Canadiens Game Story

ROAD PERFECTION – Game Three – Canadien-3 Rangers-1 (April 16, 2017)

Apr 17th, 2017 | By

There was a time when teams had as much anxiety playing at Madison Square Garden as they did at the Montreal Forum or the Bell Centre. Those days in New York seem to have disappeared, some say with the renovation of the arena in 2014.   That’s one of the reasons given.  Others, who have much

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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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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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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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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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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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THE CLINCHER – Canadiens-4 Florida-1 (April 3, 2017)

Apr 4th, 2017 | By

The saying goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Actually the Canadiens start to their season wasn’t the problem, it was those middle three months that their fans on edge and cost the head coach his job. Now the Canadiens are finishing the season in the same fashion as their early 16-4-2

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IN A PLAYOFF FRAME OF MIND – Canadiens-2 Tampa Bay-1 (Overtime) April 1, 2017

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By

In today’s parity-driven NHL, the playoffs actually begin sometime around the beginning of March. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, by the 60th game of the season there are maybe three or four teams that are really comfortable with their position in the standings, the rest are in a struggle simply to

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IN THE SHOW! Canadiens-6 Florida-2 (March 30, 2017)

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

Playoff bound! It’s every team’s  first goal  when they start the long season in October. The Canadiens clinched their berth in the Stanley Cup show with five games remaining in their season. Who would have predicted that six weeks ago? Think about the state of the Canadiens in mid February. The team was struggling. They

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BALANCED EFFORT – Canadiens-4 Dallas-1 (March 28, 2017)

Mar 29th, 2017 | By

The 4-1 win over Dallas had more than a few story lines. Alexander Radulov and Max Pacioretty ended scoring slumps. So did Brendan Gallagher. Three different lines contributed to the scoring and Andrei Markov reached career milestone and was rewarded by the crowd. But, ultimately it was a familiar story.  The game was decided once

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