With the Canadiens injury free through the first two weeks of their season, forward Michael Bournival and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu are having problems finding a place in the starting roster. The pair has been sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs for conditioning and will return to the Canadiens on Sunday.
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After a 2-1 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens are now 6-1-0 to start their 2014-2015 season, something they haven’t done in 37 years. For the sixth time in seven games, the Canadiens successfully came from behind to win. Alext Galchenyuk tied the game late in the third period and David Desharnais won it in the overtime’s first minute.
It’s been 37 years since the Canadiens had a chance to start a season with a 6-1 record. They have a chance to equal the mark they established in the 1977-78 season when they take on the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens. Jimmy Howard is expected to be in goal for the Wings.
The Hamilton Bulldogs got a taste of the new American Hockey League experimental overtime rules this weekend. Both of Hamilton’s games went into overtime and the Bulldogs lost both of them in the 3-on-3 segment of the extra period.
The Canadiens continue their winning ways with a 3-2 home ice victory over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night. The Canadiens have won five of their opening six games, their best season start in six years. P.K. Subban scored twice, including the game winner. Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Habs.
Three-on-three hockey hasn’t been what the Hamilton Bulldogs would want. For the second straight night, the Bulldogs were forced into overtime and lost the game when the overtime extended from the 4-on-4 stage to 3-on-3. Rockford centre Peter Regin scored at 5:25 of the overtime to give the IceHogs a 2-1 victory before 2,250 fans
When the Canadiens defeated the Colorado March 18th, it was their first home ice win over the Avalanche in eight years. They will try to make it two wins in a row when the teams meet Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Minor league call-up Calvin Pickard will make this first NHL start in goal. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens.
The Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies before 5,715 fans in their home opener Friday night in Hamilton. Under new AHL rules the teams were playing 3-on-3 hockey when the winning goal was scored at 5:29 of the overtime period.
It was expected when the Canadiens shifted Alexei Emelin to right defense that the classic confrontations between Bruins leftwinger Milan Lucic and Emelin would all-but disappear. If the first meeting of the season between the Bruins and Canadiens is an indication, the intense individual battle between the two is alive and ongoing.
Comebacks seem to be the story of the Canadiens early season. They came back twice against the Boston Bruins to record a 6-4 win in their home opener Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Brendan Gallagher led the way with two goals and an assist and was named the game’s first star. The Canadiens are now 4-1 to open the 2014-2015 season.