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Plekanec Fuels the Playoff Fire?

As if we weren't anxious enough for the playoffs as it is... Adding proverbial fuel to the fire, Tomas Plekanec has ensured that everyone will be watching game 1 of the first round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens. In an interview with Montreal newspaper La Presse, Plekanec made certain remarks that won't be taken lightly by the Washington Capitals, especially Jose Theodore, who was announced as the Capitals starting goaltender this morning by coach Bruce Boudreau. "It's not as though we are facing (Martin) Brodeur or (Ryan) Miller," Plekanec said in his interview. "They don't have a dominant goaltender. When you look at the goaltending mat...

Habs vs. Leafs Gameday: Last Chance

For this entire, final week of the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens have been sitting but two points or less away from a clinched playoff spot. Through the luck of the draw, if you want to call it lucky, they were handed the 11th, 12th and 15th place teams in the Eastern Conference to close out their season. Moreover, the teams currently behind them in 8th and 9th place, play each other in their respective final two games of the season. Someone who may have been stuck under a rock these past six days might say "no problem". Only a single win out of three, against three teams already eliminated from playoff contention? Piece of cake. Well, guess again. Tuesday night, the Hab...

Things Carey Price has Learned/Noticed while riding the Bench

Things Carey Price has Learned/Noticed while riding the Bench It’s no secret that Jaroslav Halak has won the starting job from Carey Price. While Jaro spends his days making Pierre Gauthier’s job a living hell, Carey has been riding more pine than a horny lumberjack. It can get to be pretty boring sitting down and doing nothing for games on end, so Carey did us a favour and put a list together of things he’s noticed/learned while being glued to the bench these past few weeks. - The Bell Centre scoreboard is slightly bigger than the TV I have in my apartment. - Apparently Jaro can’t tell the difference between Regular Gatorade and Human Gatorade. - Kirk Muller’s hair has...

Live Blog tonight: Habs @ Isles! 7PM!

TCL is pleased to announce that we will be doing yet another live blog tonight for the Canadiens game on Long Island. Set your reminders in the widget at the end of this blog, and make sure to log back into TCL at 7PM tonight, as TCL Islanders contributor and member of The Hockey Writers, Rob McGowan and myself will be blogging the game LIVE. Rob will be at Nassau Coliseum in the press box, and I will be sitting on my couch as we discuss the game as it happens. Tune in for this special event, and make sure to post lots of comments! ----------------- GAME PREVIEW The Canadiens' destiny is in their own hands tonight. A win against the Islanders (paired up with a loss b...

Halak Named First Star of the Week as Habs Surprise with Back-to-Back Shutouts

Can someone please explain to me what happened to the Montreal Canadiens over this past weekend? From losing 2-1 last Wednesday to what should be a lottery team in the Carolina Hurricanes (and subsequently having your own goalie, who was good enough to merit a 3rd star selection, booed out of the arena), to consecutive shutout victories against the Flyers and Sabres (and subsequently having the other goalie named the first star of the week in the entire NHL?) Something doesn't quite add up here. Yes, there's the Jaroslav Halak factor, and yes, we've talked endlessly about how differently the skaters play in front of one goalie as opposed to the other. But the fact that one team can be ...

Habs look to avoid Cane-ing as they host Carolina

Maybe I'm being being a little bit over-dramatic, but tonight may just be the biggest game of Carey Price's young career. At least so far. Price will be in goal as the Canadiens host the Carolina Hurricanes. Based on how he performs - or rather the end result of the game, regardless of his performance - this may be the last time he sees the ice as the starting goaltender for the Canadiens in the 2009-10 season. It's clear as day that the Canadiens have decided to go with Jaroslav Halak as their number one goaltender heading into the playoffs, and I believe that most Habs fans have accepted this as a fact, despite some fairly heated Price vs. Halak debates from earlier in the seas...

TCL 10 Questions for your Monday

Seeing as an extensive blog at this point would just be a rehash of anything and everything we've said over the last few weeks, or even months, I figured we'd leave the breakdowns and tidbits to the other blogs for today. Instead, it's tonight for you guys to sound off. With six games left in the regular season for the Montreal Canadiens, there are many questions left to be answered. Today, we will take a look at 10 of them, in today's edition of ''TCL 10 Questions''! 1. What did you think of the Habs and how they played Saturday night against the Devils? 2. The top 3 goalscorers for the Habs are Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, and Tomas Plekanec, respectively. How many goals wi...

I would have paid attention but...

The Habs were so pre-occupied with the fact that they were up 2-0 on the Sabres with fewer than 5 minutes left that most of them lost focus on the game and started dealing with other endeavours. The result of course led to Sabres comeback and to another frustrating Habs loss. We asked the Habs players to finish this sentence: ‘I would have paid attention to the last 5 minutes, overtime, and shootout of tonight’s game, but I was too busy....’ Jacques Martin: .....looking at the vein on Lindy Ruff’s forehead...it was mesmerizing. Jaroslav Halak: .....trying to get the lighter that I was holding under my Carey Price voodoo doll to work. Ryan O’Byrne: ....sitting in the ...

Epic Fail: Habs Blow two-goal lead against Sabres

As I awoke this morning, with the sour taste of last night's loss still in my mouth, I was ready to come on here today and basically tear the Canadiens apart. Save Carey Price, the ''team'', if you can call them that, that dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Buffalo Sabres last night, certainly deserves every bit of criticism. But as I made my daily rounds around the net, around facebook and twitter and all the Habs-related blogs, it seemed as if there was another subject that was taking precedent over the piss-pour performance of the team. It seems as if a lot of the negative sentiment that followed the Canadiens Epic Failure, blowing a two-goal lead in the last three minutes of a...

Missed Opportunity - Habs Fall Flat Against Sens

It's not like me to post game reviews, seeing as I'm more the ''game preview'' type. Add that to the fact that I was frantically flipping channels between the game and an all-new episode of ''24'' last night, and it kind of makes this blog a little more odd. But there is much to be said concerning last night's game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. In a game that could have seen the Canadiens gain a fair amount of ground over most of the teams in the Eastern conference playoff game, the Habs fell flat on their faces. No drive, no intensity, almost no will to win the game at all. It was almost like watching the Canadiens we regrettably got u...