ONLY CLOSE ON THE SCOREBOARD Columbus-2 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 23, 2016)

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By

Well at least Al Montoya wasn’t on the losing end of a 10-0 score this time. That’s about all we can say about the Canadiens second trip to Columbus this season. The score was close this time, but the game wasn’t. I can’t help having flashbacks to last year when the Canadiens started out on

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PREVIEW GAME #34 Canadiens @ Columbus (Dec. 23/2016)

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By

The Canadiens last win at Columbus was Feb 26 2015 (5-2). The Blue Jackets have won the last two at home vs. Montreal and three straight overall. The 10-0 win over the Canadiens Nov. 4th was the largest margin of victory in Columbus history. .In the last seven games against the Canadiens Columbus is 7 for 18 on the power play (38.9%). Four of the ten goals Nov. 4th came on the Blue Jackets power play.

DEFENSELESS Minnesota-4 Canadiens-2 (Dec. 22, 2016)

Dec 23rd, 2016 | By

I can think of better result on the eve of a seven game road trip than a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild but the reality is, the Canadiens went into Thursday night’s game against Minnesota without two of their top four defensemen and at the end of the night they felt

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THE ‘SYSTEM’ PREVAILS – Canadiens-5 Anaheim-1 (Dec. 20, 2016)

Dec 21st, 2016 | By

Sometimes it’s all about the system. It’s clear from the very day he took over the Canadiens that Michel Therrien had a vision of how he wanted the Canadiens to play. For most of the four plus seasons he’s had the team, with minor modifications he has stuck to his guns. Therrien’s system maximizes his

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NEAR PERFECTION Canadiens-2 Washington-1 (Dec. 17, 2016)

Dec 17th, 2016 | By

“The perfect road game” Coaches spend practice hours working on what it takes to shut down an opponent in their own building. In his pre-game instructions, after looking at tapes of the Friday night fiasco against San Jose Michel Therrien would have reminded his team of the basic rules of winning in the NHL on

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SHAMEFUL EFFORT San Jose-4 Canadiens-2 (Dec. 16, 2016)

Dec 16th, 2016 | By

For a few decades I’ve tried unsuccessfully to figure out why teams behave the way they do. And not even Michel Therrien, his coaches and the front office combined would be able to explain a Canadiens team failing to show up Friday night before 21 thousand of their own fans against a team that has been

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THE RIVALRY ENDURES Boston-2 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 12, 2016)

Dec 13th, 2016 | By

In another era, the late NHL president Clarence Campbell in arguing against regular season overtime, would say that “a tie is the legitimate final result of a match between two teams”. Without getting to either side of that argument, the game against the Bruins Tuesday night was an example of two teams that earned their

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BLOWOUT – Canadiens-10 Colorado-1 (December 10, 2016)

Dec 10th, 2016 | By

10-1!!!! Really?  No Galchenyuk.  No Desharnais.  And 10-1? The Colorado Avalanche have struggled this season but they came into the Bell Centre fresh off a 4-2 win over the Bruins Thursday in Boston and Bell Centre roof fell in on them. Teams have nights like that, on both ends of the scoresheet. Depending on your

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AN UNEXPECTED DELUGE Canadiens-5 New Jersey-2 (Dec. 8, 2016)

Dec 8th, 2016 | By

Who would have predicted this? Playing without two of their most important centres the Canadiens ran up their highest regulation time shots on goal total in a decade in a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils Thursday night. Consider this, not only was the team without Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais and defenseman Greg Pateryn

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BLOWN IN THE THIRD PERIOD St. Louis-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Dec. 6, 2016)

Dec 7th, 2016 | By

I don’t want to be the perveyer of doom and gloom but the Canadiens find themselves in a very difficult place as they come home from their five game Western Conference road trip. They lost centre Alex Galchenyuk Sunday in Los Angeles and in the 3-2 overtime loss in St. Louis Tuesday it looks like

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