About last night …

Pass the Gravol.

Having tumbled from first to fifth in the Eastern Conference Thursday night, Canadiens shot up to second by beating the Islanders. How long they remain in that lofty perch will  depend on what happens this afternoon

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HA-LAK!

Not bad for a back-up goaltender.

The Canadiens' number-two-but-trying-harder is 8-0 career at the Bell Centre, where fans appreciate his skill and his easily chantable family name.

Jaroslav Halak

About last night …

One team played postseason hockey at the Bell Centre last night.

It was not your Montreal Canadiens.

Ottawa wanted it more, and the Senators played that way: tight, hard-hitting, highly-disciplined

Martin F. Gerber

Doesn't sound right, does it?

How about this then: F.ifth place?

The loss to Ottawa and a shootout win by New Jersey left Canadiens behind the Devils, the Senators, the

Timmins on Sergei

Trevor Timmins, Canadiens' director of player recruitment and development, was on his way to Peterborough for an OHL game when I caught up with him on his cell

About last night …

A statement game by your Montreal Canadiens.

The statement, loud, clear and totally unambiguous: We are for real.

My favourite part of the statement game was the statement period. Leading

F. no more


Just Martin Brodeur.

What the heck, Canadiens have beaten him three times in a row – the latest in a battle for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Brodeur

About the road trip …

Our would-be Beasts of the East were not at their best in the west.

Canadiens were outshot in every game. They were outplayed for significant stretches –  usually the

Four points on the trip

And for the longest time, it looked like the haul might be five.

Despite a parade to the penalty box, Canadiens stayed in this game at 1-1 for 52

About this afternoon …

A vignette that explains why your Montreal Canadiens are a first-place hockey team:

Trailing 4-2, L.A. pulls their goaltender with two minutes left. Canadiens gain possession and Guillaume Latendresse