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Friday, December 31, 2010

Highlights: Canadiens @ Panthers

Wisniewski Leads Canadiens Past Panthers With OT Winner

Auld Makes 20 saves in the 3-2 Habs victory (Auld's record is 2-2-0).



















(21-16-2) Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Florida Panthers (16-17-2)
                                           Final Ot

Today it was New Years Eve and the Canadiens would love to End 2010 with a victory in front of there Home fans which traveled to Forte Lauder dale to see the Habs win.I was in attendance at this game and the arena was packed with Habs fans. I would say over 90 % of the people watching the game were Habs fans and they picked the right day to go watch a hockey game as the Habs beat the Panthers 3-2 in overtime. It all started in the second, when Weiss scored 28 seconds into the period. Then shortly after that when Kullikov scored to make it 2-0 Panthers. But the Habs didn't give up hope. With 9 minutes to go in the second, the Canadiens got a powerplay and Wisniewski slapped one past Vokoun to get his first as a Hab to cut the lead to 1.

Then less than a minute later the Habs went on another powerplay and Brian Gionta would score on a rebound to tie the game at 2-2. There was no scoring in the third so it went to overtime. In overtime with about 1 minute and a half to go Mike Cammalleri came up the right wing and took a shot and it was stopped but James Wisniewski would score on the rebound for his second of the game and the game winner. In the victory, Auld made 20 saves in his 4th game of the season. As for the Panthers, Vokoun made 45 saves in the loss.

With this win the Habs have now snapped there 3 game losing streak."We were all feeling the pressure," Cammalleri said. "We wanted to get out of it and we were able to get out of it. Sometimes to get out of these it takes a game like this where you don't score six or seven goal, but it takes 64 minutes and 48 shots to get it done." The Canadiens ended a tough road trip with a record of  2-7-0 and they will return home to face the Thrashers on January 2nd.

Written & Photo By Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, December 30, 2010

CANADIENS GAME SCORES FROM THE PAST WEEK















 GAME Scores:

  CANADIENS 1-4 ISLANDERS

CANADIENS 0-3 CAPITALS

CANADIENS 4-1 LIGHTNING

Monday, December 27, 2010

JUST LETTING YOU KNOW.......

















Hey fans of the Habs and my Blog, I'm just letting you know that I'm going to take a 1 week break from my Blog and I will return to write on January 4th. I will give you a quick summary all the Canadiens games I missed.

Sincerely,
Andrew Di Pardo

Friday, December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ANDREW DI PARDO

















Merry Christmas everyone.

Highlights: Canadiens @ Hurricanes

CANADIENS SNAP LOSING STREAK WITH A 3-2 WIN















(20-13-2) Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Carolina Hurricanes (15-14-4)
                                              Final

Last night in Carolina, the Hurricanes took the lead early with a goal from Larose but were unable to hold on as 2 minutes after that Gomez came back down the other way and tied it. Then in the second, the Hurricanes had a 2-1 lead but the Habs were on the powerplay and Plekanecs centering pass went right to Kostitsyn who buried it to tie the game. Then with the Habs still on the powerplay, Picards point shot beat Ward to give the Habs the 3-2 lead going into the third. In the third it was all Carolina, but Carey Price was there to make 10 third period saves and a game total of 22 saves to lead the Habs to a 3-2 victory.

"Our special teams have always been pretty important for us," goalie Carey Price said. "It won us the game."With this win, the Habs have now snapped there 4 game road losing streak and there overall losing streak of 2 games."We had good control of the hockey game -- although they scored the two goals, I thought we played well, and we did things that we wanted to do," Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. The Habs next game will be on Boxing day.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

THE MAPLE LEAF BY ANDREW DI PARDO

Highlights: Canadiens @ Stars

HABS FALL TO THE STARS 5-2
















(19-13-2) Montreal Canadiens 2-5 Dallas Stars (21-10-3)
                                              Final
Last night in Dallas, the Stars were dominated by the Habs but in the end they won 5-2 thanks to great play by former Flyers playoff hero Leighton. Leighton was the reason why the Flyers went on to beat the Habs in the 3rd round and he his the reason why Dallas won last night."We wanted to pounce on them," said Richards. "We got a lead and never gave it up. It was a great effort all the way through."In the lose, Price made 12 saves on 17 shots and Gionta scored and Darche scored his career high 6th goal of the season.

As for the Stars in there win, Burish, Benn,Skraskins,Richards and Erikesson scored for them and Leighton made 25 saves on 27 shots."It wasn't good all around," Price said. "We couldn't get a break. That's a team that's a blue-collar team. They brought a lunch-bucket effort and got rewarded for it."The Habs next game will be tonight against the Hurricanes at 7pm E.t on RDS and TSN-HD.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Monday, December 20, 2010

Highlights: Canadiens @ Avalanche

HABS BATTLE HARD BUT END WITH A LOSE
















(19-12-2) Montreal Canadiens 2-3 Colorado Avalanche (19-10-4)
                                               Final

Last night in Colorado, the Habs started off there 7 game road trip on a losing note. As the Avalanche beat the Habs 3-2 for there 6th straight win."We found a way," Anderson said. "It doesn't matter if it's 3-2 or 6-5, we're finding ways to win."In the victory, Wilson, Porter and Gagliardi scored  and Anderson made 27 saves. In the Lose the Habs scored 2 powerplay goals, one from Cammalleri and the other from Picard. Carey Price also played well in the lose as he made 25 saves.

