THE CLINCHER – Canadiens-4 Florida-1 (April 3, 2017)

Apr 4th, 2017 | By

The saying goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Actually the Canadiens start to their season wasn’t the problem, it was those middle three months that their fans on edge and cost the head coach his job. Now the Canadiens are finishing the season in the same fashion as their early 16-4-2

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IN A PLAYOFF FRAME OF MIND – Canadiens-2 Tampa Bay-1 (Overtime) April 1, 2017

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By

In today’s parity-driven NHL, the playoffs actually begin sometime around the beginning of March. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, by the 60th game of the season there are maybe three or four teams that are really comfortable with their position in the standings, the rest are in a struggle simply to

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IN THE SHOW! Canadiens-6 Florida-2 (March 30, 2017)

Mar 31st, 2017 | By

Playoff bound! It’s every team’s  first goal  when they start the long season in October. The Canadiens clinched their berth in the Stanley Cup show with five games remaining in their season. Who would have predicted that six weeks ago? Think about the state of the Canadiens in mid February. The team was struggling. They

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BALANCED EFFORT – Canadiens-4 Dallas-1 (March 28, 2017)

Mar 29th, 2017 | By

The 4-1 win over Dallas had more than a few story lines. Alexander Radulov and Max Pacioretty ended scoring slumps. So did Brendan Gallagher. Three different lines contributed to the scoring and Andrei Markov reached career milestone and was rewarded by the crowd. But, ultimately it was a familiar story.  The game was decided once

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AGELESS ANDREI – Canadiens-3 Ottawa-1 (March 25, 2017)

Mar 25th, 2017 | By

The Canadiens showed up again when it counted. After last weekend’s sweep of the Senators, the Canadiens had Ottawa where they wanted them and then they came up with two dreadful home ice efforts against teams currently out of the playoff picture, to allow them back into the race for first place in the Atlantic

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TOOTHLESS IN MONTREAL – Carolina-4 Canadiens-1 (March 23, 2017)

Mar 24th, 2017 | By

Other than a slight tightening of the defense, the Canadiens under Claude Julien doesn’t look very much different than the one that got Michel Therrien fired five weeks ago. And in the 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes even the defense was sloppy. The collective psychology of sports teams has dumbfounded me for decades now.

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GALCHENYUK IN THE CROSS HAIRS – Detroit-2 Canadiens-1 (Overtime) March 21, 2017

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By

The Canadiens came from behind again in the third period and got a very important point against Detroit when, at the same time the Ottawa Senators were edging the Bruins in Boston . That should be the story but, overriding that big “loser” point is the continued argument over Alex Galchenyuk’s future role with the

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FULL COURT PRESS – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-1 (March 19, 2017)

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

There are about a dozen places we could begin after the 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, a win that put some distance between first and second in the Atlantic Division. Top to bottom the Canadiens were solid at both ends of the ice, but most notably in the neutral zone where the Senators game

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ANOTHER COMEBACK – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-3 (Shootout) March 18, 2017

Mar 19th, 2017 | By

In this decade’s version of the NHL, trailing a game heading into the third period is almost a sure path to defeat. Apparently the Canadiens haven’t read the memo. They scored two goals on their first three third period shots to take a lead, gave up a late goal and then won in a shootout

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NO REWARD – Chicago-4 Canadiens-2 (March 14, 2017)

Mar 15th, 2017 | By

At least they weren’t shut out. Close.  But the Canadiens saved themselves from the indignity of being shutout for the seventh time in their last seventeen games by a goal from Paul Byron with just under eight minutes left and then Shea Weber prevented the Canadiens from being held to one goal or fewer for

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