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Stars Visit the Canadiens

The Stars arrive in Montreal to meet the Habs in a Mardi Gras edition of Méchant Mardi; a night where the Habs have done well. Astonishingly, Mike Ribeiro will be playing his first game back in Montreal since being traded to Dallas for Janne Niinimaa and a pick (Andrew Conboy) back in September 2006. The Stars as a franchise have not played in Montreal in a long time - hint - Laraque scored in that game. I understand the reason for the schedule being non equal but seriously. It will be the first time the Bell Centre crowd gets to see the talented Jamie Benn among others.

The Stars are a young, fast team with good goaltending. Looking forward to a good goaltending battle of the Care...

Canadiens Fall to the Devils

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The Montreal Canadiens played host to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night, in a game in which the Canadiens would drop a very important two points. Despite a great effort in the third from the Canadiens, the Devils were able to hold them off and win the game by a score of 3-1. For the Devils these two points mean that much more security in their playoff spit (they currently sit 6th in the East), but for the Canadiens dropping the two points meant the difference between being just four points out of eighth, and remaining stuck in eleventh.

Montreal Acquires Fourth Generation Hab Geoffrion; Trades Gill to Nashville

On Friday afternoon, as the Montreal Canadiens were preparing to face the Buffalo Sabres (when else other than game day), news broke on twitter via RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie that Hal Gill has been traded to the Nashville Predators. The trade comes mere hours after the Flyers traded for their own defenseman, Nicklas Grossman on Thursday evening.

Moments later, the trade was made extra official by the Canadiens' official twitter feed, reporting that the Habs have acquired Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a  2nd round pick in this year's draft in exchange for the American defenseman (the Preds will get a conditional 5th rou...

Habs Shuffle off to Buffalo

Ten days left to the NHL trade deadline, and the 13th place Habs are shuffling off to Buffalo to meet the 14th place Sabres. Yes, a battle of the titans. Sabres were picked by many pundits to finish high in the eastern conference standings, but they've obviously proven not to be as good as advertised.

In their last game, mere hours before tonight's tilt, the Sabres would lose a 7-2 contest to the Flyers in what can only be described as a lack-luster performance. The Habs on the other hand are coming of one of their better performances of the season in their shootout loss to the Bruins two nights ago. In their last game, the Habs showed grit and determination, albeit in ...

Has the NHL Seriously Not Yet Figured Out Brad Marchand?

By now, you've probably all heard about Brad Marchand's ill-fated attempt to hip check Habs hitting machine Alexei Yemelin, in the dying seconds of the second period in last night's 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. You've probably also heard that the hit will go unpunished by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL.

But the hit, and the lack of punishment at the NHL level raises many questions about how Shanahan and his staff judge these sorts of things, and what the criteria really is for repeat offenders and people who clearly can't get a message.

But first, the hit itself. As the second period came to a close, Marchan...

White's Return Dashed by Shootout Loss

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It was yet another intense, as-prescribed head-to-head with the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, and for once the Habs were the ones to pull themselves back from a multi-goal deficit. Extra time, however, did not balance in the favour of Randy Cunneyworth's Canadiens as Tyler Seguin procured his team a shootout win by scoring the only goal in the one-on-one competiton.

The game began with several physical overtones, including Lars Eller and Alexei Emelin taking turns getting the better of the Bruins' Shawn Thornton. Resident badass Ryan White, back from injury and recalled from his conditioning stint i...

Bruins Visit Bell Centre

One of the longest rivalries in the NHL writes a new chapter on Bell Centre ice this evening as the Boston Bruins visit the Montreal Canadiens. It was surprising to learn that this is the final encounter of the season (barring a playoff miracle) between these two forever rivals.

The Bruins are fresh off a shutout loss last night against the New York Rangers and, as a result, will probably be in a snarly mood. The Habs are coming off of a loss in what was supposed to be a must win game against Carolina, 5-3.

The Habs are in disarray in this season of out discontent, with frustration being shown at all levels of the organization. Two of the players...

Randy Cunneyworth Making a Good Case for His Job with the Habs

 

Despite any semblance of a streak put on by the Montreal Canadiens in recent games, these days, it's pretty easy to see who's on the outside looking in with this team. We all know who the pending unrestricted free agents are, and how they might look valuable to other teams in the league. But there are dueling forces right now in this city, and it's all because of a coach that's either fighting to keep his job and shed an "interim" title, or prove to 29 general managers watching Canadiens games that he's a worthy, NHL-level head coach.

For such a seemingly nice guy, Randy Cunneyw...

Canadiens Win Streak Ends

The Carolina Hurricanes paid a visit to the Bell Centre on Monday night for a game with the Montreal Canadiens. Each team has been struggling this year, but it was the Hurricanes who came out with a win on this night, something that hasn't been easy to come by for the Hurricanes this season. It was a close match the whole way but in the end the Canadiens weren't able to score that final goal to tie the game, as the Hurricanes went on to win by a score of 5-3.

It was the Hurricanes who opened up the scoring early in the first period as Jiri Tlusty tipped in a shot from defenseman Bryan Allen just three minutes into the game. While that was the only goal to be seen in the open...

Hurricanes arrive in Montreal

As the Hockey Day in Canada festivities from this past weekend become a fond memory for Habs fans, our attention now swings towards the Carolina Hurricanes, who are the visitors in tonight's tilt at the Bell Centre. It is a must win for both teams, as the Hurricanes currently sit in fifteenth place in the East, a measly four points behind the eleventh place Montreal Canadiens.

It is a game where all the clichés are applicable for both teams - put up or shut up - do or die - yada yada, we could go on. The game also marks (the face) Muller's return to Montreal for the first time since he was named head coach of the Hurricanes. I imagine the...