The Montreal Canadiens will look to rebound from 3 straight losses tonight when they receive the Vancouver Canucks, but it will be a daunting task. After losing to three teams they should have faired better against, the Habs will face the closest thing to a powerhouse you'll currently find in the league. What's worse, they'll have to do it without their leading goalscorer, Mike Cammalleri. They'll also have to do it with Paul Mara (upper body injury), Jaroslav Spacek (also out with an upper body injury), Andrei Kostitsyn (on the IR after surgery), and maybe even Matt D'Agostini, who was just called up.
We all know about the loss of Cammalleri, who ...
The Montreal Canadiens lost sniper Michael Cammalleri Saturday afternoon when he went hard into the boards after colliding with defenseman Anton Volchenkov, his leg buckling under him.
The injury did not look good at all, and Cammy was unable to put any weight on his right leg. At first glance, it looks like he both injured his right ankle and right knee and it could lead to lengthy absence. Update: the injury is to his right knee.
Cammalleri was scheduled to undergo an MRI yesterday or today to know about the extent of the injury; however, we are still awaiting the details on the injury. Sportsnet revealed that, while the injury will keep ...
Going to do something different today, and try doing a live blog during today's afternoon game in Ottawa, which is, of course, a part of CBC's Hockey Day in Canada festivities. So keep yourself logged in to TCL starting at 2PM for updates from the game as they happen! And if you haven't done so yet, register and share you thoughts as the game progresses!
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4:44PM: And just like that it's over. Fisher scores after a nifty 2-line pass from Karlson and on a play where he doesn't give up. Not a surprising result, ends 3-2 Sens in OT. Stay tuned for some post-gam...
I wasn't going to post a blog today but this needs some attention... according to Tony Marinaro on the Team 990, Andrei Markov confronted Carey Price after the 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Allegedly, Markov told Price "Play with more heart, or stay home.. we don't need you." (source).
Following this comment, Tony claims that half the locker room backed Price, the other half, Markov. Marinaro then implied that this confrontation could have been one of the deciding factors behind the demotions of Pacioretty and D'Agostini to Hamilton, and that there might also be friction between Markov and his defense partner (also Price's best friend), Josh Gorge...
The Montreal Canadiens will go into tonight's game against the Florida Panthers with a lot of confidence. Not only did they beat two teams that were ahead of them this past weekend, not only did they secure a playoff spot (for now), but they took out their revenge against two teams that embarrassed them earlier this month.
After losing to the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre in a 2-1 contest on Janaury 9th, they exacted their revenge this past Friday night, controlling the play for most of the game and walking away with 2 points in a 3-1 victory. The following night, they exacted revenge on the New York Rangers, who wiped the floor with the Habs only 6 night before the Saturda...
UPDATE 5:45PM: After Max Pacioretty was shipped out to Hamilton this morning, Matt D'Agostini was sent packing as well. No real surprise here, he was actually worse than Pacioretty, and time with Guy Boucher will do both of them some good.
Ben Maxwell, a natural center, has been called up to replace him. Maxwell played 7 games with the Habs last year, scoring no points. He has 34 points in 46 games with the Bulldogs.
Also, Paul Mara won't accompany the team on its Florida road trip, resting after suffering an upper body injury this weekend (according to RDS).
Onto the next bitter, angry blog....
I'm a lifelong Habs fan. I've ...
DISCLAIMER:Today's blog will be fairly angry and ranty. Reader beware.
So, Big Georges Laraque is gone. Sent home packing. Basically told to grab his SH*T get the F*CK out (pardon my French). He will get paid nearly $600,000 to sit hope before being paid another cool million (two thirds of the remainder of his contract) over the next two years to simply go away.
I can't say I'm surprised that he's gone. I can't even say that I'm surprised at the way Bob Gainey handled the situation, basically kicking Laraque off the team, throwing dirt on his own mistakes and blaming Laraque for them, and scapegoating him for other problems with the team (if you remember, he did the same with 1...
NOTE FROM PRAX: Updated with Gainey comments
UPDATE 2: Poll added
Eight days ago I wrote a blog on George Laraque’s demise as an NHL enforcer, well looks like the Montreal Canadiens took my advice this morning when they decided to officially part ways with BGL. Bob Gainey called Laraque to tell him personally that head coach Jacques Martin didn’t have any confidence in him and that the organization believes that it can win without an enforcer in the line-up.
According to RDS, The Canadiens will pay Laraque’s salary for the remainder of the current season and then buy out the last year of the three-year $4.5 million contract Laraque signed on July 3rd, 2008.
After a disaster of a weekend and 2 days off, the Canadiens return to action tonight, as they host the St. Louis Blues for another rare Bell Centre tilt.
To say that this past weekends losses to the Senators (4-2) and to the Rangers (6-2!) were failures would be an understatement. As a result of falling to two teams that were essentially tied with the Canadiens, as well as the action in the NHL on Monday and Tuesday, the Canadiens dropped from a tie for 7th place to 12th place in the East. Somehow, despite having the last two days off, as well as four days off last week, 4 of the 5 teams immediately ahead of the Canadiens STILL have games in hand!
The only solace the Habs can t...
Daniel Alfredsson showed his great leadership in his first game back with the Ottawa Senators after a shoulder injury sidelined him for three weeks.
The Senators’ captain notched a goal and two assists in his return to the lineup, and rookie Zack Smith scored his first NHL goal (shorthanded) in the Senators’ 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre Saturday night.
Alfie, the Hab Killer, who missed 11 games because of a separated left shoulder, an injury he suffered against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Chris Phillips scored 1:22 apart in the second frame to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead.
3rd string goalie Mike Brodeur stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced in his third ca...