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Singing the Halakian Blues

In his return game to the Bell Centre in Montreal Jaroslav Halak recorded the 18th shutout of  his career. It was a game where the bigger, speedy St. Louis Blues shut down the diminutive Habs. Clearly the better team showed up and took the game. Halak did not have to be spectacular just ready to play. The Habs did not go to the net or have any puck possession. 

The line of Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta was on the ice for two of the three goals scored by the Blues and quite frankly appeared to be disinterested throughout the game. The first two goals were scored on the only two times in the game Michael Cammalleri went to the net and played observer wh...

Montreal's Great Dane

Expectations have been sky high for Lars Eller ever since he came to Montreal along with Ian Schultz in return for netminder Jaroslav Halak. It's hard to say that those expectations are unreasonable, given the remarkable playoff performance of Halak during the 2010 NHL Playoffs, which saw the Canadiens go on an incredible run to the Eastern Conference Finals after knocking off the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. That being said, up until this point, Lars Eller has shown great strides in his development, and is quickly making people forget about the doubts they had when the trade was first announced.

 

Two in a Row - really!

There was a ceremonial face off in the Bell Centre featuring Yvan Cournoyer, Paul Henderson and Vladislav Tretiak. Very nice ovation for the two hall of famers and one that possibly should be in the hallowed halls. The scratches for this game were Yannick Weber and Peteri Nokelainen.

The The much anticipated follow up game to the Eller game started off slowly for the Habs. The Lightning scored the dreaded first goal by Vincent Lecavalier with assists by Eric Brewer and Dominic Moore. The Habs did not have any shots until approximately the six minute mark. After scoring the first goal, the Lightning went into their defensive shell.

The second period started with a lot of energy...

A Little Bit Of French Goes A Long Way

First Win Of 2012

Winnipeg Jets 3 Montreal Canadiens 7

It has been one of the weirdest weeks for the Montreal Canadiens.  First, Pierre Gauthier apologizes for hiring an English-only speaking coach in his state of the union address.  Geoff Molson would go on to agree with Gauthier's statements.  Then, Randy Cunneyworth vows to learn French.  P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec get into it at practice.  Josh Gorges signs an extension.  

Then the team goes out and scores seven goals for the first time in almost a year.  Cunneyworth gets his first home win.  I guess saying the past few days have been weird is an understatement, but maybe weir...

Game Day : Jets @ Habs

The Winnipeg Jets are in town tonight to face off against the Habs in Montreal's first game of the new year.  While 2011 will forever be remembered by the Jets, the Habs are ready to forget it and move on.  New year, new start, new hope.  Let's take a look at the match up.

Finishing the year up with success, the Jets went 6-3-1 in their last ten games and are on a 3 game winning streak heading into tonight's game.  Included in those wins was a a game against the Habs where the Jets shut out Montreal 4-0.  Forwards Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane are paving the way for some of the youth to shine in Winnipeg, Wheeler and Kane combine for 57 points o...

Habs Links Checks: January 2, 2012

The Montreal Canadiens are in thirteenth place with 35 points.  After 39 games played the Habs are eight points out of a playoff spot.

The Checking Line:

George Prax discusses the contract handed out to Josh Gorges.

The Media:

The Canadian Press is on top of the fisticuffs at practice.

And TSN has the video evidence.

The Associated Press on the apology by the Habs for hiring a non-french coach.

TSN at the presser for the state of the union by general manager Pierre Gauthier.

Eyes On The Prize with the rumors of Claude Loiselle readying to be the next general manager.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette wants the best players to be ...

Canadiens Sign Josh Gorges To Six-Year Contract Extension

 

Josh Gorges' belated Christmas gift finally arrived on New Year's day, as the Canadiens' defenseman signed a six-year contract extension.

The deal will pay the Kelowna, British Columbia native $23.4 million, or an average of $3.9 million a year through the 2017-18 season. Gorges signs this deal after somewhat of a controversy over the summer, after Gorges and his agent, Kevin Epp, filed for arbitration only to sign a one-year deal worth $2.5 million mere days before the hearing.

While considered fair and deserved, Gorges' $2.5M salary was a significant increase over his $1.1M cap hit from his prior 3-ye...

New Years Eve Tradition - Habs Lose Again

New Years Eve tradition continues for Les former Glorieux. For as long as I can remember the Habs have played a game on New Years Eve. Up until a few years ago the Habs played the Flames in Calgary. Lately they have been on a southern swing during the week between Christmas and New Years ending in Sunrise Florida. This one had some promise as the only former Habs goalie that does not play like the reincarnation of Georges Vezina was starting in nets for the Panthers - Jose (Three-or-more) Theodore. 

The first period started off okay for the Habs, scoring the first goal of the game. On a shot from Travis Moen on a pass from Lars Eller and Tomas Kaberle just over five and a half ...

Game Day: Canadiens @ Panthers

The Montreal Canadiens finish up a six-game road trip in Sunrise, Florida tonight as they face the Panthers in the BankAtlantic Center. This road-trip has been a miserable one for the Canadiens, as they have dropped four out of five games so far. Tonight they will try to end 2011 with a win, something that hasn't come easy to them this season.

 

In seasons past, this game might be an easy win for the Canadiens, but not this year. This year, the Canadiens (14-17-7) have been around the bottom of the Eastern Conference for the majority of the season. Meanw...

Habs Link Check: December 30, 2011

The Montreal Canadiens sit in thirteenth place after last night's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  After 38 games played the Habs have 35 points.

The Checking Line:

Czechtacular with thoughts from last night's loss.

The Media:

Marinaro's thoughts on TSN.

John Bartlett discuss the evolution into Cunneyworth's team.

Pierre Lebrun and Scott Burnside remind people of the Heritage Classic.

Adrian Dater and CNNSI talk about their Patrick Roy predictions for 2012.

The Score on P.K. Subban.

CBS Sports has a poll on which mid season hiring is the best one.

Scotty Bowman receives the Order of Canada.

Dave Stubbs...