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 3-0 with 20 minutes to play, Canadiens dominate

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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.


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

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