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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 ...

No Goals Means No Win

Gomez has not scored in a year, Ovechkin coming off suspension and pout. Hopefully Ovi is still in pouting mode and Gomez scores (even if open net - not proud - beggars cannot be choosers.) The healthy scratches for this afternoons game were Blunden and Weber. which means Campoli playing as 7th defenseman/12th forward. The goalies Vokoun and Budaj. Budaj playing his 250th game of his career.

First period started with a good scoring chance for the Habs and a lot of energy on both sides. Good scoring chances for bith sides. Good flow to the game. Dimitri Orlov stopped a shot from Gorges with his face about halfway through the period. Dennis Wideman shot a knucklepuck off a faceoff won...

Game Day: Capitals @ Canadiens

The Washington Capitals are in Montreal on Saturday for an early match-up against the struggling Montreal Canadiens. These two teams, while both out of a playoff position, are now in completely different situations. The Capitals, just two points out of a playoff spot, will be looking to avoid the unthinkable; missing the playoffs with a roster largely similar to the one they iced a year ago, when they finished first in the East. The Canadiens on the other hand, tied for last in the conference, are probably just waiting for this awful year to end.

 

The bad n...

A Little Emotion Too Late

Montreal Canadiens 3 New Jersey Devils 5

The Swamp Eats Up The Habs 

The Montreal Canadiens blew a two goal lead.  The Habs blew a lead going into the third period.  The Habs lost their fifth game after leading by two.  The Habs gave up four unanswered goals.  The Habs lost.  After yesterday's devastating set back to the New Jersey Devils the team sits in fourteenth place in the conference.  Truth be told, they sit in last place.

The first ten minutes of the game set the tone for what us to be an ultimate collapse.  The team got off to a great start with David Desharnais and Andrei Kostitsyn beating Martin Brodeur.  It see...

Time For the Habs To Part Ways With Hal Gill

 

When the Montreal Canadiens signed Hal Gill three years ago, everyone was wondering where the defenseman would fit into the line-up. He was big, he was slow, and he came into the organization at a time where it seemed as if the Habs had good depth on the back-end. Needless to say, the reaction wasn't entirely positive.

But over the course of the next two seasons, Gill would go on to prove everyone wrong. The road was often rocky, but the aging defenseman would often be a force to be reckoned with on the Canadiens' blue line, and definitely proved to be a valuable member of this team in more ways than one. While scoring goals a...