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Old boys club

BROSSARD – Hockey is a young man’s game, but the Habs’ superior experience has been a key to their success so far this spring.Recent studies conducted by hockey statisticians have concluded that NHL players hit their peak offensive years even sooner than one would previously have assumed. Considering the following: a typical forward in today’s National Hockey League is drafted at age 18, enter

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #3

Two tendencies: There are two ways to look at a playoff series when the Canadiens take a commanding 2-0 lead over a given opponent. The first 51 times the Habs came out on top in the first two games of a best-of-seven series, they went on to win that series 47 times. On the four occasions in which the Canadiens amassed those all-important victories on the road, however, the bleu-blanc-rouge saw th

Rolling

TAMPA – The Canadiens landed in Tampa hoping for one win on road ice. Instead, they’re leaving with two. Coming off a wild 5-4 overtime win on Wednesday in Game 1, the Habs were expecting a tighter-checking, much lower-scoring outing in Game 2. Revisiting the gritty brand of hockey the two teams showcased in four regular season match-ups this year, it was no surprise to see the shot totals di

The Numbers Game - Game #2 - April 18, 2014

TAMPA - Here's a numerical look at Game 2 between the Habs and the Lightning on Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.32 – Number of playoff games played by Carey Price as a member of the Canadiens, taking over sole possession of the seventh spot all time in team history in that category ahead of George Hainsworth. 252 – Number of penalty minutes dished out to the Canadiens and Nordiqu

Game 2 Preview: MTL @ TBL

Eastern Conference First Round Series: Game 2Canadiens (1-0) vs. Lightning (0-1)On Good Friday, the Habs will try to extend their series lead against the Lightning in Tampa Bay.The opening game of the series had its share of gripping moments. In the end, the outcome was as good as it gets for the Canadiens' faithful. Dale Weise scored on a one-timer at 18:08 of the first overtime perio

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #2

1 - Good Friday : While many people will be off work on Friday, the Canadiens will contest Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series against the Lightning. It will mark the sixth time in NHL history that the bleu-blanc-rouge will kick off the Easter break by hitting the ice for a playoff tilt. The Habs boast a stellar 3-0-2 record on Good Friday, with both of the aforementione

Playoff notebook - April 17

TAMPA – In a special playoff edition of the notebook, P.K. talks PP efficiency, Michael Bournival discusses his postseason debut and playoff veteran Daniel Briere knows you don’t win the Cup after Game 1. TAKING THE POWER BACK: Having now gone 0-for-25 on the power play over the past nine games, including an 0-for-2 mark so far in the playoffs, the Canadiens once again split up into two groups

Drama kings

TAMPA – The Canadiens stole home ice advantage back from the Lightning in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night.Entering Game 1 as the “underdog” road team after finishing one point back of the Bolts with 100 points on the season, the Habs leaned heavily on their advantage in the experience department in their first win of the series. From responding to Tampa’s opening goal 19 seconds after it h

The Numbers Game - Game #1 - April 16, 2014

TAMPA - Here's a numerical look at Game 1 between the Habs and the Lightning on Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.12 – Number of Lightning skaters suiting up for their first career NHL playoff games on Wednesday night, with only Michael Bournival and Alexei Emelin making their postseason debuts at the other end of the ice. 2 – Number of points registered by Emelin in his NHL pla

Game 1 Preview: MTL @ TBL

Eastern Conference First Round Series : Game 1Canadiens (0-0) vs. Lightning (0-0)This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. On Wednesday night, the second and third-placed teams of the Atlantic Division will kick off their quest for the Stanley Cup in Tampa, Florida.Both teams have compiled fine regular season records. The Habs hit the 100 point plateau for the first time since 2007-0

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #1

The Centennial Club : To be the best, you need to beat the best. If you have any hope of hoisting the Stanley Cup come June, the chances that you’ll have to battle teams that registered solid regular season records – that is, squads that have amassed 100 points or more in the standings – are quite good. Tampa Bay certainly fits that mold. That being said, the playoff series against the Lightning m

Fire with fire

MONTREAL – Against the Lightning in Game One, the Canadiens appear well equipped to run-and-gun against Tampa’s high-flying offense.For the Montreal Canadiens, one of the focal points of the upcoming series against the Lightning will be how to best contain Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. The former Rocket Richard Trophy winner had an NHL-best 0.68 goal per game this season, only missing out

Number cruncher: Secret weapons

MONTREAL – With a first-round playoff date against the Lightning right around the corner, we look into the contributions of three forwards who could come up huge in the clutch.There will be no shortage of high-profile matchups in the 2013-14 first round playoff series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. With both teams’ top two lines fairly even in terms of talent and p

Setting the mood

BROSSARD – With 82 games in the books in 2013-14, the Canadiens are ready to kick off the real season on Wednesday. Despite cracking the 100-point plateau for just the second time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1993, the Habs will be forced to start the first round of the playoffs on the road in Tampa thanks to the NHL’s new playoff format. With five of the last six Stanley Cups having been

Canadiens sign forward Jacob de la Rose to a three-year contract

MONTREAL (April 14, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced today the signing of forward Jacob de la Rose to a three-year, entry level contract (2014-15 à 2016-17).In 49 games with the Leksand Idrottsförening in the Swedish Elitserien this season, de la Rose recorded 7 goals and 6 helpers for a total of 13 points. He was also assessed 18 penalty minutes and had a

