Canadiens Game Story

OUTCLASSED – Washington-3 Canadiens-2 (Feb. 4, 2017)

Feb 4th, 2017 | By

Let’s start with this. Washington is a better hockey team than the Canadiens. Much better. So losing to the Capitals Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre was not the worst thing to happen to the Montreal hockey club over the last two months. Things might have been different in the 3-2 loss but for some

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AWOL CANADIENS – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-1 (Feb. 2, 2017)

Feb 2nd, 2017 | By

Where do you start to talk about a game like this one? A good place might be to mention that the Philadelphia Flyers are the team that is struggling to make the playoffs not the Canadiens. You would never know it on this night. But then again you would never know it on every night

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ENERGIZED – Canadiens-5 Buffalo-2 (Jan. 31, 2017)

Feb 1st, 2017 | By

Team’s re-act differently when their day-in day-out routine is interrupted. It was clear that the Montreal Canadiens benefited from their three days of rest through their All-Star break more than the Buffalo Sabres did. The Canadiens came out with a jump to their game unseen through most of the last month and a half. At

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ANOTHER WAY TO LOSE – NY Islanders-3 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 26, 2017)

Jan 26th, 2017 | By

“If it ain’t one thing it’s another.” The late Gilda Radner had it right. “It’s always something.” The “something” Thursday night at Brooklyn was a total lack of energy and effort in the Canadiens 3-1 loss to the Islanders something that they’ll have to digest during their four day all-star break. This is the fourth

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PRICE, PLEKANEC SHOW THE WAY – Canadiens-5 Calgary-1 (Jan. 24, 2017)

Jan 24th, 2017 | By

A couple of games do not a season make. But a couple of good games in a row from players in long term slumps can be considered a good sign and that’s what was seen from the number one and number two stars of the Canadiens 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night at

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DEFYING EXPLANATION – Buffalo-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Jan. 21, 2017

Jan 21st, 2017 | By

There is a long list of  things on this earth that nobody can explain. Can we add the Buffalo Sabres success at the Bell Centre to the list. The Sabres came from behind twice to edge the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime Saturday night. These are the same Buffalo Sabres who have missed the playoffs the last

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POWERED UP – Canadiens-3 New Jersey-1 (Jan. 20, 2017)

Jan 20th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens brought Kirk Muller back into their coaching fold specifically to help a power play that had fallen apart since he departed for the head coaching ranks in 2011. It’s been slow coming and it’s still a little hit-and-miss, but the Muller effect finally seems to be taking hold. The Canadiens scored three on

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FAILED TO COMPETE – Pittsburgh-4 Canadiens-1 (Jan. 18/2017)

Jan 18th, 2017 | By

Michel Therrien had it right in his very brief post game news conference when he said, “If you want to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions you have to compete. We didn’t compete tonight.” He might have added, if you want to win against any NHL team you have to shoot the puck. For the

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DEPLORABLE EFFORT – Detroit-1 Canadiens-0 (Jan. 16, 2017)

Jan 16th, 2017 | By

What a dreadful piece of work that turned out to be! Somebody in one dressing room or the other might come up with a reason for the horrible show they put on for the fans Monday afternoon in Detroit, but ultimately there is nothing to excuse the execrable effort on the part of both teams.

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COME FROM BEHIND – Canadiens-5 NY Rangers-4 (Jan. 14, 2017)

Jan 15th, 2017 | By

To call the game “interesting” would be an understatement. The Canadiens edged the Rangers 5-4 in a game dominated by, for better or worse,  the judgment of the game officials, an inauspicious return to the lineup from Andrew Shaw, another messy outing from the Canadiens special teams and three Canadiens goals in 62 third period

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