Canadiens

PRESEASON #5 – Minor Leaguers In Abundance as Canadiens beat Toronto 5-1 (Sept. 24/2018)

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

Once again Claude Julien was careful about handling the 18 year old Kotkaniemi. For the fourth time he matched Jesperi Kotkaniemi up against American League calibre opposition, in this case Marlie-bound centres Colin Greening and Trevor Moore. Kotkaniemi had another good night which included an assist on Artturi Lehkonen’s first goal and, he was plus-three.  He was named the game’s third star.



PRESEASON #4 – All Eyes on Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Sept. 22/2018)

Sep 22nd, 2018 | By

Conventional wisdom stated that Canadiens third-overall draft pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi would be given a good look during training camp and then be handed a ticket back to Finland for a final year in the Finnish Liiga.  After all, the kid is barely 18.



PRESEASON #3 – Gallagher Leads Canadiens to 5-2 win at Quebec City (Sept. 20/2018)

Sep 21st, 2018 | By

We all know what Gallagher and Phillip Danault can bring to the party every night. What has been interesting is the way Tomas Tatar has fit into the scheme of things. Gallagher and Danault each had two points but it was Tatar who was rightfully named the game’s first star. 



EXHIBITION #2 Mike Reilly Leads Habs Defence in 5-2 Florida Loss (Sept. 19/2018)

Sep 20th, 2018 | By

The 5-2 loss was predictable. The Florida Panthers had a lineup that included most of their best stars and a lineup that included seven players with over 250 games NHL experience. The Canadiens countered with a rookie laden roster and only three with as much as 250 games in the league. Even so the Canadiens kept the game close until midway through the third period.



THE CANADIENS OFF-SEASON: ALL QUESTIONS. NO ANSWERS

Aug 24th, 2018 | By

In the three months since the Canadiens played their last game, almost every headline regarding the team, on either traditional or social media has ended in a question mark.

“Will Bergevin be fired?”. “Can they sign free agents?” “What is to become of Pacioretty?”. “Can a top centre be found?” What about the defense?” On and on it goes.

Today, we have few answers. If anything even more questions.



MERCIFULLY OVER – Toronto-4 Canadiens-2 (April 7, 2018)

Apr 8th, 2018 | By

That fiasco known as the 2017-2018 Canadiens season is over.

It was an awful ride, riven by injuries, poor management, underachievement and for fans, broken dreams.

The Canadiens finished with 71 points, 32 fewer than last season. It might have been somewhat better if the injuries hadn’t piled up in the final 40 games but right from training camp there was a feeling that this was a poorly constructed team that was going to have problems winning games.

They tied a team record in Toronto with their 40th loss in regulation time. They won only 11 of 41 road games which also ties a team record.

From December 22nd when they were actually a game over .500, they were the worst team in the league winning 13 of 46 games. In the final two months of the season they were unable to beat any team that made the playoffs.



STILL FOURTH IN THE LOTTERY – Canadiens-4 Detroit-3 (April 5, 2018)

Apr 6th, 2018 | By

What we had on the ice Thursday night in Detroit were two bad hockey teams. A look at the league standings prevent any argument on that point.

But the teams are bad for different reasons. The Red Wings, whose last Stanley Cup win was ten years ago, are now the oldest team in the NHL. The team the Canadiens currently put on the ice are the league’s youngest.

While a huge portion of the Montreal fan base was, for reasons of the draft lottery, hoping for a loss, the seven rookies  on the ice for the Canadiens were more interested in their NHL futures than what may or may not happen on the April 26th lottery day.

Ultimately, in a mistake-filled game, motivation was the difference.



FRUSTRATED AGAIN – Winnipeg-5 Canadiens-4 (overtime) April 3, 2018

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

For the first two periods Tuesday night Canadiens versus Jets had the look of one of those pre-season exhibition game with neither team having any idea what they were supposed to be doing.

The Jets had decided to rest some of their best players and the Canadiens were what they’ve been all year; injured and disorganized.

Winnipeg took advantage of Canadiens blunders to take a 3-0 lead. but  things changed with a minute left in the second period when Artturi Lehkonen, who was one of the few who had his stuff together, rifled home a loose puck to make it 3-1.

In the third period the Canadiens were a different team while the Jets kept playing like a team that has nothing left to accomplish in the season’s remaining games.   The Canadiens came back to tie it; twenty-four seconds later lost the lead again; tied it again and then lost the game 5-4 in overtime.  Another path to what was their 52nd loss of the season.  



FAMILIAR ENDING – New Jersey-2 Canadiens-1 (April 1, 2018)

Apr 2nd, 2018 | By

The third period of the Devils game was a microcosm of the Canadiens season.

The Canadiens went into that third period in complete control. They had limited New Jersey to only one dangerous scoring chance through the game’s first forty minutes and carried a 1-0 lead. It took only 26 seconds for the wheels to start to come off for the Canadiens. That’s when Nico Hishier tipped Sami Vatanen’s shot from the point to tie the game.



FOREGONE CONCLUSION – Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-2 (March 31, 2018)

Apr 1st, 2018 | By

So what did you really think was going to happen in Pittsburgh Saturday night?

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the game with the NHL’s best power play. The Canadiens had the league’s worst. Special teams weren’t the only things separating the two teams Saturday night but they turned out to be the Penguins three power play goals turned out to be the difference in their 5-2 win.

The Canadiens simply haven’t been able to beat the league’s better teams.



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