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Hapless Habs fall to Flames, slumping offensively

Yesterday, the Montreal Canadiens were blanked for the first time of the season 1-0 by the Calgary Flames at Bell Centre. Jarome Iginla scored the only goal on the night and Miika Kiprusoff made 25 easy saves to earn his 10th win of the season. Jaroslav Halak was good and made 30 saves in the loss.

The Canadiens have now scored only two-goals in regulation in their past three games. They site currently 11th in the Eastern Conference with only 16 points in 18 games. One point behind, the NY Islanders!
They rank 27th offensively with a 2.28 GPA, their power play continue to sputter being blanked once again against Calgary yesterday.

Jacques Martin has tri...

Goaltending controv--- oh, wait, there's a game tonight?

Tonight, the Canadiens welcome the Calgary Flames to the Bell Centre for the second of only two games between the two teams this season. In the third game of the season for the Canadiens, they visited the Flames in Calgary in the first game of a Western Conference road trip, and fell 4-3 with Jaroslav Halak getting his first start of the season.

Tonight, no one is really certain who's going to be starting for the Canadiens between the pipes. Price was brilliant last Thursday in Boston, essentially stealing the game in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins. And while he can't be faulted for the team in front of him only getting one goal on Saturday night, at l...

A few questions for Allan Walsh

By now, most of you know about the ''controversy'' that was stirred up this weekend after the Canadiens 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. But for those who live under a rock, let's recount what happened that led to what many are calling a ''goaltending controversy'' (even though I've been calling it that since the beginning of the season):

Mere minutes after the buzzer sounded to end Saturday night's game, Allan Walsh, NHL player agent that represents, among others, Ondrej Pavelec, Patrick Elias, David Perron, and Pascal Dupuis, published the following on his twitter account:

"Interesting stat of the night.... #Habs' Price is ...

Game 17 preview: Goaltending Controversy? What goaltending controversy!? (part 2)

So, Thursday's game preview against the Bruins certainly sparked an interesting debate, at least once it was announced that Carey Price would be getting his second start in as many games (after tonight, that number will grow to three games).

You'd think that most people wouldn't have a problem with a highly touted, very young goalie who has been slated to lead this team into the future getting a few starts early in the season. But apparently, being the back-up goaltender in this city and winning a few games as such creates goaltending controversies.

I know, I know, we're not supposed to be throwing that term around after everything ...

Montreal Canadiens claim Jay Leach off re-entry waivers from Devils

Jay Leach, a 6'4'', 200 lb, defenseman, played 24 games last season with the New Jersey Devils, notching one assist and recording 21 PIM.

The 30 year-old Leach was drafted in the 5th round (115th overall) of the 1998 NHL draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Leach plays a gritty and physical game, something lacking in Montreal with the injuries to towering defensemen Ryan O'Byrne and Hall Gill.

Leach will join the Canadiens in Montreal. He was playing in Lowell, the AHL affiliate of the Devils.

Also, Alex Henry was removed from IR and placed on waivers to go to Hamilton as the new captain of the Bulldogs.

Game 16 Preview: Rivalries renewed (less certain players), Habs at Bruins!

Business is slated to pick tonight as the Montreal Canadiens finally get to visit their old friends, the Boston Bruins, tonight at the TD Banknorth Center!

The two age old rivals haven't faced off since the pre-season in any gameplay, or, more importantly, in game play that actually matters, since the Bruins swept the Habs in last year's first round of the playoffs.

That was last April.

Since then, both teams have gone through several changes. The Canadiens, as it has been well documented on this site and many others, changed more than half their line-up, getting rid of a lot of players who contributed heavily to the bitter feud the ...

Time to call-up Sergei Kostitsyn to spark Andrei

15 games into the 2009-10 season, the Montreal Canadiens currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference with only 14 points. While the first line of Cammalleri-Gomez-Gionta is producing offensively almost every game, Tomas Plekanec is still waiting for quality wingers to pass the puck to.

Currently playing with grinders Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse, TurtlePlek has already 14 points (4 goals and 10 assists) in 15 games. He has been the Habs' most consistent forward despite playing with almost every forward on the team, save for Gomez.

Slated to play with Plekanec at the beginning of the season were the Kostitsyn brothers, who since then have been ass...

Game 15 Preview: Thrashers visit Habs (again), injuries continue to pile up Update: Price, Carle confirmed


The Canadiens are coming off a 5-4 shootout victory against the Leafs this past Saturday night, and while it may not have been the best win of the season, it's a win, and most people would expect tight, emotional games from these two teams, no matter how bad one or both may be. They take whatever momentum they have from this past weekend and bring it into the Bell Centre tonight to face the Ilya Kovalchuk-less Atlanta Thrashers!

To be perfectly honest, there isn't much to say about the Atlanta Thrashers that I didn't say two weeks ago when the Thrashers paid their first visit to the Bell Centre. Naturally, both clubs have played their fair share of game...

Game 14 Preview: Mike Komisarek comes to town, Habs vs. Leafs round 2!

Another night, another game... Oh wait, the Leafs are in town? That's a totally different story! And despite both these teams not being overly impressive to start the season, (an understatement when it comes to the Leafs), there are still some very interesting storylines being set up in this one. Besides the obvious one, which we'll get into a little later, both teams are looking at dismal performances as of late and are looking to get back on track in front of a hot crowd tonight at the Bell Centre. Both teams are going to have to do a lot of things differently if they expect to win tonight or any game in the future, and both teams face different problems coming into toni...

Canadiens' road woes continue in the windy city

The Montreal Canadiens have lost again on the road; this time 3-2 against the Chicago BlackHawks. A better effort than Wednesday, a 6-1 loss against the Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Habs were trailing 2-0 late in the second period after goals by Versteeg and Barker, when Mike Cammalleri scored his 6th goal of the season on a rebound to put the game 2-1. About four minutes later, Travis Moen scored hist 4th goal of the season on a very sharp angle shot that beat Huet on the glove side. After two periods the Habs were outshot 27-17 by the Hawks, despite an offensive surge that tied the game 2-2.

Midway through the third period, Patri...