First round schedule

SERIES B - A2 vs. A3 Tampa Bay vs Montreal1.Wednesday, April 167 p.m.Montreal at Tampa BayCBC, RDS, CNBC2. Friday, April 187 p.m.Montreal at Tampa BayCBC, RDS, CNBC3. Sunday, April 207 p.m.Tampa Bay at MontrealCBC, RDS, NBCSN4. Tuesday, April 227 p.m.Tampa Bay at MontrealCBC, RDS, NHLN U.S.5. *Thursday, April 247 p.m.Montreal at Tampa BayCBC, RDS, CNBC6. *Sunday, April

Ready for battle

MONTREAL – A day after being declared the Canadiens’ unsung hero for the 2013-14 campaign, Brian Gionta sent the squad he’s captained for the last four years into the NHL playoffs on a resounding high note.The 12-year NHL veteran’s penalty shot tally at the 2:04 mark of overtime lifted Michel Therrien’s troops to an all-important 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on Satu

The Numbers Game - April 12, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Rangers game on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.4 – Number of times the Canadiens have gone up against the New York Rangers in their last game of the regular season, including Saturday night’s tilt at the Bell Centre. The Habs held a 2-0-1-0 record against New York under similar circumstances entering the game when it was contested on Montrea

Canadiens sign goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a two-year contract extension

PRESS RELEASEMONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today a two-year contract extension for goaltender Dustin Tokarski (2014-15 to 2015-16). In three games with the Canadiens in 2013-14, Tokarski registered a 2-0-0 record, including his first career win with the Canadiens, on March 5 at Anaheim. The 5’11’’and 195 lbs goaltender earned his first career shutout

Game preview: MTL vs. NYR

CANADIENS (45-28-8) vs. RANGERS (45-31-5)The Canadiens will close out the 2013-14 regular season against the New York Rangers, Saturday night at the Bell Centre.The Habs are coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands of the New York Islanders on Thursday. Rookies Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson scored powerplay goals to help the non-playoff team come away with two points at the Bell Centre. Carey Pri

Consensus pick

BROSSARD – Despite taking a back seat to younger, flashier teammates, Brian Gionta is still one of his team’s biggest assets at both ends of the ice.Hockey is a not always the safest sport to play, and those who have suffered injuries on the ice may not totally agree with the statement “What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.” Still, Canadiens captain Brian Gionta has managed to overcome two

Carey Price named the Canadiens 2013-14 Molson Cup player of the year

PRESS RELEASEMONTREAL (April 11, 2014) – Goaltender Carey Price is the Montreal Canadiens Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season.Born in Anahim Lake, British Columbia, Price, who was the Canadiens’ Player-of-the-Month in October, January and April, finished ahead of teammates Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher.The netminder played 58 ga

Brian Gionta voted the 2013-14 Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy recipient

MONTREAL (April 11, 2014) – Members of the media covering the Montreal Canadiens voted forward Brian Gionta as the 2013-14 recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the member of the Canadiens who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honor. Gionta succeeds forward Brandon Prust who was the recipient in 2012-13.

Letting go

MONTREAL – The Habs were upended at home by a team which played with more hunger and cohesion. Still, there are good things to look forward to.Predicting the outcome of any given NHL game is no simple matter. On Thursday night, the Canadiens came into a match-up against the New York Islanders holding a 25-point edge plus home-ice advantage. A betting man would have considered the bleu-blanc-ro

The Numbers Game - April 10, 2014

MONTREAL - Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Islanders game on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.6 – Years since the Habs last swept the season series against the New York Islanders. In 2007-08, the Canadiens went 4-0 in the regular season against the Islanders, outscoring the New Yorkers 14-3.2871 – Combined NHL regular season games played by the Canadiens’ starting lineup against the I

Game preview: MTL vs. NYI

CANADIENS (45-27-8) vs. ISLANDERS (31-37-11)Playing in its second-to-last game of the regular season, the Canadiens will square off against the New York Islanders on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.The Montreal Canadiens could clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a win of any kind against the New Yor

Fine tuning

CHICAGO – Wednesday’s game gave the Habs a chance to make some final adjustments before gearing up for the playoffs.With Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Carey Price all staying back in Montreal during the team’s trip to Chicago to rest, the Canadiens had some different faces in uniform against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. A late addition to the lineup after Lars Eller was forced to sit

The Numbers Game - April 9, 2014

CHICAGO - Here's a numerical look at the Habs-Blackhawks game on Wednesday night at the United Center.1973 – The most recent year only one Canadian team qualified for the NHL postseason, with the Habs now officially representing Canada’s lone shot at the Cup in 2013-14 after the Leafs were statistically eliminated on Tuesday night. 12 – Number of years since the Canadiens last won a regula

Game preview: MTL @ CHI

CANADIENS (45-27-7) VS. BLACKHAWKS (45-19-15)On Wednesday night at the United Center, the Habs will face the defending Stanley Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks.The Habs are on an 8-2 run leading up to the game, having dismissed the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 at the Bell Centre on Saturday. Brian Gionta had two goals for the home team in his 300th game as a Habs while Lars Eller and Jarred Tinor

Final approach

BROSSARD – With a scant three games left in the regular season, Habs players and coaches discussed the balancing act taking place within a playoff-bound team.With the playoff picture almost completely set, coaching staffs and players across the NHL are being confronted with a tricky dilemma. While franchises destined to miss out on the postseason are giving their young prospects some top-level


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