It was one of those games for Montreal, as they had chance after chance but they just couldn't score."We've got a good thing going," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "The one thing we've got to guard against is not getting too high. We should be proud of the fact we've won six in a row, but we've got to keep on an even keel. I like the direction the team is going and the way we played tonight."

After the game Colorado goalie made a mistake by slashing a Canadiens forward after the game clock ran out. The NHL will probably look at this and may consider a suspension.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Friday, December 17, 2010

Highlights:Bruins@ Canadiens

CANADIENS DEFEAT RIVALS ON HOME ICE
















(16-10-4) Boston Bruins 3-4 Montreal Canadiens (19-11-2)
                                      Final

Last night in Montreal, the Canadiens had everything going there way. I'll tell you why. In the First period Cammalleri was taken down on a breakaway. So theres a penalty shot awarded and he deked out Thomas for the goal. Shortly after that Lapierre scored on a rebound to make it 2-0. Now with the score at 2-1, Paciorettys centering pass goes off a defenders skate and into the net to make it 3-1.In the second, the Bruins would get it back with a goal from Savard thats his first of the year.

Then with 5 minutes to play in the second Cammalleri drops the gloves with tough guy Krejci and Cammalleri takes him down. That sparked his team because shortly after that Gionta would tally what would go onto to be the game winning goal as the Habs win this game snapping there losing streak 4-3 is your final. In the win Carey Price made 34 saves."I wasn't to happy with our end result last game, but that's the great thing about back-to-back games -- you get another chance right away," said Price. "I got the run support and it worked out for us."

The Habs next game will be Sunday against the Avalanche.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Highlights: Flyers @ Canadiens

CANADIENS DROP 3 STRAIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON















(21-7-5) Philedelphia Flyers 5-3 Montreal Canadiens (18-11-2)
                                          Final

Last night in Montreal, the Canadiens had the good the bad and ugly as they lost 5-3 to the Flyers. It started back in the first, when Jeff Carter scored a late goal off a turnover by Subban. then in the second,James van Riemsdykshot the puck off Gill`s skate to make it 2-0. Late in the period, the Habs would get one back on the powerplay as Subban ripped it home for his second of the season and first NHL goal on home ice. Then the Flyers would get it back in the final frame, with a rap around goal by Zherdev. But the Habs would reaspond to tie it with a goal by Plekanec and then Gionta.

But the Flyers never gave up. Price made 1 save and the reabound was cleared up the middle by Hamirlik and van Riemsdyk would put it in. Then shortly after that Gomez made a bad play, as he played the puck from the netural zone back into his zone right to Subban who lost the puck and Giroux came in and scored. Game over. There was no chance of a come back after that due to a couple of bad plays by Hamirlik who should have cleared it to the side instead of the middle and Gomez who should have dumped it to center instead of playing it into his own zone.

"It was almost like a playoff game, you want to win the game. You want to do what you can to get the two points but it didn't happen for us," said Subban.The Habs next game is tonight against the Bruins.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Highlights: Canadiens @ Leafs

HABS FALL TO LEAFS IN TORONTO















(18-10-2) Montreal Canadiens 1-3 Toronto Maple Leafs (11-14-4)
                                               Final

Last Night in Toronto, the Canadiens were unable to score as the Maple Leafs beat the Habs 3-1. It all sarted back in the fist when Auld lost sight of the puck at the side of the net and Kessel found it and tapped it in. Shortly after that, Kaberle snapped a weak shot past Auld to make it 2-0. But late in the second the Habs would reaspond with a goal by Cammalleri. But that's as close as they would get as they lost 3-1.

"You look at the whole week and we essentially did something (no one expected)," said coach Ron Wilson. "I don't think anybody said we were even going to win one of those games. We won three of them so I'm proud of our team."In this game the Habs just couldn't beat Gigure as he stopped 22 of 23 shots. As for the Leafs they had no problem scoring goals on Auld as he gave up 2 weak goals early on and the Habs just lost there confidence as they only scored 1 goal.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Highlights: Senators @ Canadiens

HABS SCORE 3 THIRD PWRIOD GOALS TO LEAD TO A 4-1 VICTORY















(12-15-2) Ottawa Senators 1-4 Montreal Canadiens (18-8-2)
                                           Final

Last night in Montreal, The Canadiens had a fast start to the game against the Sens by scoring a goal on the powerplay from Mike Cammalleri. But they slowed down from there as with 8.5 seconds to go in the first Nick Foligno scored the tieing goal on the powerplay.  So after one the score is 1-1. There was 0 goals in the second even though Montreal had a 5 minute and a 4 minute pwerplay. But in the third the Habs would wake up. It was a 2 on 1 for Lapierre and Halpern and Lapierre played it right to Halpern who buried it to give the Habs the lead.

Then the Habs on a 2 on 1 again, Gionta had the puck and shot it past Leclaire to make it 3-1. Shortly after that Leclaire left the game due to skate problems. So Elliot took over. But he didn't do well. As Gionta took a nice shot off  Elliot's mask and then Hamirlik batted it out of mid air to mkae it 4-1 and that is your final. In this game, the Habs won because of Price's great play in the second as he made 13 second period saves and made a total of 27 saves."We've said all year that our goalie's given us a chance to win every game," Halpern said.

