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Crash course

BOSTON – There’s no better way to learn about life as a Hab than by starting your Canadiens career with a game against the Bruins. Just a few hours after arriving at the Canadiens’ hotel in Boston, Bryan Allen hopped on the ice in a Habs jersey for the first time on Saturday morning for the pre-game skate. While he won’t have much time to put faces to names before puck drop at TD Garden, the v

Game Preview : Canadiens @ Bruins

CANADIENS (15-5-1) @ BRUINS (13-8-0) The Canadiens will face their longtime rivals for a third time this season with a stop in Boston to play the Bruins. The Habs have come out on the winning end of the first two meetings of the year, picking up a 6-4 victory in the home opener on October 16 and a 5-1 win on November 13. After a tough game against the Penguins on Tuesday night, the Canadie

Let it grow

MONTREAL – For the past three weeks, Michel Therrien’s troops have been growing mustaches in support of a worthy cause.With 10 days remaining in the annual Movember campaign, the Canadiens have amassed over $25,000 in support of men’s health issues, including the fight against prostate and testicular cancer, and mental health concerns.While every Habs player might have a different reason f

Guests of honor

BROSSARD – The Canadiens hit the road on Friday afternoon with some very special people on board their charter flight to Boston.In conjunction with the team’s Mother & Son road trip, players and staff members were afforded the opportunity to bring loved ones along for the two-game road swing that will see the Habs battle the Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden before traveling to New York fo

Back on track

MONTREAL – If there was any doubt that the Habs have earned their place among the NHL’s elite, the team proved so on Thursday night.Blanked 4-0 by the high-powered Penguins on Tuesday, the question on Thursday was whether Michel Therrien’s squad could bounce back against a tough St. Louis team which had not lost in Montreal in over a decade.The answer, meanwhile, couldn’t have been clearer

The Numbers Game - November 20, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Thursday's game between the Canadiens and the Blues at the Bell Centre.700 – Number of career NHL games now played by Tomas Plekanec, as the Czech centerman hit the milestone Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Drafted by the Habs 71st overall in 2001, Plekanec has spent his entire career in Montreal.3,899 – Days it took for Marc Bergevin to be reunited

Canadiens acquire defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque

PRESS RELEASEMONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque.Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty

2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM opens today

NEW YORK (November 20, 2014) – When the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ presented by SiriusXM opens worldwide Thursday, Nov. 20, online at NHL.com/vote and via mobile phones, the interactive ballot will feature all 700-plus active players in the NHL. Past All-Stars Sidney Crosby, Ryan Miller, Steven Stamkos and Duncan Keith will compete with this season’s standouts and potential All-Stars Ryan Johanse

Game Preview: Blues @ Canadiens

BLUES (12-5-1) @ CANADIENS (14-5-1)After suffering their first loss in 13 days on Tuesday, the Canadiens will try to rebound on Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre.The Habs hit a veritable wall earlier in the week against Pittsburgh after winning six straight games. Marc-Andre Fleury was perfect in goal, turning aside all 27 shots he faced to lead the Penguins to

United in song

MONTREAL - The Canadiens are a worldwide phenomenon for many different reasons. Not only do they boast 24 Stanley Cup titles, an iconic logo and a storied history, but they've also got a loyal fan base that supports the team everywhere they travel. Among those devoted supporters is the Desjardins family, who came up with the rather ambitious idea of criss-crossing the globe, literally. Dad, Ch

The next test

BROSSARD – After being humbled by a streaking Pittsburgh Penguins squad, things aren’t going to get any easier for Michel Therrien’s troops come Thursday night at the Bell Centre.That’s when the Canadiens will go up against a St. Louis Blues contingent that has rattled off eight wins in their last 10 outings, and currently sits seventh in the league with 25 points through 18 games during the 2

Learning in defeat

MONTREAL – The Penguins have been almost unstoppable through the early part of the 2014-15 campaign, and Michel Therrien’s troops simply couldn’t stymie their magic on Tuesday night.After falling behind by two goals less than 10 minutes into the opening frame on tallies by Beau Bennett and Steve Downie, the Canadiens found themselves trying to claw back into a tilt that was ultimately out of r

The Numbers Game - November 18, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Tuesday's game between the Canadiens and the Penguins at the Bell Centre.21 – Rank defenseman Andrei Markov now occupies alongside Emile “Butch” Bouchard for the most games played in Canadiens history after the 14-year NHL veteran suited up for his 785th career game on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh. Markov will move into the Top 20 shortly, as he is now

Game Preview: Penguins @ Canadiens

PENGUINS (12-3-1) @ CANADIENS (14-4-1)On Tuesday night, the Canadiens will try to pick up a seventh straight win for the first time since 2006 when they play host to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre.Between March and April 2006, the Canadiens won eight consecutive games to secure a playoff spot.The Canadiens are coming off a perfect weekend in which they dow

Finally!

