Habs get day off after loss to Bruins

The Canadiens had the day off Thursday following Wednesday night’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

It was the third loss in a row for the Canadiens and dropped their record to 3-4-1 since Carey Price was sidelined with a lower-body injury at the conclusion of the Sochi Olymipcs. Peter Budaj has now lost four straight as a starting goalie in Price’s absence.

While the Canadiens haven’t divulged exactly what Price’s injury is, here’s what Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber said Thursday morning on CJAD Radio-800: “To the best of my knowledge it is a knee, it’s not a groin. And it’s nothing structural, so it’s good news. It is simply tendinitis and that requires rest and rehab, and that’s precisely what the Canadiens are doing.”

The Canadiens will practise at 11 a.m. Friday in Brossard as they prepare to face the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690), followed by a game against the Sabres Sunday night in Buffalo (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

After Wednesday’s loss, the Canadiens were sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division standings with 77 points (35-25-7), one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs (35-24-8) and 14 points behind the first-place Bruins (43-17-5). If the NHL playoffs started Thursday, the Canadiens would have been facing the Maple Leafs in the first round with Toronto holding home-ice advantage.

“I thought we played a good first period,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after Wednesday’s game. “We controlled the pace and we had some good chances, but (Tuukka) Rask made some good saves and then we made two mistakes early in the second period and they scored.”

Said captain Brian Gionta: “We had a bunch of chances in the first period and we had a flurry in the second. (Tomas Plekanec) missed a breakaway, we had five or six shots in front and I missed an empty net. If we get one of those, maybe it’s a different game, but they scored a third one.”

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)




(Videos by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell)

Struggling Habs get day off after loss to Bruins, montrealgazette.com

Goalie Rask leads Bruins, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

‘Snowball is rolling the wrong way,’ Gionta says, by Pat Hickey

Bruins drop hammer to end skid against Habs, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Bruins finally top Canadiens, NHL.com

Hockey journey started in Austria for new Hab Vanek, by Pat Hickey

Vanek playing the odds, Canadiens.com

Habs vs. Bruins photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Habs prospect Bozon remains critical, but stable, kootenayice.com

Number cruncher: Is 30 the new 50? Canadiens.com

Senators’ Zibanejad sets hardest-shot record, Ottawa Citizen

Kid from Cote-des-Neiges living hockey dream in Russia, by Michelle Tetrault-Farber




  1. Timo says:

    Laffs lose Bernier in yesterday’s game. While there is no hope that Habs will play better (same sh!t every year towards the end of the season) there is hope that Leafs will start to falter with Reimer in nets. So Habs can still make playoffs… maybe. Probably not.

  2. SmartDog says:

    For those discussion Quebec language politics (and the truly unpleasant and unproductive consequences of it), Quebec separatists are like the last 20 years of the Habs. Always THINKING they are going to make it to the top, and making bad decisions over and over because of it. Of course for the Habs, it means another year of frustration for the fans. For Quebec politics it means poor economic performance, the erosion of the image of an otherwise amazing place, an increase in animosity – and a rise in nationalism and it’s negative consequences.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  3. Maritime Ronn says:

    Almost funny to see the morning practice lines.

    The HIO ‘line-makers’ had those lines figured out about 30 seconds after the Vanek trade.
    A good thing it only took almost 3 games for the coach to figure out.
    Next is the Over/Under minutes for the lines staying together…

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