"When we've had a couple of lulls in our season, he's come out with unbelievable performances.He covers up a lot of mistakes that we make as a team, but he also gives us confidence to feel good about the way we're playing and to get on things." With this win the Habs have won 3 games in a row and currently sit in a comfortable spot in the East as they are in third and are 1 point away from second which is the team the Habs nocked out in round 1 of the playoffs last season (the Washington Capitals). The Habs next game will be Fiday against the Wings.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Sunday, December 5, 2010

INJURY UPDATE: MARKOV OUT FOR THE SEASON
















According to sources, Habs Defenseman Andrei Markov will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The doctor that will be working on his left Knee is Doctor James Andrew.

Quick injury update written By Andrew Di Pardo

Highlights: Sharks @ Canadiens

DARCHE,PLEKANEC & CAMMALLERI SCORE TO LEAD MONTREAL TO A VICTORY.


















(12-9-4) San Jose Sharks 1-3 Montreal Canadiens (17-8-2)
                                      Final

Yesterday afternoon in Montreal, the Canadiens once again had everything going there way as they were able to beat the Sharks 3-1. 6 minutes into the game, Poulits shot went wide but it went right to Darche who buried it to make it 1-0. Then with 6 minutes to go in the period, Ferriero scores on a bad play by Price. Price played around his own net and Ferriero would get Price out of position to score the goal that tied it. But Price would reaspond as kept the Habs in this one as the Sharks were throwing everything at him but he kept the game tied. Then with 6 minutes to go in the second, Plekanec takes the puck from behind the Sharks net and Dekes out 3 players and fires it past Niemi to give the Habs the lead.

Then in the third, Hamirlik had a breakawy and it was stopped but Cammalleri was there to put in the reabound as the Habs win this one 3-1 is your final. What a game for Price, he stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win."We knew coming in they were a very good defensive team probably with the best goaltender in the league right now, you have to score more than one," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "Thought some of our guys that we count on, our key players offensively didn't have their legs and didn't skate and as a result weren't as effective offensively as we needed them to be."

The Habs next game will be Tuesday aginst the Senators.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Friday, December 3, 2010

CANADIENS OVERPOWER THE DEVILS WITH A 5-1 VICTORY


















(16-8-2) Montreal Canadiens 5-1 New Jersey Devils (8-15-2)
                                             Final

Last night in New Jersey, the Canadiens were just to strong for the Devils. As the Canadiens had good pressure in front of the Devils Net, They had great goaltending from Price (made 27 saves on 28 shots) and they were able to score goals. It all started 15 seconds into the first, when Brian Gionta scored on a rebound to make it 1-0. Just 1 minute later, Lars Eller took the puck from end to end on his own and scored a nice rap-around goal to make it 2-0. Then in the second, the Habs got 3 more goals from, Gomez,Pyatt and Pouliot to make it 5-0. Arnott would score a 3rd period goal to break Price's shutout. But the Canadiens would win 5-1 is your final.

"We all knew it wasn't good enough yesterday," Eller said. "It was mistakes that are easily fixed. We also quickly forgot about it. We've been good a coming back after a loss, and I think we showed that again. We were ready from the start today."

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Highlights: Oilers @ Canadiens

CANADIENS FALL TO OILERS IN OT
















(8-12-4) Edmonton Oilers 4-3 Montreal Canadiens (15-8-2)
                                       Final

Last night in Montreal, the Oilers played well against the Habs as they rallied down 3-1 to win it 4-3 in overtime. It all started back in the first, the Habs got on the board first with a Goal by Gomez. But the Oilers tied it up with a goal from Foster. But in the second the Habs took temporally control with 2 goals from Darche and Hamirlik. But the Oilers didn't give up. In the third they got a couple of goals to tie it. One from Hemsky and one from Gagne. So both teams grab a point. Were off to overtime. In overtime, Penner stoll the puck from Subban and had a breakaway and he scored to win it for the Oilers. 4-3 is your final.


"I like to think it was karma because of the saves that Price made on me earlier, with a chance like that especially in overtime, the puck was rolling and I kind of just sprinted towards it," Penner said. "I just made sure I knocked it ahead, it was a play that you see happen a lot in overtime." In the loss, Carey Price made 29 saves. In the win, Dubnyk made 36 saves."It's exciting, we were fighting pretty hard in the third and to be able to comeback, we've had struggles following up wins with wins," Gagner said. "To come back to tie the game and have Pens win it was huge." The Habs next game is tonight against the Devils.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Highlights: Sabres @ Canadiens

GIONTA AND PRICE LEAD THE CANADIENS TO A VICTORY














(9-13-3) Buffalo Sabres 1-3 Montreal Canadiens (15-8-1)
                                      Final

Last Night In Montreal, the Habs took the lead and never looked back as they won 3-1. Andrei Kostitsyn opened the scoreing for Montreal in the first on a powerplay. Then in the second Gionta had 2 goals to make it 3-0. With 1 and a half to go in the game it looked like Price was headed for his 5th shutout but Leopold's slap shot from the point beat Price to break the shutout. But that's as close as they got as the Habs won this game 3-1 is your final. "We wanted to get it for him," said Gionta. "There was a minute left, so we had a good chance get it for him, but it just didn't work out." But in the win Price was solided as he made 34 saves on 35 shots.

