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WEBER DOMINATION – Game #4 Canadiens-5 Phoenix-2 (Oct. 20, 2016)

Oct 21st, 2016 | By

Well, that was impressive. Yes, we’re only four games into the season and the Phoenix Coyotes aren’t the Pittsburgh Penguins but this game echoed what we were seeing at the beginning of last season before the Canadiens started their December implosion. The three stars were Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Radulov. You could be

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PREVIEW GAME #4 – Phoenix @ Canadiens (Oct. 20/2016)

Oct 20th, 2016 | By
DEC 03, 2015 : Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck in front of Alexei Emelin #74 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 3, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire)

The Coyotes swept last season’s two-game series. 3-2 at Bell Centre; 6-2 at Phoenix. It was the first season sweep in their history. They have also won two straight in Montreal and four of their last five overall and have earned points in 6 of their last 8 games (4-2-2)

MONTOYA SAVES THE HOME OPENER – Game #3 Canadiens-4 Pittsburgh-0 (Oct. 18, 2016)

Oct 19th, 2016 | By

Somewhere around the middle of the first period I asked myself “where would the Canadiens be if they hadn’t signed Al Montoya in the off-season?” To myself I said, “Probably 0-3-0 to start the season.” As was again clearly demonstrated last season, goaltending can be almost everything in the NHL, especially the way the game

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PREVIEW GAME #3 Pittsburgh @ Canadiens (Oct. 18, 2016)

Oct 18th, 2016 | By
MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 9: of the Montreal Canadiens of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 9, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Nine players (39%) are on the roster for their first Canadiens home opener. Three of them, Mikhail Sergachev, Artturi Lehkonen and Daniel Carr are rookies. The others are Alexander Radulov, Andrew Shaw and Phillip Danault plus defensemen Shea Weber and goaltenders Al Montoya and Charlie Lindgren. Seven of them will be in the game.

MONTOYA & PETRY KEY AN IMPROBABLE COMEBACK – GAME #2 – Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout)

Oct 16th, 2016 | By

And should we take out of that one? Halfway through the game the Canadiens were down 2-0, had managed only seven shots on Craig Anderson and looked like there main interest was not being late for the bus to Montreal. Two minutes into the second half of the game, Michel Therrien started to juggle his

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Oct 13th, 2016 | By

You have to look at the big picture in this game. The Canadiens beat the Sabres 4-1 in Buffalo. It was their first win in six attempts to defeat the Sabres in one of their home openers. The Canadiens got the lead and then made it 2-0 and then did a good job from the

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EXHIBITION #7 WEBER STEPS IN (Canadiens-6 Toronto-1)

Oct 7th, 2016 | By

There was one statistic that jumped off the page after the Canadiens 6-1 win over Toronto Thursday.  In his first game in a Canadiens sweater, Shea Weber attempted seven shots.  Every one of them was on the net.  He scored a goal on one of them.   In his customary 25-minutes of ice time he

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Oct 5th, 2016 | By

Wednesday the Canadiens placed defenseman Mark Barberio on waivers. If he clears he will join the St. John’s IceCaps training camp by the weekend. Barberio’s performance at training camp could be termed as “ordinary” and thus he becomes a victim of a deepening talent pool on defence. THREE YET TO GO It leaves the Canadiens

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EXHIBITION #6 – Lehkonen Makes a Strong Statement (Canadiens-4 Boston-3)

Oct 4th, 2016 | By

While we tend to go from game-to-game in the pre-season, in the final analysis the Canadiens coaching staff will be looking at the total body of work this weekend before making their final roster decisions. While the entire training camp will be considered, heavier weight will be placed on the final two games at which

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CANADIENS SEASON OPENING ROSTER TAKES SHAPE – Sergachev; Lehkonen; Redmond Still in Camp

Oct 3rd, 2016 | By

The Canadiens will send a lineup onto the ice in Quebec City Tuesday night that is going to closely resemble the one that will open the season in Buffalo October 13th.   Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin will also make their first training camp starts nd Andrew Shaw returns for his three game suspension.  Both

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