Canadiens Game Story

FAILED TO COMPETE – Pittsburgh-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 18/2017)

Jan 18th, 2017 | By

Michel Therrien had it right in his very brief post game news conference when he said, “If you want to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions you have to compete. We didn’t compete tonight.” He might have added, if you want to win against any NHL team you have to shoot the puck. For the

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DEPLORABLE EFFORT – Detroit-1 Canadiens-0 (Jan. 16, 2017)

Jan 16th, 2017 | By

What a dreadful piece of work that turned out to be! Somebody in one dressing room or the other might come up with a reason for the horrible show they put on for the fans Monday afternoon in Detroit, but ultimately there is nothing to excuse the execrable effort on the part of both teams.

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COME FROM BEHIND – Canadiens-5 NY Rangers-4 (Jan. 14, 2017)

Jan 15th, 2017 | By

To call the game “interesting” would be an understatement. The Canadiens edged the Rangers 5-4 in a game dominated by, for better or worse,  the judgment of the game officials, an inauspicious return to the lineup from Andrew Shaw, another messy outing from the Canadiens special teams and three Canadiens goals in 62 third period

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ANOTHER ONE TO FORGET – Minnesota-7 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 12, 2017)

Jan 12th, 2017 | By

This is one of those games that, like that 10-0 mess in Columbus, you put behind you and move on. There are all kinds of factors that led to a 7-1 final score. The Canadiens are loaded with injuries. There’s also a flu bug floating around their dressing room. The Minnesota Wild benefited from terrific

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NOT LAST YEAR’S CANADIENS – Montreal-7 Winnipeg-4 (Jan. 11, 2017)

Jan 12th, 2017 | By

If you will, think back almost a year. The Canadiens already had lost Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher and they were down and on their way out of playoff contention as more injuries started to pile up. The Canadiens morale had reached depths I hadn’t seen in decades. Now forward to a year. The Canadiens

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OUTMANNED – Washington-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 9, 2017)

Jan 10th, 2017 | By

Did anyone expect a different result? Really? The Washington Capitals came into Montreal having played the same eighteen basic skaters for their season’t first thirty-nine games. The Canadiens had seven players sitting the game out with injuries, six of them regulars. There was a time when you could beat the Capitals by taking advantage of

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THE KIDS STEP UP – Canadiens-5 Toronto-3 (Jan. 7, 2017)

Jan 7th, 2017 | By

There’s strong feeling out there that Sylvain Lefebvre should lose his job as head coach of the Canadiens American Hockey League St. John’s affiliate.  There are few coaches on any level who have gone four straight years without making the playoffs and is on track to make it five in a row this season who

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ROAD WEARY, BUT WINNING Canadiens-4 Dallas-3 (Overtime) Jan. 4, 2017

Jan 5th, 2017 | By

They don’t quit do they? The Canadiens had every possible excuse to take a pass in Dallas, especially after they were dominated for thirty minutes and coughed up a hard earned 1-0 lead by the end of the second period. At that point they looked very much like a team that was not only playing

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DETERMINATION REWARDED – Canadiens-2 Nashville-1 (Overtime) Jan. 3, 2017

Jan 4th, 2017 | By

It all comes down to leadership. That’s what Marc Bergevin keeps repeating. Seems to me this road trip has been all about leadership and a absolute refusal to give in. The Canadiens left on their seven game road trip without their number one and number three centres and probably their best bet as a backup

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BENT BUT NOT BROKEN – Pittsburgh-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime) Dec. 31st, 2016

Dec 31st, 2016 | By

I suppose if the Canadiens were street people they would be arrested for loitering. Seriously undermanned against the defending Stanley Cup champions on Pittsburgh ice, the Canadiens hung around and hung around, took the lead in the third period after trailing 2-1, killed off a terribly-timed offensive zone holding penalty late in regulation time but

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