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Habs Injury Updates: Markov, Gill, Mara, Spacek

The Montreal Canadiens flew into Pittsburgh on Friday looking to hammer the proverbial nail into the Pittsburgh Penguins coffin. With the series tied at two wins on each side, the Canadiens had momentum on their side coming off a win and a big confidence booster at the Bell Centre on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, the Penguins depth, skill and experience was simply too much for them, as they Pens took last night's game by a score of 2-1, to take a 3-2 series lead and take an opportunity to clinch an Eastern Conference Final berth at the Bell Centre tomorrow night. The Canadiens, of course, have nothing to be ashamed of, they've held the Penguins to two goals or le...

Pens - Habs Game 5 Preview: Markov, referees, more!

Something eerie is a brewin' in Habs Land today. While the team is in Pittsburgh, mere hours away from game 5 against the Penguins, a game which will give the wining team a 3-2 series lead, Pandora's box has been opened in Montreal when it comes to the status of defenseman Andrei Markov. Are reported yesterday right here on TCL, the injured defenseman made the trip to Pittsburgh with the rest of the team. Among the speculation as to why Markov would fly down if he was injured was that he was just there to cheer the team on (as was Paul Mara) and that his injury was not as bad as originally thought, and he might actually be able to suit up for the Canadiens tonight. Dave Stubbs f...

Breaking News: Markov to play?

In a developing story, Conor McKenna of the team 990 (later posted on Habs Inside/Out and RDS) has reported that Habs defenseman Andrei Markov has made the flight to Pittsburgh along with his teammates. RDS has confirmed the story, but added that he will not play tomorrow. Nevertheless, McKenna has hinted that since Markov has not had surgery yet, there is a possibility that he could return to action before the Canadiens' playoff run is done, just like, ironically, Sergei Gonchar in last year's playoff run for the Pens. An ACL injury like the one Markov has could be devastating for a player, but most injuries can be played with before the player goes in for surgery. If Markov i...

Pens - Habs Episode 4: The Search for Consistency - PLUS Live Blog Details!

----------------------- LIVE BLOG TONIGHT! Yes, we'll be back for another live blog today, as the Canadiens as well as our record when we do these things look to get back on track! Set your reminders below and join us at 6:30PM for all the pre-game fun! TCL Presents: Pens - Habs Game 4 LIVE BLOG! ---------------------- IT'S NOT ALL BAD The Montreal Canadiens will attempt to tie things up tonight at the Bell Centre, as they gear up to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals! I know things aren't looking so great for the Canadiens in this series, but how many people thought they'd be saying that a few months ago? A few weeks ago? ...

Top Ten Crosby Excuses

If Sidney Crosby has been trying to discredit any conspiracy theories lately, you wouldn’t have guessed it by his actions during game 2 of the Habs-Pens semi-final series. Here’s the video in case you missed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n1tdkklxw0 To the amazement of experts and fans everywhere, Crosby was not given a penalty on the play. Was it a penalty? Probably, but I’m not going to spend my time ranting about conspiracy theories. Besides, there isn’t a conspiracy...Crosby is just really good at getting out of tight spots (kind of like Patrick Kane). He actually gave the best excuse known to mankind to the ref when confronted about the incident. Nobody knows w...

Pens - Caps Game 3 LIVE BLOG right now!!!

Join is RIGHT NOW for tonight's LIVE BLOG! George Prax, Steven Hindle (Hockeybuzz) and Kamal Panesar (Habs Addict) bring to you a plethora of hockey analysts and panelists from across the blogosphere to cover tonight's game between the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, LIVE as it happens from the Bell Centre. So check out the widget below and post your comments to follow all the action! TCL Presents: Habs - Pens Game 3 *LIVE BLOG* Prax www.thecheckingline.com www.twitter.com/thecheckingline

Pens-Habs Episode 3: The Return of Crosby + Live Blog details!

QUICK UPDATE: Markov's season is done, according to the Team 990. The diagnosis is that Markov suffered a torn ACL, the muscle on the front part of the knee, which is the opposite muscle from the torn MCL Mike Cammalleri suffered. Not an injury you can come back from early, and one that takes at least 6 to 8 weeks to heal. More on this later. GAME 3 LIVE BLOG Here's a stat you won't hear on TSN or any of the newspapers. The Montreal Canadiens have won 4 of the 5 games for which TCL, in conjunction with Steven Hindle of Hockeybuzz and Kamal Panesar of Habs Addict, has been doing live blogs. Coincidence? I think not! Join the three of us, as well as a plethora of guest panelists, ...

Habs/Pens Game 2 Preview + Live Blog at 2PM!!

Yes, that's right! After a short hiatus for game 1, TCL's series of LIVE BLOGS is back for the Canadiens' second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins! Myself, George Prax, as well as Steven Hindle form Hockeybuzz and Kamal Panesar from Habs Addict are BACK to bring you the best live coverage anywhere on the web! We will be joined by many panelists once again as we prepare to watch the Canadiens attempt to tie the series up at the Mellon Arena. The game preview is below, but don't forget to set your reminders and join us LIVE at 1:45 for our pre-game countdown! TCL Presents: Pens - Habs Game 2 *LIVE BLOG* ------------------------------ GAME 2 PREVIEW There are man...