GALCHENYUK IN THE CROSS HAIRS – Detroit-2 Canadiens-1 (Overtime) March 21, 2017

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By

The Canadiens came from behind again in the third period and got a very important point against Detroit when, at the same time the Ottawa Senators were edging the Bruins in Boston . That should be the story but, overriding that big “loser” point is the continued argument over Alex Galchenyuk’s future role with the

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FULL COURT PRESS – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-1 (March 19, 2017)

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

There are about a dozen places we could begin after the 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, a win that put some distance between first and second in the Atlantic Division. Top to bottom the Canadiens were solid at both ends of the ice, but most notably in the neutral zone where the Senators game

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ANOTHER COMEBACK – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-3 (Shootout) March 18, 2017

Mar 19th, 2017 | By

In this decade’s version of the NHL, trailing a game heading into the third period is almost a sure path to defeat. Apparently the Canadiens haven’t read the memo. They scored two goals on their first three third period shots to take a lead, gave up a late goal and then won in a shootout

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NO REWARD – Chicago-4 Canadiens-2 (March 14, 2017)

Mar 15th, 2017 | By

At least they weren’t shut out. Close.  But the Canadiens saved themselves from the indignity of being shutout for the seventh time in their last seventeen games by a goal from Paul Byron with just under eight minutes left and then Shea Weber prevented the Canadiens from being held to one goal or fewer for

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A TIMELY COMEBACK -Canadiens-4 Edmonton-1 (March 12, 2017)

Mar 12th, 2017 | By

Give them credit. The Canadiens stuck with it through a tough slog in Edmonton and were rewarded in the end for a long frustrating night. The Canadiens finally scored on their 37th shot on goal and again on their 38th just over a minute later and then popped in two empty net goals to win

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THE WESTERN DEAD ZONE – Calgary-5 Canadiens-0 (March 9, 2017)

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

Western Canada has traditionally become the place where Canadiens teams have gone to die. The only thing missing from the Canadiens brutal performance in Calgary were the last rites. They were that bad. Not that we should be surprised. In the millennium, the Canadiens have posted an awful record in the Canadian West. THE DEAD

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PERFECT TIMING – Canadiens-2 Vancouver -1 (March 7, 2017)

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

Six in a row! Ask twenty people you might get twenty different opinions as to why the Canadiens are a much different looking hockey team than they were three weeks ago. But very high on every list will be Claude Julien’s name. His system was again very much in evidence in Vancouver Tuesday night. Timing

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PHYSICAL DOMINATION – Canadiens-4 NY Rangers-1 (Mar. 4, 2017)

Mar 5th, 2017 | By

For a team that reportedly didn’t do an awful lot of consequence up to and including the trade deadline, the Canadiens somehow have managed to undergo a personality transplant. What we saw Saturday night at Madison Square Garden wasn’t the same old, same old December-January version of the hockey club. Let’s start with this. When is

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THEY’LL TAKE THE TWO POINTS – Canadiens-2 Nashville-1 (March 2nd, 2017)

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By

Once again the adage proves out. If you have the goaltending it’s possible to commit hockey highway robbery. The Canadiens got the goaltending and survived a dreadful on ice performance with two goals from totally unexpected sources in a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Before we go to deep into how badly the Canadiens

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MEN AT WORK – Canadiens-1 Columbus-0 (Overtime) (Feb. 28, 2017)

Mar 1st, 2017 | By

There are 1-0 hockey games and there are 1-0 hockey games. Some are crashing bores, like the snoozer played against Edmonton at the Bell Centre a couple of Sunday’s ago. And then there are 1-0 games like the game played against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night. This game was edge-of-your-seat stuff. The Canadiens were

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