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Game 7 Preview: The "Artist" Returns to town

Some like to call him the artist. Others like to call him the second coming of Guy Lafleur. Some just call him lazy. Either way, Alex Kovalev is the closest thing the Canadiens had to a superstar since Guy Lafleur, whether he was one or not. While all of that is as arguable as anything is, there are two things that are certain: 1) It's so weird to see Alex Kovalev in a senators jersey, and it's going to be even weirder seeing him in a Senators jersey in the Bell Centre. 2) Amongst fans, Kovalev was one of the most polarizing figures in 100 years of Canadiens history. While he was beloved by many, all the nights he took off and his alleged laziness on the ice made a lot of pe...

Game 6 Preview: Avs @ Habs home opener. Let the Centennial Distractions Begin!

Here's something no one's really talked about since hockey made it's graceful return to us... How is this brand new troup of Canadiens players going to react to the renewed hoopla of Centennial celebrations going into the tail end of this historic year? Honoring players, rivalries, great moments in Habs history, ridiculously old uniforms, and whatever other kinds of celebrations and ceremonies the organization can think of... well, it wasn't so great for the team last year, at least not on the ice. A lot of so-called experts will tell you that all these pre-game ceremonies and distractions were one of the main reasons why the Canadiens faltered during the season last year and then in ...

Georges Laraque: One Hell of a guy

GEORGES LARAQUE VS OCTANE GIRLS from 33mag on Vimeo.

The video above seems to have gotten a fair bit of press today in this city. Pitting Big Georges Laraque against ''the octane girls'' in a friendly game of ball hockey (no pun intended), in an ad for Octana 7.0 energy drink, the scantily clad women seem to be a much more central part of the video than BGL himself. Still, it seems as if some women's activist groups got a hold of it (two weeks after I posted it in the forums, I might add) and complained that Big Georges was being a little chauvanistic and sexist in making such an ad. But I have to tell you, from what I've seen of the guy both off and (unfortunately) on the ice...

Game 5 preview: Habs look to rebound against Souray-less Oilers

When the Canadiens lost 7-1 to the Canucks on Wednesday night, I sat in front of my computer for two days searching for the words to describe what myself and other Habs fans were feeling. Frankly, they just didn't make it out. And it is hard to find words that describe the dismay a fan base feels when their team loses by a six goal margin, no matter the circumstance. And yes, it's just one game, we all know that there are still over 75 games left on the schedule and all teams lose like this at one point or another, but regardless of that, it isn't a feeling you really look forward to having, even if you know it's going to happen to even the best of teams. But there is at least a li...

Game 4 Preview (and short game 3 review): Canadiens at Canucks

(Image from RDS) The Habs roll into Vancouver tonight looking to rebound after a very tight game in Calgary last night. While the Canadiens will obviously be looking for the W tonight, they probably won't be the most desperate group of skaters on the ice. Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks are 0-3 to start the season, sitting pretty in 15th place in the West (I know it doesn't mean much 3 games in, but it's funny nonetheless :)). The team has given up 13 goals, enough to run the greatest goaltender in the history of human kind out of the net just two nights ago, hilariously replaced by Andrew Raycroft. Luongo's numbers are scary bad. Sitting at a 4.55 GAA and 82% save percentag...

Habs game 3 preview: Canadiens set to saddle up against flames! DOUBLE Update: Bergeron signs!

UPDATE 3:45PM: Bergeron officially a Hab, according to TSN and RDS. Text Size Looking to fill a need at defence caused by the injuries to Andrei Markov and Ryan O'Byrne, the Montreal Canadiens found some help in the free agent market. According to RDS.ca, the Habs have signed Marc-Andre Bergeron to a one-year, $750,000 contract. Bergeron spent last season with the Minnesota Wild. He recorded 14 goals and 18 assists in 72 games in 2008-09. Prior to his time with the Wild, The 28-year old played parts of his six-year career with the Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers. -------------------- It's been over 20 years since the Montreal Canadiens and ...

Another ugly win... another ugly loss on defense... where do the Habs go from here!?

Credit image to Habs Inside/Out So here we are, Monday morning, October 5th, another crappy-ish fall day. The habs are sitting pretty at the top of the Eastern conference, just below the Washington Capitals, on a 2-game road winning streak. The new players, for the most part, are producing, Carey Price is standing on his head, and the team is finding ways to win despite the odds being against them. So what's the problem, you say? Andrei Markov, the Canadiens' all-star defenseman, one of their top point producers and arguably their best all-round player, is injured for 4 months. A tendon cut by a skate, it's the injury that almost ended Robert Lang's career, and many believe a 4 m...

Habs win first game 4-3 in OT... but lose Markov for 4 months...

Credit Picture to Habs Inside/Out Edit: I learned just after writing most of this blog that Markov just underwent surgery and will be out for 4 months. God help us all. ----------------------- Last night, I was so ecstatic about the Canadiens victory over the Leafs that I almost posted a blog right away. I figured I'd wait, seeing as letting a few realities of the game sink in might reduce my homerism and allow me to transmit a more objective viewpoint (ya right). Needless to say, I think I speak for a lot of Habs fans when I say that our egos are at least somewhat deflated this morning, despite the impressive victory the boys put together last night. Some of it certainly has t...

DROP THE PUCK ALREADY!!!

(Credit picture to Habs Inside/Out) After what's proven to be a VERY long summer and pre-season, the puck FINALLY drops for real tonight, and the highlight of the night is certain to be the match-up between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs at the ACC, slated to air on the return of Hockey Night in Canada tonight in primetime! Can you wait? I'm on the edge of my seat at work, fidgeting and constantly distracted. It's going to be a long few hours until the game starts!Nevertheless, there is still a lot to talk about until 7PM tonight. Both the Habs and Leafs have an all-new look. The leafs enter the fray tonight with the Monster sitting on the bench, just itching for Toskala to lose...

... Well the Jerkstore called, they're running out of Sergeis! UPDATED 2PM: Bob Gainey Comments

Sorry for the double post but I think this is important enough of a story.... Sergei Kostitsyn, brother of Andrei and a player who was once a highly touted prospect for the Habs, has apparently gone AWOL, according to Habs Inside/Out. Bob Gainey will address the matter from Teen Ranch in Ontario, where the team is staying until tomorrow's game, but according to Renaud Lavois at RDS, Kostitsyn has let the team know through his agent, the notorious Don Meehan, that he will be asking for a trade and that he won't be reporting to the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp in Scotland (don't ask...) He has been suspended by the team and it is unknown at this time what else Bob Gainey and his s...