Canadiens

NIEMI LAYS A GOOSE EGG – Canadiens-3 Buffalo-0 (March 23, 2018)

Mar 23rd, 2018 | By

This was a pressure game. Niemi was protecting a 1-0 lead right up to the final two minutes of the game. He has some really big moments. He stopped four shots while the Canadiens were two men short early in the third period. But, to me his best work was late in the second period when the Canadiens got themselves hemmed in and Niemi had to come up with three terrific stops, twice by Sam Reinhart and then on Brendan Guhle. Game saving work.



ROAD KILL – Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-3 (March 21, 2018)

Mar 22nd, 2018 | By

Should we be surprised the way this game unfolded?

With the Penguins playing their second game in 24 hours with travel between and the Canadiens simply trying to end their mess of a season as soon as possible, we got a predictably uneven game that featured two unsuccessful penalty shots, a failed coaching challenge, a shorthanded goal, a blown 2-0 Pittsurgh lead, a linesman who had to leave the game after suffering a deep cut to his hand,



SHOOTING BLANKS – Florida-2 Canadiens-0 (March 19, 2018)

Mar 19th, 2018 | By

Halfway through the game the only question was, not whether the Canadiens would beat the Florida Panthers but whether they would score a goal. The answer to that was “no”. Again. They were shut out for the third straight time by Florida . It was also the twelfth time this season which is most in the league. Combine that with the 13 games in which they scored just one goal and you’re looking at one third of the season in which the offense has done next to nothing.



OVERMATCHED – Toronto-4 Canadiens-0 (March 17, 2018)

Mar 17th, 2018 | By

Not that it was unexpected.

What we got in Toronto Saturday night was a fairly good effort from the Canadiens that, with the lineup they put on the ice, was able to accomplish nothing.

The Canadiens actually had a good first period but in the second period it was all Toronto speed and skill. They were outshot 26-9, gave up 18 high-danger scoring chances while creating only two of their own. That Toronto only got two goals is a credit to only Charlie Lindgren. Without his work, this game could have legimately finished upwards of 8-0. I



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.



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