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GAME #43 – AWOL OFFENCE – Minnesota-1 Canadiens-0 (Jan. 7, 2019)

Jan 8th, 2019 | By

I suppose things might have been different if Shea Weber hadn’t taken that puck in the face six minutes into the game and missed the second and third periods. Except, considering the Canadiens record against Minnesota since December 2014, something was bound to keep the Wild’s nine game winning streak going against them. 1-0 was the final score Monday night. Over the nine game Canadiens losing streak the Canadiens have been outscored by Minnesota 36-10.

GAME #42 – HARD LESSON – Nashville-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 5, 2019)

Jan 6th, 2019 | By

Calling it a “statement game” had become something of a hockey cliché in recent years. Call Saturday night’s more of a “measurement game”. And the Canadiens didn’t measure up against the Nashville Predators.

Not that we should be surprised. The Canadiens, who are trying to establish themselves as a wild card team in the East were playing a team that is on the short list of Stanley Cup favourites.

GAME #41 – PRICE SHUTS DOOR – Canadiens-2 Vancouver-0 (Jan. 3, 2019)

Jan 4th, 2019 | By

We’ve been heading for a game like this from Carey Price for over a month. Thursday night he put it all together and posted a 2-0 win, the 42nd shutout of his career and his first since he shut out Boston in the Canadiens 10th game of the season October 27th.

Making is first start in eleven days, Price made it look easy which is the way he goes when his game is at it’s best. There were few rebounds, no second chances. He handled the puck well and he was always in the right spot to make a tough save look routine. Price stopped 33 shots, twelve of them on the Vancouver power play. Twenty-eight of the Vancouver shots came in the final 40 minutes.

GAME #40 – NIEMI BOUNCES BACK – Canadiens-3 Dallas-2 (Overtime) Dec. 31, 2018

Jan 1st, 2019 | By

As bad porous as Antti Niemi was Saturday night at Tampa, he was close to air tight in Dallas. Quite a comeback from what was surely a depressing and soul searching night for the Canadiens backup. Sixteen high danger scoring chances among the 47 shots he faced in the game. A rebound goal on a power play put the Stars ahead in the second period but it was one of the few rebounds that got away from Niemi in this game, a marked change from Saturday night in Tampa when he was a rebound factory. Niemi was clearly the difference maker in Dallas. He closes out the road trip with wins in two of his three consecutive starts.

GAME #39 – LAST SHOT WINS – Tampa Bay-6 Canadiens-5 (Dec. 29, 2018)

Dec 30th, 2018 | By

The only ones who hate games like the 6-5 Tampa win over the Canadiens Saturday night are coaches, goaltenders and the losing team.

It was a terrific piece of entertainment decided literally on the game’s 70th and final shot on goal which broke the 5-5 tie with just over a minute left.

GAME #38 – SHUTDOWN HOCKEY – Canadiens-5 Florida-3 (Dec. 28, 2018)

Dec 29th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers Friday night was their 11th win in 15 December games, a remarkable turnaround for a team that lost it’s last five November games and appeared as the month began to be fulfilling pre-season predictions of another losing season.

Their 20th win of the season moved the Canadiens ahead of the Bruins into the Eastern Conference’s first wild card berth. They are only two points behind third place Buffalo in the Atlantic Division.

GAME #37 – ROAD WARRIORS – Canadiens-4 Vegas-3 (Overtime) Dec. 22, 2018

Dec 23rd, 2018 | By

It was a terrific hockey game. A come-from-behind win against a Las Vegas team that hardly ever loses at home. The Canadiens came back three times before they won 4-3 in overtime.

The headliners were Phillip Danault who registered his first career hat trick and Paul Byron who won it in overtime.

GAME #36 – PRICE HITS HIS STRIDE – Canadiens-2 Arizona-1 (Dec. 20, 2018)

Dec 21st, 2018 | By

Carey Price had to work to get his 300th career NHL victory. The Canadiens were playing their third game in four nights with travel between and it showed. By the midway point of the first period their legs started to go. Arizona dominated the final 50 minutes of the game, but in turn, Price dominated the the Coyotes stopping 36 of 37 shots.

GAME #35 – REBOUND FALLS SHORT – Colorado-2 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 19, 2018)

Dec 20th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens were in desperate need of a transfusion in Denver 48 hours after Monday night’s dreadful performance against the Bruins. They rebounded nicely but it wasn’t enough to survive the NHL’s highest scoring forward line.

GAME #34 – AN INEXPLICABLE LACK OF EMOTION – Boston-4 Canadiens-0 (Dec. 17, 2018)

Dec 18th, 2018 | By

Everything seemed right for the Canadiens against the Bruins Monday night. The Bruins were dealing with injuries to key players. They were in a minor slump and they were playing their second game in twenty-four hours.

All the Canadiens had to do was show up. And they didn’t. They were a well-beaten 4-0 losers. And with their win, the Bruins were able to move a point ahead of the Canadiens in the wild card race.

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