HABS & BOLTS BETWEEN GAMES – Canadiens Power Play Woes/Ben Bishop/Ondrej Palat

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HABS & BOLTS BETWEEN GAMES – Canadiens Power Play Woes/Ben Bishop/Ondrej Palat

The Canadiens and Lightning held their off -day practices Thursday at Tampa. The Canadiens power play got special attetnion again. The Lightning admit their goaltender Ben Bishop is not close to returning and forward Ondrej Palat will be a game-time-decision.

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About Ron Reusch

Ron Reusch covered sports both nationally and internationally over five decades. (1960s through 2010). Based in Montreal, Ron worked on the English language play-by-play broadcasts of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and NL’s Montreal Expos.

As a member of the CTV Television Network, Ron covered a variety of including the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games and the 1976, 1984 and 1992 Summer Olympic Games. He also did play-by-play for CTV’s coverage of the first three Canada Cup hockey tournaments (1976, 1981 and 1984) and served as color commentator to Dan Kelly’s play-by-play for the NHL’s 1984–85 and 1985–86 seasons on CTV plus the 1987 Canada Cup. Other CTV assignments included live broadcasts of the Indianapolis 500 (6 times), and the Canadian Grand Prix.

Canadiens

GAME #1      Canadiens-5 Tampa Bay-4 [overtime]    (April 15, 2014) GAME #1 Canadiens-5 Tampa Bay-4 [overtime] (April 15, 2014)

The Canadiens got goals from all four of their forward lines and edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night in the opening game of the playoffs. Fourth line winger Dale Weise scored the game winning with 1:52 remaining in the first overtime period.

PREVIEW PLAYOFF GAME #1    Canadiens @ Tampa Bay       (April 16, 2014) PREVIEW PLAYOFF GAME #1 Canadiens @ Tampa Bay (April 16, 2014)

Playoff Game Preview #1 Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay St. Pete Times Forum – April 16, 2014 – 7:05pm   Game Notes – ….These teams met in the Stanley Playoffs only once in 2004. After a tough seven game series against Boston, the Canadiens lost four straight to Tampa in the Eastern semi-final. They were outscored
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SEASON LONG SEARCH FOR PLEKANEC LEFT WINGER GOES INTO PLAYOFFS-Prust Latest Candidate SEASON LONG SEARCH FOR PLEKANEC LEFT WINGER GOES INTO PLAYOFFS-Prust Latest Candidate

The search for a compatible left winger for Tomas Plekanec has become an endless and frustrating search for the Canadiens coaching staff. Eleven different players tired left wing on his line this season and in two days of practice for the opening of the 2014 playoffs, he’s had three.

PRUST PRACTICES WITH PLEKANEC & GALLAGHER TUESDAY-May Be Cleared For Game One PRUST PRACTICES WITH PLEKANEC & GALLAGHER TUESDAY-May Be Cleared For Game One

During practice Tuesday, Prust was practicing on a line with Thomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher. This is a change from the Monday workout when Rene Bourque and Daniel Briere alternated on Plekanec’s left wing. Prust has been recovering from a rib injury suffered March 18th against Colorado.

CANADIENS SIGN SWEDEN’S JACOB de la ROSE –  Three Year Entry Level Contract CANADIENS SIGN SWEDEN’S JACOB de la ROSE – Three Year Entry Level Contract

The Canadiens made left winger Jacob de la Rose their first of three second round picks at the NHL Entry draft last June. He was taken 34th overall. He played his first full season as an 18 year old with Leksands of the Swedish National League, scoring 7 goals and 6 assists.

Hockey-General News

BULLDOGS WIN FINAL ROAD GAME OF SEASON IN CLEVELAND TUESDAY BULLDOGS WIN FINAL ROAD GAME OF SEASON IN CLEVELAND TUESDAY

The Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Lake Erie Monsters 2-1 Friday night in their final road game of the 2013-2014 season. Nick Sorkin tipped home a Sven Andrighetto shot for what proved to be the winning goal in the third period. Joonas Nattinen scored the other Hamilton goal. Andrew Agozzino scored for Lake Erie, an affiliate
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BULLDOGS RECALL DORVAL NATIVE  STEFAN FOURNIER FROM WHEELING OF ECHL BULLDOGS RECALL DORVAL NATIVE STEFAN FOURNIER FROM WHEELING OF ECHL

The Canadiens knew they had a project on their hands when they signed undrafted Dorval native to a three-year entry level contract last summer. Fournier had spent five years in the Quebec Junior league with four different teams. He had some skating issues to be addressed and there were the usual defense deficiencies that come
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HAMILTON BULLDOGS EDGED BY ROCHESTER 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT HAMILTON BULLDOGS EDGED BY ROCHESTER 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT

Kevin Porter’s goal in the third round of the shootout gave the Rochester Americans a 4-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs Saturday night at FirstOntario Centre. Gabriel Dumont’s 19th goal of the season midway through the third period forced the overtime. Connor Crisp and Joonas Nattinen also scored for Hamilton. Porter, along with Braydon Irwin
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TAMPA EDGES COLUMBUS FRIDAY – Habs Hopes for Playoff Home Ice Advantage Plummet TAMPA EDGES COLUMBUS FRIDAY – Habs Hopes for Playoff Home Ice Advantage Plummet

The Canadiens failure against the New York Islanders Thursday night has severely damaged their chances of home ice advantage in the first round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. While the Canadiens were able to muster minimal effort against New York, the Lightning were putting up back to back wins against Philadelphia Thursday and
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HAMILTON BULLDOGS UPDATE – Tokarski Returned/Nevins Assigned/Owens Released HAMILTON BULLDOGS UPDATE – Tokarski Returned/Nevins Assigned/Owens Released

The Hamilton Bulldogs are finally home from their nine game-18 day road trip and within a point of being eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs.  The Bulldogs have three games remaining on their schedule and trail the Rochester Americans by five points in the AHL Western conference going into their weekend schedule that will see
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BULLDOGS FINISH NINE GAME ROAD TRIP WITH 4-3 SHOOTOUT WIN AT ST. JOHN’S BULLDOGS FINISH NINE GAME ROAD TRIP WITH 4-3 SHOOTOUT WIN AT ST. JOHN’S

Sven Andrighetto and Martin St. Pierre scored in the shootout and the Hamilton Bulldogs came from two goals back to defeat the St. John’s Ice Caps 4-3 Wednesday night. The win staved off Hamilton’s official elimination from AHL playoff qualification for another night. Mike Blunden’s goal at 1254 of the third period created the tie
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BULLDOGS LOSE AT ST. JOHN’S 3-1 TUESDAY-Hopes Gone For AHL Playoff Berth BULLDOGS LOSE AT ST. JOHN’S 3-1 TUESDAY-Hopes Gone For AHL Playoff Berth

The St. John’s Ice Caps all but ended whatever slim chance the Hamilton Bulldogs had of making the American Hockey League playoffs with a 3-1 Tuesday at the Newfoundland Capital. With the loss the Bulldogs remain 7 points behind the eighth place Rochester Americans with four games left to play.  Rochester has two games in
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HAMILTON BULLDOGS DROP 2-1 DECISION IN GRAND RAPIDS SHOOTOUT SATURDAY HAMILTON BULLDOGS DROP 2-1 DECISION IN GRAND RAPIDS SHOOTOUT SATURDAY

The Grand Rapids Griffins edged the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 afatera ten round shootout Saturday night in Grand Rapids. Maxime Macenauer’s third period power play goal forced the overtime. It was the second of back to back games at Grand Rapids and the Bulldogs came away with three of a possible four points. Grand Rapids outshot
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