DOING IT THE HARD WAY – Canadiens-4 New Jersey -3 (Overtime) Feb. 27,2017

Feb 28th, 2017 | By

Anyone who thinks the Canadiens are out of the woods after their comeback overtime win over New Jersey Monday night wasn’t paying close attention the way the game unfolded. With the threat of losing their hold on first place in the Atlantic Division for the first time since October 20th, one would assume their would

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PRICE STANDS TALL – Canadiens-3 NY Rangers-2 (Shootout) Feb. 21, 2017

Feb 22nd, 2017 | By

It’s always been a given that the Canadiens are only going to go only as far as Carey Price is capable of carrying them. The Canadiens simply don’t have the upfront talent to survive without him. It was clear last year and re-enforced this season when Price’s game seemed to sag over the last two

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PATIENCE REQUIRED – Winnipeg-3 Canadiens-1 (Feb. 18, 2017)

Feb 18th, 2017 | By

Canadiens fans might have hoped for a win against Winnipeg but in the cold light of a Sunday afternoon, considering events of the last seven days the deck was totally stacked against it. The week started on Sunday in Boston with a shutout loss to the Bruins.  The next day Canadiens players went off to the

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Feb 14th, 2017 | By

Anyone who has spent time around the Canadiens perfectly understands the need of a French speaking front office and most particularly a bilingual head coach. During that barely lamented stretch in 2011 when Randy Cunnyworth replaced Jacques Martin, Canadiens president Geoff Molson, in response to the predictable public hoo-haw said “It is obvious that the

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LOOKING FOR HELP – Boston-4 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 12, 2017)

Feb 12th, 2017 | By

Ask hockey people about the mandated four day mid-season break and you get a variety of opinions.  Players seem to like it.  They had better,  It was their idea and something they demanded in the last Collective Bargaining agreement.  Coaches hate it because they thing it ruins momentum.  In that group, Michel Therrien may be

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NO SIGN OF RELIEF – St. Louis-4 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 11, 2017)

Feb 11th, 2017 | By

Michel Therrien was stating the obvious in his post game news conference when said the Canadiens have to get more offense from their second and third lines. It’s been there for all to see for the last three months and again front and centre  in the 4-2 loss to St. Louis Saturday night at the

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OUT OF THE FIRE – Canadiens-5 Arizona-4 (Overtime) Feb. 9, 2017

Feb 10th, 2017 | By

An optimist could look at the Canadiens 5-4 win over Arizona Thursday night as a “character” win. After all, facing the prospect of a five game losing streak,they came back with two goals in the third period and dominated the overtime before Alex Galchenyuk scored the game winner. The pessimist might say, the Canadiens were

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BURIED & EMBARRASSED Colorado-4 Canadiens-0 (Feb. 7, 2017)

Feb 8th, 2017 | By

As we watch the Canadiens slow descent in the NHL standings, fans have to start facing the fact that their team is not as good as everyone thought they might be a month into the season. Since November 12th they have the 22nd best record in the league and their effort ….or lack of it….against Colorado

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BLANKED – Edmonton-1 Canadiens-0 (Shootout) Feb. 5, 2017

Feb 5th, 2017 | By

Let’s face it, no matter how the NHL rules like to sugar coat it, the Canadiens lost their third hockey game in a row.   They survived sixty-five minutes against a team that outplayed them for all but fifteen of them, and they got the “loser’s point” but the cruel reality is the Canadiens have

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OUTCLASSED – Washington-3 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 4, 2017)

Feb 4th, 2017 | By

Let’s start with this. Washington is a better hockey team than the Canadiens. Much better. So losing to the Capitals Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre was not the worst thing to happen to the Montreal hockey club over the last two months. Things might have been different in the 3-2 loss but for some

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