But how about Gionta in this game, he's been having problems all season scoring but not in this game as he had 2 goals and 1 assist."If you keep putting it on the net good things will happen," said Gionta. "I've talked about it before, we've been getting chances and eventually they were going to go in." In the lose Ryan Miller played well as he made 30 saves on 33 shots. But his team just couldn't handle the speed of the Canadiens as they were unable to get any offense until the third when the Canadiens were toying with them.

"At times we look all right out there (in the second period)," said Ruff. "(We) couldn't work things on the backside and had to adjust because shots were getting through ... we tried some different looks." The Habs next game will be December 1st against the OIlers, yes I know winter is coming, so get your boots and snow jackets ready as it's going to be a long winter.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Highlights: Canadiens @ Thrashers

AULD GETS A RARE START IN NET AND HE COMES OUT ON THE LOSING END
















(14-8-1)  Montreal Canadiens 0-3 Atlanta Thrashers (11-9-3)
                                              Final

Last night in Atlanta, the Habs had nothing go for them. They couldn't get any pucks to the aposing teams net, they couldn't block shots and the list goes on and on as they lose 3-0 to the Thrashers (who have won 4 staright). Late in the first Atlanta got on the board, with a goal from Peverly from a bad angle to make it 1-0. Then 10 minutes into the second Enstrom took a simple shot from the point and it found it's way past Auld to make it 2-0. Then shortly after that Peverly scored another goal to make it 3-0 and that's your final.

"The first one (goal) was a broken play. The puck just kept bouncing. It was a lucky bounce, it found the hole," Peverley said. "The second one, I just shot it, and it went in." In the lose Auld made 44 saves. As for the Thrashers, Pavolec made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season."They're definitely on a roll. Their goalie's making saves. They're getting getting contributions from everyone. They're a solid team on the rise," Auld said. The Habs next game will be tonight against the Sabres. Price will get the start for Montreal.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS Kings @ Canadiens

ELLER GETS HIS FIRST NHL GOAL AS THE CANADIENS GRAB A WIN AGAINST THE KINGS
















(13-8-0) Los Angeles Kings 1-4 Montreal Canadiens (14-7-1)
                                          Final

Last night in Montreal, the Habs continued to get great play from Carey Price and they continued to score as they beat the Kings 4-1. Back in the first period the Habs got on the borad first with a powerplay goal from Kostitsyn thats his 8th on the year and the Canadiens have the lead. Then with 2 minutes to go in the first Cammalleri slaps the puck past Bernier to make it 2-0. But in the second the Kings would get it back with a goal from Johnson. But just 2 minutes after that, Gionta's centering pass goes right to Plekanec who will put it home to make it 3-1. Then with 5 minutes to go in the second Lars Eller gets a rebound and spins and shoots it into the net for his 1st  goal as a Canadien to seal the deal as the Habs win this game 4-1 is your final.

"It was a relief, a great feeling and I don't really know how to explain it," said Eller,Eller said. "There's a lot of things that are more important though, it's not the priority."In the win, Carey Price made 24 saves on 25 shots. The Kings were just unable to beat Price in this game."That's something that keeps happening to us, we got to get better and figure that all out," Murray said. This start for Price was the NHL's high 21st start. But Price isn't showing any signs of being tired as the Habs win another game.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Highlights Canadiens @ Flyers

FLYERS RALLY WITH 3 STRAIGHT GOALS TO BEAT THE CANADIENS 3-2
















(13-7-1) Montreal Canadiens 2-3 Philadelphia Flyers (14-6-2)
                                            Final

Last night in Philadelphia, the Habs got off to a great start by getting 2 goals from Lapierre to make it 2-0. But the Flyers would respond with a goal from Leino to cut the lead to 1 goal. Then in the third the Flyers would add 2 more goals which were from Giroux and Van Riemsdyk to make it 3-2. That is your final."We dominated the first period and it was the reverse in the second," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. "They dominated the second and took some momentum away and the third period continued by just getting pucks in deep and outworking us in our zone."

Carey Price was great for Montreal in the lose as he made 42 saves on 45 shots. But his team couldn't score. As Boucher made 29 saves on 31 shots."The saves he made in the first period were incredible," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "He was sharp. Then he continued that way through the rest of the game. I thought he was terrific."The Habs next game will be Wednesday against the Kings.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Highlights: Leafs @ Canadiens

PRICE MAKES 30 SAVES AS HE SHUTS OUT THE LEAFS
















(7-9-3) Toronto Maple Leafs 0-2 Montreal Canadiens (13-6-1)
                                            Final

Last Night in Montreal, before the game the Habs and Leafs honored the death of Pat Burns by having a moment of silence before the game and putting P.B on there helmets."He was a special person and he did a lot of great things in this league for both teams," Price said.After that the game begain and it was another great night for Carey Price as he got his 4th shutout of the year in a 2-0 win  and it came against an original 6 revelry the Toronto Maple Leafs. This was the first time the Habs have shutout Toronto at home since november 12th 1976 when Ken Dryden was on the team (it was a 5-0 win).

