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HIGH ANXIETY – Canadiens Come Back To Win 4-3 in Overtime – Game Two – April 14, 2017

Apr 15th, 2017 | By

For two periods the Canadiens were their own worst enemy Friday night against the New York Rangers. The Canadiens blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads and the Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the third period. All three of the goals were the result of defensive blunders, two by Nathan Beaulieu and then on the go-ahead

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PREVIEW GAME #2 EASTERN QUARTERFINAL – NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 14/2017)

Apr 13th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens have won only one of their last 6 home playoff games. In those games they have scored six goals while giving up 15.

….The Canadiens are in danger of being swept in the opening two games of a series at home for the third consecutive time – (Tampa won the opening two games at the Bell Centre 6-2 & 2-1 in 2015 Eastern Semi-Final and the Rangers in 2014 Eastern Final 7-2 & 3-1)

….Since Feb. 4th, including the opening playoff game the Canadiens are 6-8-2 at home. In that stretch they have been outscored 35-31. In nine of those games they were held to two goals or fewer.

GOALTENDING REIGNS IN OPENER – NY Rangers-2 Canadiens-0 (April 12, 2017)

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

You can take this to the bank. Unless the hockey gods decide to totally abandon the Canadiens, the series with the New York Rangers is going to be a long one, Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist will ensure that. The Rangers got the first period lead despite being outplayed and outshot 16-5. Playing with the

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EAST QUARTER-FINAL #1 – NY Rangers @ Canadiens (April 12/2017)

Apr 11th, 2017 | By

.Starting in 1930 the Canadiens have played the Rangers 15 times – for New York, the most of any opponent. The Rangers have an 8-7 edge in series.

….Since the Original-12 in 1967-68 they have played each other seven times during which the Rangers have won four of seven including the last two – 1996 & 2014.

….In 2014, the Canadiens pushed the Rangers to six games before losing to them. Dustin Tokarski was in goal for the final five games after Carey Price was injured in the well-documented second period collision with Chris Kreider. The Rangers won the deciding 6th game 1-0. (Tokarski spent the 2016-17 season at AHL-San Diego in the Anaheim Ducks system).

….In 2014 the Rangers outscored the Canadiens 20-16. In their four losses the Rangers outscored the Canadiens 14-5 – the Canadiens were shutout once, scored a single goal once and two goals in the other two games.

THE END OF A BUMPY ROAD – Game 82 – Canadiens-3 Detroit-2 (Overtime) April 8, 2017

Apr 9th, 2017 | By

For a meaningless 82nd game of the season the Canadiens and Red Wings put on a pretty good show Saturday night at the Joe Louis Arena. Coaches will probably pick apart the mistakes made by the raft of rookies and spare parts that populated especially the Canadiens lineup, but ultimately it’s the mistakes that can

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PREVIEW GAME #82 Canadiens @ Detroit (April 8/2017)

Apr 8th, 2017 | By

Six regulars did not make the trip to Detroit. Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov are being rested. Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin are injured.

….The Canadiens brought up defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from OHL-Windsor and will play. He will have #22. He is projected to play on the third pairing with Brett Lernout.

….Charlie Lindgren will be in goal. Al Montoya backup.

PLAYING IT LOOSE – Tampa Bay-4 Canadiens-2 (April 7, 2017)

Apr 8th, 2017 | By

Not that anyone in Montreal gives two hoots, I’m sure people in Toronto weren’t too happy with the makeshift defense that Claude Julien put on the ice against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night at the Bell Centre. The Lightning took full advantage of what they were given by a defense that was without Shea

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PREVIEW GAME #81 – Tampa Bay @ Canadiens (April 7/2017)

Apr 7th, 2017 | By

Lineup Changes –

….Defensemen Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin & Jordie Benn are out with injuries. Brett Lernout will be paired with Nathan Beaulieu; Nikita Nesterov with Andrei Markov and Jeff Petry with Brandon Davidson.

….Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn will be healthy scratches. The fourth line will be McCarron between Dwight King and Andreas Martinsen.

….Carey Price vs. Andrei Vasilevskij in goal.

THE BOYS NIGHT OFF – Buffalo-2 Canadiens-1 (April 5, 2017)

Apr 6th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens didn’t have their minds on the job Wednesday night in Buffalo. Not that you can blame them. There was absolutely nothing to be gained one way or the other by the final result of this game. I thought the work ethic was there. What was missing was the thoughtful playmaking and tight defense

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PREVIEW GAME #79 Canadiens @ Buffalo (April 5, 2017)

Apr 5th, 2017 | By

The last time the Canadiens played in Buffalo was the opening game of the season October 13th.

….The Canadiens have won seven of the last nine games in Buffalo and have at least a point in 14 of the last 17.

….The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last ten overall games vs. the Canadiens – 3-5-2 at home. The road team has won eight of the last 12 meetings in the Buffalo/Canadiens series.

….Since the Canadiens swept a four game series in 2013-14 the Canadiens are 5-4-2 overall vs. the Sabres. Four of the 11 games were decided in overtime and another in a shootout.

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