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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...

A Great Hockey Day In Canada For Montreal

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Hockey day in Canada has become the gift that the NHL and the commish gives the CBC every year.  The league schedules games between all the Canadian teams spread out throughout the day.  CBC pretends like its covers the Canadian game the best and retells the same stories over and over again.  This year the day was overshadowed by two events not in control of the head honchos of the Toronto flavoured CBC.

The first took place in Ottawa where the Oilers beat the Senators in overtime.  It had nothing to do with the game but all to do with Quebec City.  The Nordiques fans, dressed in Nordiques blue, invaded Ottawa...

Trade winds blowing in Philadelphia

It’s been talked about since captain Chris Pronger went down for the season in December, but now the question resonates louder than it ever has before.

Who are they going to get?

With the February 27 trade deadline quickly approaching, rumors have been swirling as to what the Philadelphia Flyers plan to do to make their promising team a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.

As each day ends and a new one begins, the anticipation to what will be done becomes more palpable.

Deadline Reality Check: Defensemen

Like every other fan, I'll throw out a crazy trade possibility or nine this time of year. As hockey fans, it's typical to lose rationality in the month leading up to deadline day, an unofficial holiday in my book. 

As Red Wings fans, this tendency is even stronger due to past deadline deals that brought Hall of Famers such as Chelios to Hockeytown. The salary cap era has stifled Ken Holland's freewheeling deals but with the Wings sitting atop the standings with over $5 million in cap space, many think a big splash is coming.

I think the Wings are going to make a lot of noise... in the summer, especially if Lidstrom and Holmstrom retire an...

Game Day: Canadiens @ Maple Leafs

The Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs will once again do battle tonight, this time on the night that Mats Sundin's jersey number goes to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre. These two teams have been in different places all season, with the Maple Leafs fighting for a playoff spot and the Canadiens struggling to even come close. This is a welcome change, of course, for Maple Leafs fans, for which the situation is usually flipped, but for Habs fans, it's an unusual and painful experience.

 

Tonight the oldest and most historic rivalry in the NHL is reborn, and both teams d...