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HOME ICE!! Canadiens-4 Dallas-2 (March 13, 2018)

Mar 14th, 2018 | By

Everything was on Dallas’ side going into Tuesday night’s game at the Bell Centre. While the Canadiens were self-destructing in Columbus Monday night the Stars were presumably sitting in their Montreal hotel rooms resting up for their Tuesday meeting at the Bell Centre.   The Canadiens didn’t arrive back in the city until the wee-small hours Tuesday and 17 hours later they were taking the ice against a team that is in a struggle to hang on to a playoff berth in the heated up Western Conference.   It was the stars that weren’t ready. 



COMING UP SHORT – Tampa Bay-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout) March 10, 2018

Mar 10th, 2018 | By

What we were dealing with Saturday night in Tampa was the 27th place team in the NHL against the league’s best team. The Canadiens playing David in the home of the Lightning’s Goliath.

Thanks to an exquisite Claude Julien game plan executed almost perfectly by a depleted Canadiens lineup it turned out to be a terrific bit of entertainment at the back end of a season to be forgotten.



GALCHENYUK EXPLODES – Canadiens-6 NY Islanders-3 (March 2, 2018)

Mar 2nd, 2018 | By

There are historical reasons to fear teams that have nothing to lose.

The New York Islanders took to the ice Wednesday at the Bell Centre thinking they still had a chance of earning a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. After 120 minutes of hockey against the Canadiens their post-season hopes are all-but gone.



REDEMPTION – Canadiens-3 NY Islanders-1 (Feb. 28, 2018)

Feb 28th, 2018 | By

In this season of negatives, at least we have the Antti Niemi to feel good about. Unless of course you’re one of those cold-hearted individuals who think Niemi is ruining the Canadiens tank job.

Niemi came to the Canadiens with his reputation in tatters and proceeded, with the help of goaltender coach Stephane Waite, resurrect himself. Niemi was the first star in the Canadiens 3-1 win over the Islanders Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.



HOMERS – Philadelphia-1 Canadiens-0 (shootout) Feb. 26, 2018

Feb 27th, 2018 | By

There was nothing in trade-deadline day that will change the conversation surrounding Canadiens management.

It is impossible to ascertain exactly what Marc Bergevin is trying to accomplish. He has completely uprooted the team he took over in 2012. With the Tomas Plekanec departure, the only players remaining from the Pierre Gauthier era are Carey Price and Max Pacioretty; and we can only guess that’s going to happen to Pacioretty in the spring.  

Bergevin’s stated goal was to maintain or improve team-speed and bring in character players who “would not get the Canadiens to the playoffs but get them through them.”



OFFENSE RULES – Tampa Bay-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout) Feb. 24, 2018

Feb 25th, 2018 | By

A game like this one makes one yearn for the days before NHLcoaches sucked the life out the offensive side of hockey.

According to naturalstattrick.com the Canadiens/Lightning game produced 75 scoring chances; 34 of them rated as high-danger chances. As one could reasonable expect, Tampa Bay had a considerable lead in both categories. But, playing without their superstar goaltender, their All-Star defenseman and their senior forward, they managed to push the Lightning into overtime and then the shootout, simply because their work ethic overcame Tampa talent.



TRADE DEADLINE BLUES – Canadiens-3 NY Rangers-1 (Feb. 22, 2018)

Feb 22nd, 2018 | By

If you’re a member of one of those teams that is clearly a ‘seller’ at the trade deadline this is the worst time of the year. And it shows especially in road games. The Canadiens were dreadful in losing all four games in their recent road trip and Thursday night at the Bell Centre the collective mind of the New York Rangers was more concerned about Monday at 3.00pm than what they had to do against the Canadiens.



CAUGHT SHORT AGAIN – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Feb. 20, 2018

Feb 20th, 2018 | By

Carey Price gave the Canadiens a rare good night. The Canadiens held a lead going into the final two minutes of the game and they lost. How familiar is that story?

Price kept the game close but never was there a sense that the Canadiens were ever off the brink simply because the talent gulf between the Canadiens and the Flyers was too vast to ever give any comfort level.



SELF-DESTRUCTION – Vegas-6 Canadiens-3 (Feb. 17, 2018

Feb 18th, 2018 | By

When whatever is left of the Canadiens brain trust gets together to do the post mortem on this catastrophic season, one topic of conversation will be the Canadiens lack of mental toughness.

They demonstrate it in so many areas starting with their record on the road this season.  They will talk about the fact that, outside of a few individuals they have little desire to go into the dirty areas for the puck.  And at Las Vegas Saturday another one of those nagging issues resurfaced.   



ROCK BOTTOM – Arizona-5 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 15, 2018)

Feb 16th, 2018 | By

There are two kinds of “statement games”.   One of them involves a couple of credible teams trying to prove who is king-of-the-hill, at least in the moment.  The other is to avoid being dubbed the worst of the worst.  The game at Glendale Arizona Thursday night was the latter and the Canadiens didn’t come out of it looking very good.  

The Canadiens went into Arizona with one win in their last ten road games and ranking 26th in the league. to the Coyotes 31st.   



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