You Are Viewing All Posts In The Montreal Canadiens Category

2014 NHL playoffs preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font
Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens faces Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Ligntning

The showdown between Carey Price (left) and Steven Stamkos (right) will be a key to the series. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Regular season recaps

Nov. 12: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (SO)

Dec. 28: Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 (SO)

Feb. 1: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

April 1: Lightning 3, Canadiens 1

Notable injuries

Lightning: G Ben Bishop (wrist, day-to-day), F Ondrej Palat (upper body, day-to-day), F Valtteri Filppula (lower body, day-to-day), F Ryan Malone (personal/legal, day-to-day)

Canadiens: F Travis Moen (concussion, out indefinitely), F Alex Galchenyuk (lower body, out indefinitely), F Brandon Prust (upper body, day-to-day)

Read More…


  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • WATCH: Brian Gionta scores in OT on penalty shot

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta sealed the win in the Habs regular season finale scoring on quite the penalty shot in OT. Gionta beat New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot on a triple-deke that would have made Gordon Bombay proud.

    The first three periods were scoreless and Raphael Diaz was called for a tripping penalty in OT when Gionta got out on a breakaway.

    Gionta wraps up the regular season with 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists).

    Montreal finishes the season with 100 points and will face Tampa Bay in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


  • Published On Apr 12, 2014
  • Douglas Murray ejected in his first game back after suspension

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    (Photo: Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

    Douglas Murray was ejected in his first game back from a three-game suspension. (Photo: Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

     By Mike McMahon 

    It only took Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray 6:29 minutes on ice to find himself in trouble with the league once again.

    The Swedish defenseman was ejected from Thursday night’s game after hitting Islanders forward Johan Sundstrom from behind, sending his fellow countryman hard into the boards and causing an apparent head injury.

    (GIF via @myregularface)

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • SHANABANNED! Habs’ Douglas Murray suspended three games for head shot

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Allan Muir

    The post-assault apology was appreciated by his victim, but it didn’t earn Douglas Murray any leniency from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The DoPS cops dinged the Montreal Canadiens defenseman three games for his ridiculous head shot on Tampa Bay’s Mike Kostka on Tuesday night.

    Kostka was concussed by the hit and has no return date in sight. Both factors played into the ruling. According to Lightning beat writer Missy Zielinski, it took Kostka 20 minutes to realize what was going on around him and he had no recollection of the hit.

    He did, however, appreciate Murray’s apology. “Classy move,” Kostka said. “I don’t think he had malicious intent, but … it was a pretty nasty scary looking hit. I’m thankful I’m standing today.”

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Canadiens end Bruins’ 12-game winning streak in another testy affair

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban jaw during another feisty game between Boston and Montreal. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    Hardly wallflowers, Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban exchanged views during the game. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    By Mike McMahon

    The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens were at it again on Monday night. As usual, there were vicious hits, fights, and packed penalty boxes as their rivalry lived up to its reputation during the teams’ final matchup of the regular season. Here’s the complete recap of the Canadiens snapping the Bruins’ 12-game win streak with 2-1 shootout victory.

    The friendly exchanges began just 1:19 into the contest when Montreal’s Alexei Emelin connected with a hip-check on Boston’s Milan Lucic, to which Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took exception.

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • WATCH: New Hab Vanek steals spotlight from Roy’s return with hat trick

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Nick Stoico

    Surely Thomas Vanek appreciates Patrick Roy’s legacy in Montreal, but that didn’t stop him from stealing the Hall-of-Famer’s thunder on Tuesday. On the night that Roy made his first appearance the city as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Vanek scored his first goal as a Hab en route to a hat trick in their 6-3 win.
    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 19, 2014
  • Patrick Roy returns to Montreal for first time as coach of the Avalanche

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Darian Somers

    Patrick Roy, the legendary goalie for the Canadiens from 1984 to 1995, has returned to Montreal to take on the franchise he backstopped to two Stanley Cups before it famously traded him after a humiliating incident that made him angrily tell Habs president Ronald Corey that he would never play for the Habs again.

    Tonight marks the first time that Roy has visited Montreal’s arena as an enemy coach, but according to him, he reconciled with the Canadiens when his No. 33 was raised to the rafters of the Molson Centre (since renamed the Bell Centre) in 2008. Roy dramatically attended that ceremony and was warmly welcomed.

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • Sabres salute Thomas Vanek with video tribute during Canadiens’ Buffalo visit

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Mike McMahon 

    Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek returned to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Sunday for the first time since the Sabres traded him to the New York Islanders back in October. The Sabres honored their former scoring leader with a video tribute during the first period.

    The crowd showed its gratitude with a standing ovation while Vanek stood near the Habs’ bench and saluted the fans.

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • GIFS: Ottawa players show frustration, anger after Montreal’s OT game-winner

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    The Canadiens scored three goals in less than four minutes to send the game to OT. (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    It just kept getting louder and louder in Montreal as the Canadiens rallied from down three goals to the Senators with less than four minutes left to play, tying the game and forcing overtime. The last two goals were hotly disputed by Ottawa.

    Senators goalie Robin Lehner complained that Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban was in his crease when David Desharnais scored the tying goal in the final second. When Habs blueliner Francis Bouillion tallied the OT winner after the play arguably could have been blown dead, the Senators boiled over.

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • VIDEO: Dustin Tokarski is the victim of a bad bounce for center-ice goal

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font

    By Mike McMahon

    Canadiens back-up goaltender Dustin Tokarski had a moment he’d like to forget in Anaheim tonight.

    The 24-year-old goalie thought he was playing a center ice dump-in from Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, until the puck took a crazy bounce of the stanchion and found its way into the unoccupied net.

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 06, 2014


  •