Lets look back to period 2 of this game. In that period with the score 0-0 and the Habs shorthanded the Leafs iced the puck. The Habs won the face off right back to Spacek who fired the puck on net and it was tipped in front by Jeff Halpern thats his 5th of the year and the Habs lead 1-0. Then in the thid the Habs would add to that lead thanks to a big giveaway that went right infront of the net by former Hab Mike Komisarek and it went right to Cammalleri who fires it home to make it 2-0.

That would be your final as Carey Price got another shutout."Last year saw tremendous growth for Carey Price," said coach Jacques Martin. "He had a tough tie believing that what was happening to him was going to be good for his career.Maturity and composure have been key to his success."In the lose, the Monster made 37 saves. But it wasn't his falt that his team lost it was the fact that the Leafs couldn't beat Price and they couldn't handle the speed of the Canadiens.

As in this game the Habs were skating circles around the Leafs. But what are you going to do. The main reason why the Leafs lost was that Komisarek looked like he thought he was still on the Habs as he gave a nice pass right to Cammalleri who put it in. It seemed like the Leafs gave up hope after that one."It was a tough play," said Komisarek. "You try to hit the guy in the middle and it passed between two guys.It was the right play. I just have to execute it better."Overall it was an even game but the team that was able to score won.

















Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Ps:The Habs next game will be Monday against the Flyers.

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2011 NHL All-Star Ballot Presented by XM

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pat Burns Died at the Age of 58



Pat Burns past away yesterday at the adge of 58 in Quebec from Cancer. Burns was one of the best coaches in the NHL. He lead the Canadiens to the stanley cup final in 1989 but came up short. He took Toronto to the conference Final in 1993. He lead New Jersey to a Stanley cup in 2003.Burns has won the Adams Trophy as the NHL's top bench boss with three different teams( Montreal in 1989, Toronto in 1993 and Boston in 1998)"Just as they will remember Pat for his success as a coach, hockey fans also will remember his humour, his honesty, his humanity and his courage," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "As it mourns the loss of an outstanding contributor to the game, the National Hockey League sends heartfelt condolences to Pat's family and friends."


Pat's Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
MTL 1988–89 80 53 18 9 - 115 1st in Adams Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
MTL 1989–90 80 41 28 11 - 93 3rd in Adams Lost in Second Round
MTL 1990–91 80 39 30 11 - 89 2nd in Adams Lost in Second Round
MTL 1991–92 80 41 28 11 - 93 1st in Adams Lost in Second Round
TOR 1992–93 84 44 29 11 - 99 3rd in Norris Lost in Third Round
TOR 1993–94 84 43 29 12 - 98 2nd in Central Lost in Third Round
TOR 1994–95 48 21 19 8 - 50 4th in Central Lost in First Round
TOR 1995–96 65 25 30 10 - (80) 3rd in Central (fired)
BOS 1997–98 82 39 30 13 - 91 2nd in Northeast Lost in First Round
BOS 1998–99 82 39 30 13 - 91 3rd in Northeast Lost in Second Round
BOS 1999–00 82 24 33 19 6 73 5th in Northeast Did Not Qualify
BOS 2000–01 8 3 4 1 0 (88) 4th in Northeast (fired)
NJ 2002–03 82 46 20 10 6 108 1st in Atlantic Won Stanley Cup
NJ 2003–04 82 43 25 12 2 100 2nd in Atlantic Lost in First Round
Total
1019 501 353 151 14 - - 2003 Stanley Cup

Friday, November 19, 2010

Highlights: Preditors @ Canadiens

CANADIENS FAIL TO SCORE AS THEY LOSE 3-0















(8-6-3) Nashville Predators 3-0 Montreal  Canadiens (12-6-1)
                                           Final

Last night in Montreal, the Habs were struggling to score goals. Thanks to great goaltending from Rinne (who made a total of 30 saves). Rinne got the offense suport to back it up. In the first period, there were no goals. But in the second, Nashville went on the powerplay and former Hab Boulion centerd the puck right Goc who buried it past Price to make it 1-0. Then in the third they would get insurance with a goal from O`Reilly to make it 2-0. Then with 8 minutes to play, Goc skated right in and fired a shot past Carey Price that`s his second of the night and 5th of the season as the Preditors win this one 3-0 is your final.

The Problem in this game for Montreal was simple. They just couldn`t score. They had breakaways shots from the point shots on a open net but nothing went in. Thanks to Rinne."It's exciting to come to Montreal and to play one of the top teams in the league," said Rinne. "We played the same way last year and this year we played really well as a team and that's the story behind it, I guess." In the lose, Carey Price played well and he made 27 saves.

"At some points we started to have momentum, but it was too little too late," said Canadiens' captain Brian Gionta. "We could have been a lot better in many different areas tonight." The Habs next game will be Saturday night at home against the Leafs.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Highlights: Flyers @ Canadiens

PRICE MAKES 41 SAVES TO SHUTOUT THE FLYERS
















(12-5-2) Philadelphia Flyers 0-3 Montreal Canadiens (12-5-1)
                                           Final

Last night in Montreal, The Habs fans were on their feet at the Bell Centre due to a 41 save shutout performance by Price. This was the first time the Canadiens and Flyers have met since the Flyers knocked out Montreal in the conference final in 5 games. The Habs showed that they can beat them. As the Canadiens rolled to a 3-0 win.It all started back in the first period when the Habs went on the powerplay.

