A TIMELY COMEBACK -Canadiens-4 Edmonton-1 (March 12, 2017)

Mar 12th, 2017 | By

Give them credit. The Canadiens stuck with it through a tough slog in Edmonton and were rewarded in the end for a long frustrating night. The Canadiens finally scored on their 37th shot on goal and again on their 38th just over a minute later and then popped in two empty net goals to win

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THE WESTERN DEAD ZONE – Calgary-5 Canadiens-0 (March 9, 2017)

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

Western Canada has traditionally become the place where Canadiens teams have gone to die. The only thing missing from the Canadiens brutal performance in Calgary were the last rites. They were that bad. Not that we should be surprised. In the millennium, the Canadiens have posted an awful record in the Canadian West. THE DEAD

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PERFECT TIMING – Canadiens-2 Vancouver -1 (March 7, 2017)

Mar 8th, 2017 | By

Six in a row! Ask twenty people you might get twenty different opinions as to why the Canadiens are a much different looking hockey team than they were three weeks ago. But very high on every list will be Claude Julien’s name. His system was again very much in evidence in Vancouver Tuesday night. Timing

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PHYSICAL DOMINATION – Canadiens-4 NY Rangers-1 (Mar. 4, 2017)

Mar 5th, 2017 | By

For a team that reportedly didn’t do an awful lot of consequence up to and including the trade deadline, the Canadiens somehow have managed to undergo a personality transplant. What we saw Saturday night at Madison Square Garden wasn’t the same old, same old December-January version of the hockey club. Let’s start with this. When is

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THEY’LL TAKE THE TWO POINTS – Canadiens-2 Nashville-1 (March 2nd, 2017)

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By

Once again the adage proves out. If you have the goaltending it’s possible to commit hockey highway robbery. The Canadiens got the goaltending and survived a dreadful on ice performance with two goals from totally unexpected sources in a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Before we go to deep into how badly the Canadiens

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MEN AT WORK – Canadiens-1 Columbus-0 (Overtime) (Feb. 28, 2017)

Mar 1st, 2017 | By

There are 1-0 hockey games and there are 1-0 hockey games. Some are crashing bores, like the snoozer played against Edmonton at the Bell Centre a couple of Sunday’s ago. And then there are 1-0 games like the game played against the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night. This game was edge-of-your-seat stuff. The Canadiens were

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DOING IT THE HARD WAY – Canadiens-4 New Jersey -3 (Overtime) Feb. 27,2017

Feb 28th, 2017 | By

Anyone who thinks the Canadiens are out of the woods after their comeback overtime win over New Jersey Monday night wasn’t paying close attention the way the game unfolded. With the threat of losing their hold on first place in the Atlantic Division for the first time since October 20th, one would assume their would

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PRICE STANDS TALL – Canadiens-3 NY Rangers-2 (Shootout) Feb. 21, 2017

Feb 22nd, 2017 | By

It’s always been a given that the Canadiens are only going to go only as far as Carey Price is capable of carrying them. The Canadiens simply don’t have the upfront talent to survive without him. It was clear last year and re-enforced this season when Price’s game seemed to sag over the last two

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PATIENCE REQUIRED – Winnipeg-3 Canadiens-1 (Feb. 18, 2017)

Feb 18th, 2017 | By

Canadiens fans might have hoped for a win against Winnipeg but in the cold light of a Sunday afternoon, considering events of the last seven days the deck was totally stacked against it. The week started on Sunday in Boston with a shutout loss to the Bruins.  The next day Canadiens players went off to the

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Feb 14th, 2017 | By

Anyone who has spent time around the Canadiens perfectly understands the need of a French speaking front office and most particularly a bilingual head coach. During that barely lamented stretch in 2011 when Randy Cunnyworth replaced Jacques Martin, Canadiens president Geoff Molson, in response to the predictable public hoo-haw said “It is obvious that the

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