After two days away from the arena, the Canadiens started preparations for their sixth set of back-to-back games Friday and Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. Left wing Eric Tangradi practiced with the team for the first time on the fourth line with Manny Malhotra and Dale Weise.
The Canadiens have re-called left wing Eric Tangradi from their Hamilton Bulldogs farm club. The 6’4″ Tangradi was acquired as part of the Peter Budaj trade with the Winnipeg Jets in September. Tangradi will join Canadiens practice Wednesday morning.
After a schedule grind that has seen the Canadiens play twelve games in 21 days this month, the Canadiens have a five day break in their schedule before they head for Buffalo and the first of back to back games with the Sabres. The Canadiens sent defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Drayson Bowman back to their Hamilton farm team on Monday morning.
The Canadiens finished off their back to back weekend with a 5-0 loss against the Rangers in New York on Sunday night. Henrik Lundqvist registered the shutout stopping all 21 shots mustered by a weary looking Canadiens. It was the Canadiens sixth game in nine nights.
The Canadiens will try to make it two wins in a 24 hour span when they take on the New York Rangers Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The Habs have won 8 of their last nine games and have an 8-3-0 record in the month of November. Dustin Tokarski will be in goal for the Habs. Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers.
The Canadiens made it three wins in a row and Carey Price turned in the shutout as the Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 at TD Garden Saturday night. Andrei Markov’s first period power play goal proved to be the game winner. Tomas Plekanec scored the other Canadiens goal. It was the first of two goals in 24 hours for the Habs, who will complete their weekend in New York against the Rangers.
After beating the Bruins twice at home this season, the Canadiens will be looking to make it three in a row when they play their first game atr TD Garden in Boston Saturday night. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens; Tuukka Rask for the Bruins. It’s the first of back-to-back weekend games for the Habs who will finish up at Madison Square Garden Sunday night.
The Canadiens bounced back from their drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday to record an impressive 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Max Pacioretty celebrated his 26th birthday with two goals including the game winner. The victory left the Canadiens on top of the NHL standings with a 15-6-1 record.
The Canadiens have traded left wing Rene Bourque to the Anahem Ducks for 6’5” 34 year old defenseman Bryan Allen.
Allen has played in only six games for the Ducks this season with an average ice time of 18:12, four shots on goal, 11 hits and 10 blocked shots. He missed 14 games with a ‘lower body injury”.
Two teams coming off shutout losses will meet Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens had their six game winning streak ended 4-0 at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the same time, the Boston Bruins blanked the St. Louis Blues 2-0 ending their three game win streak. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens. Jake Allen for St. Louis.