Gionta's centering pass went right to Cammalleri who smacks it home to make it 1-0 after one period.  Then in the second, it was a one on one chance for Plekanec and he took a shot that beat Bobrosky to make it 2-0. Then in the third the Habs would seal the deal with another powerplay goal from captain Gionta to make it 3-0. That is your final. Through those 3 periods the Flyers fired shot after shot on Carey Price but he made the saves on the rest of the team got the goals.

"We had a lot of quality chances in the first two periods and we couldn't find a goal," said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. "Their goalie played pretty well and the frustration showed in the third period."We didn't play the same way." In the lose, Bobrosky made 25 saves on 28 shots."We know if we make a mistake he'll help us out by making that big save and then we just have to look after the little things in front of the net," defenceman Jaroslav Spacek said of Price. The Habs next game will be Thursday against the Predators.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Saturday, November 13, 2010

HABS BEAT UP ON THE CANES 7-2 IS YOUR FINAL
















(8-9-0) Carolina Hurricanes 2-7 Montreal Canadiens (11-5-1)
                                           Final

Tonight in Montreal, it was a good night for the Habs as they scored tunes of goals as they won this game against the Hurricanes 7-2 the Final. It all started back in the first period, when Plekanec scored on a back hand to beat Ward. That's Plekanec's 6th of the season. Then with 2 minutes to go in the first Plekanec centred the puck right to Cammalleri who would put it home to make it 2-0 on his 4th on the year.

Then in the second with the Canes on the powerplay, Babchuk scored to cut the lead to one. They would go onto tie the game with a goal from former Hab Tom Kostopoulos. But the Habs would get it back with a goal from Brian Gionta on a simple wrist shot that beat Ward to give Montreal a 3-2 lead. Then with 5 minutes to play in the second Lapierre came in on a breakaway and did a spin a Rama and fired it past Ward again to make it 4-2. Then on the powerplay, Pouliot fired it top shelf to make it 5-2.

That was it for Ward as he was replaced by Peters. But it wouldn't stop Montreal.With the score still 5-2, the Hurricanes had a great chance to make it 5-3 but Price dove across the crease and made a great glove save. That's the highlight of the night. Th fans gave him a standing ovation for his 28 save performance. As they added 2 more goals from Kostitsyn and Darche as they went onto win it 7-2 is your final.

But it wasn't all good for Montreal as Markov left the game with a knee injury. But besides that Montreal had everything going there way. They had great goaltending from Price, All 4 lines were scoring and they had great defense. They desverd to win.  The Habs nexted game will be Tuesday against the team that knocked them out of the post season the Flyers. It will be on TSN-M and RDS.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

ALL STAR NEW FORMAT 2011













The NHL announced that the 2011 All star game will have a new format. The new format is the conference vs. conference format will be replaced by a player draft. The captains of the 2 teams will chose there teams.“There is no doubt that the competitive juices will rise when the players themselves select the line-ups for their All-Star teams as well as deciding who will go head-to-head in the skills challenges,” said Mike Ouellet, NHLPA Chief of Business Affairs. “The league and the NHLPA are looking forward to the excitement this new format will create for the fans, and the players, at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Carolina.”

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Friday, November 12, 2010

Highlights: Canadiens @ Bruins 11/12/10

GIONTA AND SUBBAN SCORE ON THE POWERPLAY TO LEAD THE HABS TO A WIN

















(10-5-1) Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Boston Bruins (8-4-1)
                                             Final

Last night in Boston, it was an original 6 rivalry between the Bruins and the Canadiens. Last season Montreal won 5 of 6 games vs Boston they were looking to continue that last night.In the first period, Montreal went on a powerplay which has only got 3 goals this season (the worst in the NHL). They were looking to turn it around. They did with a one timer by Subban that found it's way past Rask to make it 1-0 on his first NHL regular season goal of his career (he had 1 playoff goal last season). The Bruins would respond with a goal from Chara from the point that's his 4th of the year. Now lets jump to the third, Montreal was on a powerplay. Cammalleri skated in from the top on the goalies left circle and faked a shot and passed it right to Gionta who one timed it into the net to make it 2-1.

That was the first time in 35 games that Montreal has scored 2 powerplay goals in one game. The last time was Febuary 13th 2010 against the Flyers in a 6-2 loss. But there was no losing here at least not for the Canadiens. Who would add one more goal from Scott Gomez on a rebound. That's Gomez's first point in 12 games and first goal in 14 games and it came in his 800th NHL game to make it 3-1. That would be your final as the Habs continue to win hockey games."Beating two top teams like Vancouver and Boston -- especially Boston -- is great," said Price. "They were only two (points) behind us in the standings and had some games in hand, and we didn't want to be tied with them."

In the win, Carey Price made 34 saves on 35 shots. As for the Bruins netminder, Rask made 38 saves on 41 shots. "We ran out of legs, and progressively our game got worse and made every part of our game look bad," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "When you have a fresh team waiting for you at home, and a divisional game, it's tough." The Habs next game will be Saturday against the Hurricanes on CBC-M and RDS-HD at 7:08pm E.t is the puck drop.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, November 11, 2010

HABS TRADE O'BYRNE TO COLORADO






















Today in Montreal, Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier traded defenseman Ryan O'Byne to the Colorado Avalanche for prospect Michael Bournival.“It’s going to be tough to leave these guys. I know a lot of these guys really well and developed some close friendships,” explained O’Byrne. “Unfortunately that’s the business; that’s hockey. One second you’re having breakfast with them and laughing with the guys and the next second, you’re booking flights to Columbus.” O'Byne only played 3 games this season and he had no points and no blocked shots.

