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THIRTY FOR GALLAGHER – Canadiens-4 Detroit-2 (March 26, 2018)

Mar 27th, 2018 | By

Brendan Gallagher knows only one way to play hockey. He does it game-in and game-out with such consistency and excellence that people like me tend to take him for granted. Because his compete level is so high every game, his games often become a footnote, quite often on this site included written in the ‘Also Worth Mentioning’ segment if mentioned at all.   A good Gallagher game is just something we have come to expect as a matter of course.  A bad game, or a bad shift for that matter would be remarkable.



PREVIEW GAME #77 – Detroit @ Canadiens (March 26/2018)

Mar 26th, 2018 | By

Third of four meetings – @Detroit Nov. 30th Canadiens-6 Detroit-3. Jimmy Howard allows 6 goals on 25 shots. Gallagher 2g, 1a; Pacioretty 1g, 1a; Petry & Danault 0g, 2a, @Bell Centre Dec. 3rd – Canadiens-10 Detroit-1. Paul Byron 3 goals, Alex Galchenyuk 4 assists; Deslauriers, Carr and de la Rose 1g, 2a each. Mrazek 5 goals against on 25 shots; Jimmy Howard 5 on 9 shots.

….In the month of March the Wings are 1-9-2 while the Canadiens are 3-8-2.

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 7-0-2 vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens were 2-2 in the four overtime games.



GOALTENDING ISSUES – Washington-6 Canadiens-4 (March 24, 2018)

Mar 25th, 2018 | By

Anyone with an ounce of hockey sense the Canadiens have a big problem at the centre ice position. We’ve known that since training camp.

But what about goaltending?

Carey Price let in four goals on 14 shots to start the game against the Washington Capitals en route to that ugly 6-4 loss at the Bell Centre. In his 45 starts this season he’s given up four or more goals 17 times including 8 times whe hit’s been five or more.



PREVIEW GAME #76 Washington @ Canadiens (March 24/2018)

Mar 24th, 2018 | By

.Third of three meetings this season. @ Washington Oct. 7th – Capitals-6 Canadiens-1. Ovechkin with 4 goals including three in first period. Price allows 4 on 14 shots. Montoya finished the game. @Washington Jan. 19th – Canadiens-3 Washington-2. Antti Niemi’s first win for Canadiens. Pacioretty two goals plus Byron.

….The last time the teams met at the Bell Centre was Super Bowl weekend Feb. 4th 2017, a 3-2 Canadiens loss. Price gave up 3 on 30 shots .

….Washington has earned at least a point in 14 consecutive games at the Bell Centre (12-0-2). They last loss in regulation time the Bell Centre was Jan. 10th 2009. Overall they have registered a point in 24 of their last 28 games (19-5-4).



NIEMI LAYS A GOOSE EGG – Canadiens-3 Buffalo-0 (March 23, 2018)

Mar 23rd, 2018 | By

This was a pressure game. Niemi was protecting a 1-0 lead right up to the final two minutes of the game. He has some really big moments. He stopped four shots while the Canadiens were two men short early in the third period. But, to me his best work was late in the second period when the Canadiens got themselves hemmed in and Niemi had to come up with three terrific stops, twice by Sam Reinhart and then on Brendan Guhle. Game saving work.



PREVIEW GAME #75 Canadiens @ Buffalo (March 23/2018)

Mar 23rd, 2018 | By

Final of four meetings – Canadiens 3-0-0. @Buffalo Oct.5th (season opener) Canadiens-3 Buffalo-2 (shootout) Pacioretty, Danault & Drouin (shootout winner). Pominville 2 goals. @Bell Centre Nov. 11th Canadiens-2 Buffalo-1 (overtime). Shaw & Pacioretty (overtime winner). O’Reilly for Buffalo. @Bell Centre Nov. 25th Canadiens-3 Buffalo-0. Carey Price’s only shutout win of season 36 saves. Petry, Galchenyuk and Byron (SHG).

….This is the first of back-to-back games for both teams. The Canadiens face Washington at the Bell Centre Saturday night; Buffalo will play at the Rangers Saturday.

….Since Dec. 232nd the Sabres have had a better record than the Canadiens – Buffalo winning 14 of 37 games for 33 points; the Canadiens 10 of 39 for 28 points.



ROAD KILL – Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-3 (March 21, 2018)

Mar 22nd, 2018 | By

Should we be surprised the way this game unfolded?

With the Penguins playing their second game in 24 hours with travel between and the Canadiens simply trying to end their mess of a season as soon as possible, we got a predictably uneven game that featured two unsuccessful penalty shots, a failed coaching challenge, a shorthanded goal, a blown 2-0 Pittsurgh lead, a linesman who had to leave the game after suffering a deep cut to his hand,



PREVIEW GAME #74 – Canadiens @ Pittsburgh (March 21/2018)

Mar 21st, 2018 | By

This is the second meeting in a span of three over a sixteen days. @Bell Centre March 15th Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-3. Hornqvist 2 goals, 1 assist. Lehkonen, Byron, Deslauriers for the Canadiens. Niemi allows 4 goals on 38 shots.

….The last time the teams met in Pittsburgh was Dec. 31, 2016; a 4-3 Canadiens loss in overtime. Conor Sheary scored with 55 seconds remaining to tie the game. Malkin scored in overtime. Fleury allowed 3 goals on 40 shots; Price 4 goals on 41.Radulov, Byron & Flynn scored for the Canadiens.

….This the second time the Canadiens are catching the Penguins on the second half of back-to-back games. They had played (and lost in overtime to @ Rangers) the night before they defeated the Canadiens March 15th at the Bell Centre. Tuesday night they lost 4-1 to the Islanders @ Brooklyn.



SHOOTING BLANKS – Florida-2 Canadiens-0 (March 19, 2018)

Mar 19th, 2018 | By

Halfway through the game the only question was, not whether the Canadiens would beat the Florida Panthers but whether they would score a goal. The answer to that was “no”. Again. They were shut out for the third straight time by Florida . It was also the twelfth time this season which is most in the league. Combine that with the 13 games in which they scored just one goal and you’re looking at one third of the season in which the offense has done next to nothing.



PREVIEW GAME #74 Florida @ Canadiens (March 19/2018)

Mar 19th, 2018 | By

Fourth of four meetings – Canadiens are 1-2-0. @Bell Centre Oct. 23rd Canadiens-5 Florida-1. Weber 2 goals, Gallagher 1 g, 1a; Reimer vs. Price. @Florida Dec. 30th Florida-2 Canadiens-0. Reimer -38save shutout. vs. Price. Brickley & Trocheck scored. @ Florida March 8th – Florida-5 Canadiens-0. Luongo 40-save shutout. Lindgren 5GA on 32 shots. Yandle- 3 assists, Dadonov and Barkov 2 assists.

….After winning the first meeting in October, the Canadiens have now been shutout twice in a row vs. Florida (Reimer and Luongo). Overall the Canadiens have won four of the last six meetings. Prior to that they had lost five in a row.

….Florida goaltending and defense has shutout out the Canadiens 129.54 dating back to a third period goal scored by Max Pacioretty October 23rd at the Bell Centre. Over their last two shutouts, the Panthers goaltending has stopped 78 consecutive Canadiens shots.



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