Canadiens Game Story

GAME #11 – Confidence Shaken – Dallas-4 Canadiens-1 (Oct. 30, 2018)

Oct 31st, 2018 | By

Admittedly it’s a low bar, but I think most would agree the this year’s version of the Canadiens is better than the 2017-2018 edition.

But there are still hangovers from last year’s team echoing around the Bell Centre and they came home to roost in Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars.

Familiar issues such as a lack of scoring touch, poor special team results, untimely and bad penalties and a fragile team psyche that lets down at inopportune moments.

GAME #10 – Price In The Zone – Canadiens-3 Boston-0 (Oct. 27, 2018)

Oct 28th, 2018 | By

Early on in this game as the Bruins were putting on their pressure you had the sense that Carey Price was in the zone. When he is at his best there is a well documented calmness to his net presence. At no time in the game was he out of control which is usually marked by desperate flopping around. He was consistently square to the Boston shooters.

GAME #9 – Listless In Buffalo – Sabres-4 Canadiens-3 (Oct. 26, 2018)

Oct 26th, 2018 | By

The high point of the Canadiens game in Buffalo Thursday night came in the second minute when Artturi Lehkonen stripping Marco Scandella of the puck and set up Max Domi for the first of his two goals.

The Canadiens survived the first period with their 1-0 lead. After that, although they managed to stay close on the scoreboard, the Sabres owned them by almost every metric.

GAME #8 – Closer Than It Should Have Been- Canadiens-3 Calgary-2 (Oct. 23, 2018)

Oct 24th, 2018 | By

It’s been Jekyll and Hyde with Jonathan Drouin this season. Fortunately we’re seeing signs that the good version is showing up more often than the one we saw in Ottawa Saturday night. The good version is creative and avoids his tendency to try to do to much on his own. He was all of those things in a two-point night including his third goal of the season.

GAME #7 – A Point The Hard Way – Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime) Oct. 20, 2018)

Oct 21st, 2018 | By

The Canadiens played their style game for maybe ten minutes. After that it got away from them and it cost them an overtime point.

Admittedly it could have been worse. And a road point is nothing to sneeze at in today’s NHL. Still, the result could have been better.

GAME #6 Gallagher Comes Through – Canadiens-3 St. Louis-2 (Oct. 18/2018)

Oct 18th, 2018 | By

Never discount Brendan Gallagher who is one of the league’s best whistle-to-whistle competitors. Julien had him on the ice for in the final 30 seconds of regulation time. Gallagher’s forecheck forced Colton Parayko to throw the puck blindly out from the corner. Gallagher hustled to the side of the net in time to chip Tomas Tatar’s intercepted shot over Jake Allen for the game winner with 9.7 seconds left. Goals in three straight games for Gallagher. Tatar now has seven points.

GAME #5 – Plekanec’s Night – Canadiens-7 Detroit-3 (Oct. 15. 2018)

Oct 16th, 2018 | By

What a night. One thousand games. Pro athletes will tell you it’s only a number to consider after a career is over. Plekanec didn’t play like it was “only a number”. He scored a goal. If he still had a shot he might have scored another one.

GAME #4 – Return to Form – Canadiens-4 Pittsburgh-3 (Overtime) Oct. 13, 2018

Oct 14th, 2018 | By

All four lines chipped in, but Danault/Gallagher/Tatar were outstanding.

Age old question; was there anyone thing you could point to that suddenly turned that line from the ineffective trio we saw against LA into tigers against the Penguins. It was clear Danault was on a mission starting with his first shift. Gallagher quickly got on board along with Tatar. Together Gallagher and Tatar produced 12 shots on goal; 6 apiece. Tatar scored two goals and added an assist, Gallagher a goal and assist.

GAME #3 – NO EXECUTION – Los Angeles-3 Canadiens-0 (Oct. 11, 2018)

Oct 12th, 2018 | By

In his postgame news conference Claude Julien said “We were not on top of our game and it showed.”

After that long pre-game ceremony, the Canadiens never got into the game, certainly not in the first five minutes where they found themselves down 2-0 against a veteran team that knows how to protect a lead.

GAME #2 Speed Wins Out Again – Canadiens-5 Pittsburgh-1 (Oct. 6/2018)

Oct 7th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens have always been noted for their speed. This version of the team has made teams that have their own speed look slow.

Team speed accounted for four of the five goals, two of them by the original speedster Paul Byron. But the early success is not only based on speed but quickness. Pittsburgh could find no solution for the way the Canadiens’ puck movement from their own end and through the neutral zone.

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