last few weeks, first of all, we apologize. But it really shouldn't be that surprising. It's kind of hard to write for a team when they're down on their luck, a team that finds themselves at the bottom of the standings with no hope of seeing higher ground. But it's even worse when it happens to a team that really shouldn't be as bad as their record indicates. And despite what you might see on the ice, in the box scores after the game and what you hear the pundits spewing, the Montreal Canadiens are not as bad as their record shows, even at 28-...
Despite being dead last in the Eastern Conference and going 3-6-1 in their last 10, the Montreal Canadiens just completed a roadtrip that saw them earn 5 out of a possible 8 points. One could even say they've opened up and started to (dare I say it?) have fun with one month left to go in the regular season, now that less pressure is weighed on their shoulders.
Near-Comeback: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
The Calgary Flames outscored the Canadiens 4-2 through the first two periods, and Curtis Glencross added an unassisted marker to start the third, but the momentum switched over quickly as Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty each...
Two struggling teams meet at the Dome tonight as the Flames and Montreal Canadiens finish off their season series in their second meeting. The Flames took the first game, in Montreal, 4-1 as Miikka Kiprusoff became the all-time franchise leader in goaltender wins, surpassing Mike Vernon. The Flames come into tonight’s match-up after another heart breaking loss to the Dallas Stars, 3-2 in a SO on Sunday afternoon. The Canadiens on the other hand only have pride to play for at this point as they will look to play spoilers the rest of the way, sitting in 15th place in the Eastern Conference.
Sitting down in a porta potty moments before it tips over. Paying for gas anywhere in the province of Quebec. Spending a day palling around with Captain Fun Stephen Harper. Being punched repeatedly in the face. And church.
There, I am almost positive all of that would be less fun than watching the Montreal Canadiens play hockey. So now that we’ve established it actually could be worse, let’s have a nice, non-violent chat about the Habs.
There aren’t many times when living in Western Canada is advantageous for a Habs fan but when there is this much negativity surrounding the organization, and every single person with two fingers and a smart phone is offering t...