May 23rd, 2017 | By

I don’t think there’s a shred of doubt in almost anyone’s mind that Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin is going to make some significant changes to the Canadiens between now and the first week of July. Part of it will be forced on him by what he loses in the expansion draft but the majority

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May 11th, 2017 | By

Is there anyone, anywhere who isn’t convinced that whatever ails the Canadiens starts and ends with the middle of their first line. The most casual of fan knows it.  Definitely general manager Marc Bergevin is acutely aware of the issue.  The question for Bergevin is how to execute some kind of deal that will solve

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GAME OVER – RANGERS IN SIX – New York-3 Canadiens-1 (April 22, 2017)

Apr 23rd, 2017 | By

And so it ends. After winning two in a row to take a 2-1 series lead, the Canadiens dropped the next three and they’re gone from the playoffs yet again.  That’s 24 years since that 1993 Stanley Cup win. Like every game in the series, this one was decided by a break here or there

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AGAINST THE WALL – NY Rangers-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) April 20, 2017

Apr 20th, 2017 | By

We’ve seen it so many times, especially with the most recent versions of the Canadiens. Their work ethic gets them a lead but their offense can’t get them the needed extra one that will get them over the hump.  As a result the sit back, protecting the one-goal advantagel and the opposition comes back on

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ALL EVEN AT TWO – NY Rangers-2 Canadiens-1 (April 18, 2017)

Apr 19th, 2017 | By

You didn’t think the Rangers were going to out of this series with a whimper did you? Home ice hasn’t been a friend to the Rangers for much of this season but they finally used it to full advantage in the 2-1 win over the Canadiens Tuesday night.  And now the Eastern Quarterfinal series is

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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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