The Habs in my opinion got ride of O'Byne because there is no room for him on the team. If Markov was not playing that O'Byne would be.  Montreal doesn't want to send O'Byne down to the AHL because they feel that he's earned his place in the NHL. That's why he got traded. But it is what it is.“Getting drafted by the Montreal Canadiens is something I’ll always remember. Being part of the 100th anniversary is something I’ll always remember,” O'Byne said. “But I think the number one memory for me is having my No. 3 retired in that ceremony and being the last guy to wear the No. 3 is something I’ll never forget. I mean, it wasn’t retired for me, but that’s something that will stick with you.”

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Highlights: Cannucks @ Canadiens 11/10/10

CAREY PRICE SHUTS DOWN THE CANUCKS
















(8-4-2) Vancouver Canucks 0-2 Montreal Canadiens (9-5-1)
                                        Final

Last night in Montreal, Carey Price outplayed Luongo as Price made 34 saves for his second shuttout of the year (which ended the Canucks 6 game win streak).Andrei Markov opened the scoring on a rebound and Hamirlik added a powerplay goal in the third to make it 2-0. But what happend to the Canucks on this night? They just couldn't score."It's always disappointing to lose, that's first and foremost," Luongo said. "It's the first game of our road trip and we really wanted to get off to a good start so it's going to be important to regroup (Wednesday), have a good practice and come ready to play against the Senators."In the lose, Luongo played well as he made 27 saves on 29 shots.

It wasn't Luongo's falt that they lost it was Carey Price. So far this season, Price Silenced the critics by being able to win games for Montreal. Don Cherry said on Coaches Corner "that it was a mistake to get rid of Halak because Price can't play in Montreal. But if he was on a different team he would do better." But it seems to me Price can do well in Montreal. That's what he has proven with this great record of 8 wins 5 losses and 1 ot loss, with a Save Percentage of .918 and a goals against average of 2.28 inculding 2 shutouts.

Overall Price played great so far. In the final minute of the game, Price had the puck on his stick and went for the empty net but it didn't go in. But how would that have been if it went in?"That would be pretty cool," Price said. "But nowadays the pressure is up the middle. You'd need to get a lot of wood on it." The Habs next game will be Thursday against Boston on NESN (us),RDS-HD( Montreal) and TSN-HD(All TSN networks) at 7:00pm E.t.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Monday, November 8, 2010

HABS PLACED BOYD ON WAIVERS






















Today in Montreal, Jacques Martin announced that Dustin Boyd has been placed on Waivers.“We’ve currently placed Dustin Boyd on waivers. With no injuries and a full roster, it’s been hard to find a spot for Dustin to fill in and contribute. Right now we’re just going to see what happens but at this moment we have no intention of sending him to Hamilton,” Canadiens’ head-coach Jacques Martin said. Boyd has played 9 games so far this season and has 1 goal.“I’m still trying to fit into the system here and create some form of consistency for myself. I had a good camp at the beginning of the year, but since the regular season started I’ve been out for five games and when I’ve played, the bounces weren’t really going my way,” admitted Boyd

“It seems like the top six is pretty set though, so I’m just looking to stay positive and a find a role to fill where I can offer something to the team.” Boyd is expected to play against the Canucks tomorrow night.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Highlights: Senators @ Canadiens 11/6/10

KOVALEV SCORES A PAIR TO LEAD TO AN OTTAWA VICTORY






















(7-6-1) Ottawa Senators 3-2 Montreal Canadiens (8-5-1)
                                     Final

Last night it Montreal, It was a great night for the Sens thanks to Kovalev. The Senators were able to stop Montreal from putting on pressure inside the sens zone for a long period of time. That's why the Sens won 3-2. Kovalev scored the opening goal in the first to make it 1-0. Then in the second, the Sens would extend their lead with a goal from Zach Smith to make it 2-0. Then with 2 minutes to go in period 2, Spacek's point shot found it's way past Brian Elliot to cut the lead to 1. But in the third the Sens went on the powerplay, Kovalev Slapped it home past Carey Price to make it 3-1. Montreal wasn't ready to give up. As with 2 minutes to go, Brian Gionta skated in over the blueline and took a simple wrist shot that beat Elliot to cut the lead to 1. But that's as close as they would get as the Senators won this one 3-2 is your final.