MONTREAL – Pat Burns has finally been immortalized among hockey's greats.A three-time Jack Adams Award winner, a Stanley Cup Champion, and with more than 500 games under his belt over the course of a long and successful NHL coaching career, the call to the Hall came posthumously for Burns.Almost four years to the day after losing his courageous battle to cancer, the fiery head coach was fi

Lehtera, Price and Forsberg named stars of the week

NEW YORK -- St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 16.FIRST STAR – JORI LEHTERA, C, ST. LOUIS BLUESLehtera tied for the League lead in goals (four) and points (six) and posted a +5 rating as the Blues (12-4-1, 25 points) won all three games

Full throttle

DETROIT – The Motor City hasn’t been kind to visiting teams early on this season, but the Canadiens weren’t about to let Mike Babcock’s contingent stop them in their tracks.On Sunday night, Michel Therrien’s troops rattled off their sixth consecutive victory, downing the Red Wings 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena. It was the first time the Canadiens have registered six straight wins since March 2010, an

The Numbers Game - November 16, 2014

DETROIT - Here's a numerical look at Sunday's game between the Canadiens and the Red Wings. 574 – Number of times the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings have gone up against one another in NHL history, including Sunday night’s tilt at Joe Louis Arena. Entering the contest, the Canadiens boasted a 274-200-93-3 all-time record against their current Atlantic Division rivals.2 – Number o

Game Preview: Canadiens @ Red Wings

CANADIENS (13-4-1) @ RED WINGS (8-3-5)On Sunday night, fans at Joe Louis Arena will be privy to an Original Six matchup as the Canadiens take on the Red Wings in Detroit.Michel Therrien’s troops landed in Michigan fresh off an impressive 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre on Saturday. The victory extended their winning streak to five straight games.The Canadiens’ p

Power Players

MONTREAL - Word on the street was the Habs had a struggling power play, but that’s news to Sergei Gonchar.While the Canadiens may have gone 0-for-27 with the man advantage over a ten-game span leading up to the trade which sent Travis Moen to Dallas in exchange for Gonchar on Tuesday, the Habs have shown no signs of that former power play futility since the special teams stalwart first suited

The Numbers Game - November 15, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Saturday's game between the Canadiens and Flyers in Montreal. 800 - Number of career NHL points for Sergei Gonchar, who hit the milestone with an assist on Dale Weise's second goal of the season, late in the third.2 – Number of teams, including the Canadiens, who hold an all-time winning record against the Flyers, as Montreal is now 83-68-30-2 in 183 g

Game Preview: Flyers @ Canadiens

FLYERS (7-5-2) @ CANADIENS (12-4-1)Winners of four straight, the Habs take on the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at the Bell Centre to open a series of six games in the next nine days.The last time the two Eastern Conference rivals met, the Habs scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation time to force overtime in a 4-3 shootout win on October 11. Pierre-Alexandre Pa

Dynamic three

BROSSARD – There’s no denying just how good the line of Brandon Prust, Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac has been as of late.Since coming together in the latter stages of the Canadiens-Sabres tilt back on November 5th in Buffalo, the trio has been seemingly unstoppable, giving opposing defenders fits and chipping in every time they hit the ice. Over the last three games, Eller, Prust and Sekac have co

Owning the night

MONTREAL – The Bruins were simply no match for Michel Therrien’s troops on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.While the Canadiens might have conceded the all-important first goal of the hockey game, the home team wasn’t about to give their Atlantic Division rivals any breathing room from there on out, scoring five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 victory and their fourth straight win.“Tha

The Numbers Game - November 13, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Thursday's game between the Canadiens and the Bruins. 1 – Thursday night’s tilt against the Boston Bruins marked Sergei Gonchar’s first game in a Canadiens uniform. The 40-year-old defenseman arrived in Montreal on Wednesday night after being acquired from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Travis Moen.29 – Number of points Sergei Gonchar had reg

Game Preview: Bruins @ Canadiens

BRUINS (10-7-0) @ CANADIENS (11-4-1)Nearly one month after the Canadiens opened their 2014-15 home campaign with a 6-4 win over Boston, the Bruins are back at the Bell Centre on Thursday for round two of the longstanding Original Six rivalry.On October 16, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty registered three points each against the Bruins in their first meeting of the season, sparking an

Welcome aboard, Sergei!

BROSSARD – If Sergei Gonchar is eagerly anticipating his Canadiens debut, it’s safe to say his new teammates are as well.On Wednesday, Michel Therrien and his troops shared their thoughts on the acquisition of the 20-year NHL veteran, who came over in a trade with the Dallas Stars in exchange for Travis Moen a day earlier. Unsurprisingly, the consensus inside the locker room is that the 40-yea

Shut ‘em down

MONTREAL – The Habs have returned to their stingy defensive ways, thanks in no small part to their All-World netminder.Having previously given up 14 goals in a three-game span to the Canucks, Flames, and Blackhawks, the Canadiens have returned to more familiar goals-against numbers in the last three outings. Allowing just three goals in the past three nights, the team has unsurprisingly also r

The Numbers Game - November 11, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at Tuesday's game between the Canadiens and the Jets. 300 – Number of games played by P.K. Subban so far in his NHL career, celebrating the milestone moment against the Jets on Tuesday night. 1 – Number of games played by Drayson Bowman in a Canadiens uniform to date, suiting up for his Habs debut on Tuesday in his 177th career NHL game. 4 – Number o

One accomplished soldier

MONTREAL – Sergei Gonchar is bringing a wealth of NHL experience and plenty of offensive punch along with him to La Belle Province.On Tuesday, the Canadiens acquired the 40-year-old Russian rearguard from the Dallas Stars in exchange for left-winger Travis Moen, adding another veteran presence on the blue line alongside the likes of Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban, Alexei Emelin, Tom Gilbert and Mi


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