Montreal Canadiens' Brian Gionta scores a goal on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon during the first period of play of their NHL pre-season game at the Colisee in Quebec City

The Canadiens look ready for the opener

The Canadiens saved their best for last.
An impressive win over Tampa Bay in Quebec City sends the team to their retreat on a very positive note.

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Punchless Canadiens drop another one

The Tampa Bay Lightning brought an NHL lineup to the Bell Centre, including super sniper Steven Stamkos and promising rookie Brett Connolly. Each had two goals in TB's easy

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HIO live-blog MIA

Personal business (my daughter's birthday, if you must know) precludes attendance at the Bruins-Canadiens rematch at the Bell Centre Monday night. I'll be there in spirit ... and will

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Another L for Habs .. and a stinkeroo against THEM!

POSTGAME AUDIO: Mathieu Darche | Peter Budaj | Brian Wilsie | Scott Gomez | Jacques Martin • PREGAME AUDIO: Coach Jacques

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Senators strike late

Chris F. Neil .... with the Captain in the penalty

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Pacioretty, Gomez key Canadiens’ win

The Canadiens finally broke into the W column with a thrilling OT conquest of the Ottawa Senators. The Habs roared back from a 3-0 deficit keyed by two Max

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Still winless

But the Canadiens looked MUCH better than they did against Dallas. And this was against a Buffalo team that brought most of its NHLers to the Bell Centre. A lot

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Winless!

Fire the coach! Trade that lousy goalie!! Fuhgedaboudit!!! Erik Cole put the  6-3 loss in perspective, pointing out "we were working out the kinks ... it's been a while." "It's the preseason,"

Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

B.C.’s team

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Injuries and no-shows by their star players did the Canucks in.
All the Bruins – including the fourth line – played like

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On to Game 7

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What a war of attrition the playoffs are.
Latest casualties: Mason Raymond and Roberto Luongo's confidence.
A homer series is one thing. But