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Here at the Boundless Optimism In the Face of Overwhelming Evidence to the Contrary division of HIO, the staff has been tasked with putting a non-negative spin on your Montreal Canadiens’ five regular-season losses to Tampa Bay. The happy gang […]

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Montreal Canadiens v Detroit Red Wings

Andrei Markov is Habs’ nominee for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov in action on Feb. 15, 2015 vs the Red Wings in Detroit. Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images PAT HICKEY Montreal Gazette Andrei Markov, the veteran defenceman who came

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Canadiens confirm playoff berth; practice Sunday to prep for Lightning

Canadiens' Alex Galchenuk whips the game-tying goal home in the second period Saturday night, beating Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo. It was Galchenyuk's 20th goal of the season. Allen


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To the surprise of no one – with the exception of some of the gloomier Guses in HIO's Commentariat – your Montreal Canadiens are going to the playoffs. First-round

Florida Panthers v Montreal Canadiens

Flynn is in, Smith-Pelly out for Habs vs Panthers

Panthers goalie John Vanbiesbrouk defends the net as teammate Brent Severyn and Canadiens' Stephan Lebeau fight for position during this 1980s Forum game. Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images

Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens

Dinner with Max: An enlightening look at Habs sniper Pacioretty, on the ice and off

DAVE STUBBS MONTREAL GAZETTE NASHVILLE — For a guy with two hollow legs, Max Pacioretty is a terrific skater. I sat with the Canadiens’ leading scorer for dinner and a wide-ranging


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T.S. Eliot notwithstanding, let's hope April is not the cruelest month for your Montreal Canadiens. Because March hasn't been great. After winning eight games in October, November, December and January,

Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders

Tokarski will get start in goal for Canadiens vs. Jets

Canadiens vs. Jets

Thursday at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, 8 p.m., SNE, RDS, TSN Radio 690 PAT HICKEY MONTREAL GAZETTE Let Carey do it: One complaint about the Canadiens this season has been a


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With the losers' point they picked up in Nashville, your Montreal Canadiens became the first team in the NHL to crack triple figures. Let's just pause and think on

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Canadiens vs. Predators preview: Mitchell in for Malhotra; Gilbert sidelined

Canadiens vs. Predators

Tuesday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, 8 p.m., SNE, RDS, TSN Radio 690 PAT HICKEY MONTREAL GAZETTE Goaltending duel: Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne was being heralded as a Hart Trophy