Canadiens

THIRTY FOR GALLAGHER – Canadiens-4 Detroit-2 (March 26, 2018)

Mar 27th, 2018 | By

Brendan Gallagher knows only one way to play hockey. He does it game-in and game-out with such consistency and excellence that people like me tend to take him for granted. Because his compete level is so high every game, his games often become a footnote, quite often on this site included written in the ‘Also Worth Mentioning’ segment if mentioned at all.   A good Gallagher game is just something we have come to expect as a matter of course.  A bad game, or a bad shift for that matter would be remarkable.



GOALTENDING ISSUES – Washington-6 Canadiens-4 (March 24, 2018)

Mar 25th, 2018 | By

Anyone with an ounce of hockey sense the Canadiens have a big problem at the centre ice position. We’ve known that since training camp.

But what about goaltending?

Carey Price let in four goals on 14 shots to start the game against the Washington Capitals en route to that ugly 6-4 loss at the Bell Centre. In his 45 starts this season he’s given up four or more goals 17 times including 8 times whe hit’s been five or more.



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.



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