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 breaks away.

Gui! ha

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At least .500 on the trip

Huge win.

Canadiens withstand an early L.A. onslaught – much as they did in Phoenix Thursday night – and beat the Kings 5-2.

Tom Kostopoulos – playing in the city

Grabovski day-to-day with a hissy fit

Mikhail Grabovski has dramatically enhanced his chances of playing regularly – in Russia next season.

Disappointed by being left out of the lineup in Phoenix last night, Grabovski traveled

About last night …

You don't have to be a professional hockey scout to realize a basic truth about the Montreal Canadiens:

They win on the strength (and lose on the weakness) of

Take the two points and run

Grand larceny in the desert:

Outplayed for most of the game, Canadiens score three unanswered goals to score an unlikely 4-2 win over a fast, aggressive Phoenix team.

Saku Koivu

Cover boy starts in Phoenix

Canadiens' recently-anointed Number One goaltender is on the cover of The Hockey News Future Watch '08 issue.

The headline is: Peerless Price: The Games Hottest Prospect.

The Hockey News asked

About last night …

Let's get one thing straight: Canadiens were beaten by the Sharks, not the zebras.

Referees Tim Peel and Chris Rooney were not great last night. They called some softies.

Not a great start

Call it a learning experience for Carey Price.

Tonight in San Jose, as Canadiens began a four-game western swing, the 20-year-old goaltender played like a rookie.

San Jose crowded Price.

About last night …

I'll cook Sunday dinner for anyone who thought Canadiens would sweep Buffalo and New Jersey this weekend.

And I'll dine alone.

I'll buy a round for everyne who thought the

First F. Place

81 points.

First in the Eastern Conference. Third, behind Detroit and Dallas, in the whole  National F. Hockey League.

The Montre-F-al Canadiens.

Un-F-real.

And now that Canadiens have beaten him twice