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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...

Much Ado About Scott Gomez

We probably don't need to tell you that it took Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez a year and three days -- or 56 games -- to score the goal he did on Thursday night against the New York Islanders. It has been the subject of many jokes, including bars offering free shots for when he scores, countdown (or up) sites, and even Facebook events celebrating last weekend's no-goal-a-Gomez-iversary.

Here's the magical moment from Thursday's game:

 

 

It may seem a little anti-climatic that Gomez would finally get the monkey off his back and score a goal three days after the anniversary while the game was already 2-0 in favor of the Canadiens, ...

It's a Miracle - Gomez Scores - On A Power Play

The Montreal Canadiens visited the New York Islanders this evening for a tilt in the Nassau County Mausoleum. The scratches on the Habs side were the newly arrived Aaron Palushaj and the injured Yannick Weber (lower body). Earlier in the day the Catholic Diocese of Montreal called for all Catholics to pray for the redemption of the season for the Habs. It has worked before, after all, with 24 Stanley Cups for the team.

The first period began with a flourish for the visitors. Max Pacioretty streaked in on the right side and beat Evgeni Nabokov on a perfect shot over the goalie's shoulder for his twentieth of the season. The lone assist on the play went to Erik Cole. Both teams ex...

Game Day: Habs at a Crossroads As They Travel to Long Island

Last Sunday on the CBC broadcast of the Habs' win over the Jets, the network aired a sit down interview between Elliotte Friedman and Carey Price. The Canadiens' goaltender proceeded to describe this season for his team in one (and a half) words: "rollercoaster."

Well, that's an understatement. The Canadiens have had so many highs and lows this season that you'd think they were a malfunctioning hot air balloon. It really is the perfect way to describe them. On one hand, you have a team that's essentially one Hurricanes' win away (don't worry, those aren't coming any easier either...

Canadiens Win In Shootout

Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2 Pittsburgh Penguins (SO)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were visiting Montreal on Tuesday night for a match-up with the Montreal Canadiens. While it took a while for the scoring to begin, the game was a tight battle all the way through. With the two teams battling right past overtime into a shootout, it really could have gone either way. However, on this night is was the lowly Canadiens who got the extra point after Tomas Plekanec netted the winner in the shootout.

 

The scoring opened midway through ...

Gomezversary Sparks Canadiens Against Jets

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Those who follow hockey, and specifically the Montreal Canadiens, know perhaps all too well that February 5th, 2012 has a particular meaning other than Super Bowl XLVI. It is, of course, in reference to February 5th, 2011, which was the last time that highest-paid Hab Scott Gomez scored a goal.

In the days leading up to Gomezversary, many of these followers as well as those of rival teams have had their fun in cheering/jeering the Canadiens' number 11. But it's all just an eight-million dollar mask covering up the real issue: Montreal has lost every game coming out of the All-Star Break, most recently a paltry showing...

Game Day: Winnipeg Jets Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Winnipeg Jets Vs. Montreal Canadiens

Bell Centre, 2 PM EST

Montreal, Quebec

All you have to do is look at the Eastern conference standings.  How about looking at the league standings?  Or maybe you should realize that the Montreal Canadiens haven't won a game since the all-star break.  Scott Gomez hasn't scored a goal in offically a year.  The Habs only have 47 points which means that they are the fourth worst team in the league.  And finally with only 30 games remaining they are thirteen points out of a playoff spot.  After losing yesterday, all Randy Cunneyworth could say was that at least the effort was there.  If that's ...