"Give credit to our opponents -- they were fresh and worked harder than us," said Montreal coach Jacques Martin. "The last time we played them in Ottawa they had played the night before and we were fresh." In the lose, Carey Price was great once again as he was the 3rd star and he made 27 saves. As for the Sens, Brian Elliot made 21 saves in the win. In the victory, Kovalev got 2 goals and you know what that means? He is now 3 points away from getting point 1,000."It's a great achievement. If you look back at coming into the NHL at 19 and going over 1,000 games and getting to 1,000 points, that's a long journey and I'm definitely proud of myself," Kovalev Said. The Habs next game will be Tuesday night against the Canucks at the Bell Centre.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Highlights: Canadiens @ Sabres 11/5/10

SABRES LOSE 7TH STRAIGHT HOME GAME DUE TO THE HABS 3RD LINE

















(8-4-1) Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Buffalo Sabres (3-9-2)
                                           Final

Last night in Buffalo, the Habs third line put on quite a show. As the Canadiens third line scored all 3 goals foor Montreal in a 3-2 victory over Buffalo. Back in the first period, Buffalo got off to a great start by opening the scoring with a goal from Grier. But the Habs would answer with a centering pass from Darche to Halpern that would end up in the net that's Halpern's 4th of the year. But the Sabres would get it back in the second with a Slap shot from the point that was taken by Leopold that made it 2-1 Buffalo.

But as the great Maurice "Rocket" Richard said never give up.  They didn't. As Pouliot recieved a pass from Darche and Pouliot put it in on his backhand to tie the game. Then with 2 minutes to go in the second Pouliot skated in over the blue line and took a slapshot and he scored that was his second of the night and 4th of the year as the Habs would go on to take it 3-2 is your final.

In the lose, Lalime made 29 saves but it wasn't enough to win. As for the winning goalie of this game (Carey Price), he played outstanding as he made 29 saves."He was phenomenal," Halpern said. "His rebound control was excellent, and he smothered the puck when he had to. He's giving us a chance to win every night." With this Sabres lose, they have now lost 7 straight games on home ice. So what's going on to the defending Northeast Divison Champs?

"It's frustrating when you're losing games," Grier said. "You're in it to win, and we all take pride in being professionals. We think we're a good team, but right now we're shooting ourselves in the foot." The Sabres next game is tonight against Toronto at 7pm on CBC-T and CBC-M and the Habs next game is tonight as well against Ottawa on CBC-O.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Thursday, November 4, 2010

PRICE EARNS THE MOLSON CUP IN OCTOBER

Carey Price's best saves
















Today in Montreal, it was announced that Carey Price  had won the Molson Cup for the month of October. Price played 10 out of the 11 games for the Habs so far this season. Price has a great record of 6 wins, 3 loses and 1 ot lose with a 2.38 goals against average and a .912 save percentage and he has 1 shutout. Price will be presented the cup on November 9th prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Josh Gorges talks about his first goal


Source:http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/

EASTERN CANADIAN TEAMS UPDATE: LEAFS LOSE AGAINST THE SENATORS
















(5-6-1) Ottawa Senators 3-2 Toronto Maple Leafs (5-5-1)
                                     Final

Last night in Toronto, the Leafs continued to lose games as they lost 3-2 to the Senators in the ACC. This lose was the Leafs 6th straight lose. What's going on in Toronto? I'll tell you what they can't score. Ottawa was having the same problem at the beginning of the season but now they have turned it around. "It feels like when it rains, it pours," said MacArthur. "The only way to get through (a slump) is just to start putting the pucks in deep and keeping it more simple plays. I think once we did that, when we went to the meat potatoes style of hockey, (we were successful). "

The Sens got the first 3 goals of this game from Fisher,Karlsson and Gonchar. Then with the Leafs down 3-0 they finally broke there 118 goalless drought with a goal from Kuleman. They would add one more goal from MacArthur as they lost 3-2 is the final. In the lose, they lost their captain Phaneuf due to a cut in the back of his leg he's going to miss 6 weeks."Well, it's dried up a lot," said Burke. "Obviously, we're having trouble putting the puck in the net right now. I have nothing pending that might solve that. We're going to have to solve it internally for now." That's your quick update on Toronto and Ottawa to hear more about this game visit TSN.Ca/NHL. Or to watch highlights click the video below.

Written by Andrew Di Pardo

Highlights: Canadiens @ Blue Jackets 11/2/10

CANADIENS COULDN'T BEAT GARON AS THEY LOSE 3-0
















(7-4-1) Montreal Canadiens 0-3 Columbus Blue Jackets (7-4-0)
                                           Final

Last night in Columbus, Garon made 29 saves to get his first career win over Montreal and his first shuttout of the season."I've been maybe a little lucky," said Matthieu Garon. "When I've played, we haven't played a bad game this season. It feels good. We have to win at home. If we want to be in the top eight teams (making the playoffs), we have to be dominant here at home." It all started in period 1, when Rick Nash came in on a 2 on 1 and fired it home to make it 1-0. Shortly after that they would add another goal from Brassard to make it 2-0. They would add one more goal in the third ( from Wilson) As they won the game 3-0 is the final.

In the Lose, Carey Price made 21 saves on 24 shots. He kept them in the game until the third when the Jackets scored their 3rd goal of the game."We've got some lines that are creating some opportunities and other lines are not," coach Jacques Martin said. "We'll look at the video and analyze and see what we can bring as far as a solution for the next game."

This game was Markov's second game back and the Habs second straight lose. The Habs were on a 4 game winning streak until Markov came back. I think that they are expecting way to much out of Markov and that's why the Habs lost 2 in a row.The Habs next game will be Friday in Buffalo, the puck drop will be  at 7:38 pm E.t onMSG-B (U.S.A), TSN-HABS and RDS-HD.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo