Prust wins Jacques Beauchamp Trophy

The Canadiens announced on Saturday morning that forward Brandon Prust is the winner of this season’s Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy that goes to the player who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honour.

 The award is voted on by media members covering the team. Josh Gorges was the winner last season. Prust received the most first-place votes, earning 83 points to finish ahead of defenceman Francis Bouillon (58) and goaltender Peter Budaj (52).

“I don’t always agree with you guys, but this one I agree with,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after Saturday’s morning skate in Brossard about Prust winning the award.

In 34 games this season, Prust has posted 5-8-13 totals and leads the team with 104 penalty minutes. He is also tied for the team lead in plus/minus at plus-11. Prust, who ranks second on the team with 78 hits, missed eight games as a result of a shoulder injury suffered on March 9 in Tampa Bay. 

The Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy was created in 1981 to honour the memory of the legendary sportswriter who spent most of career covering the Canadiens. The first winner of the award was Doug Jarvis following the 1981-82 season.

Prust will be presented with the award before Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

After enjoying a day off Friday, all the Canadiens players were on the ice for Saturday’s morning skate in Brossard, including Colby Armstrong, who has been sidelined since April 1 with a knee injury. Armstrong is listed as day-to-day and won’t play against the Capitals.

Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Raphael Diaz, who has missed 25 games since being sidelined on Feb. 25 with a concussion, will return to the lineup against the Capitals.

“We’ll manage his ice time depending on how he feels,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard. “We’ll see how his conditioning and timing are and go from there.

“It’s exciting news that he’s back,” the coach added. “He’s got four games to bring the game we’re looking for. He’s playing with confidence.”

The lines at practice were: Pacioretty-Plekanec-Gionta; Ryder-Desharnais-Bourque; Gallagher-Eller-Galchenyuk; Prust-Halpern-Moen; Armstrong-Dumont-Blunden. Ryan White, who is suspended, also skated.

Defence pairings were: Markov-Diaz; Gorges-Subban; Weber-Bouillon; Drewiske-Kaberle.

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Capitals, canadiens.com

Canadiens host Caps in battle of division leaders, NHL.com

What a difference a year makes, by Stu Cowan

Praise for Prust, canadiens.com

Ovechkin playing like a Hart Trophy winner, by Pat Hickey

Weber plays big role in return to lineup, by Dave Stubbs

Playoff tickets on sale Sunday, by Pat Hickey

Fans will face tighter security at Bell Centre, by Brenda Branswell

Capitals put loss to Senators in past, by Washington Post

Too many outdoor classics? by Pat Hickey

261 Comments

  1. Propwash says:

    Avatar check

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    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  2. vic says:

    wo players I have noticed that are not puttig out.Patchatory and
    Moen

  3. rhino514 says:

    What a huge opportunity, another loss for Boston (and looks like they´ve lost Horton). We still have a good shot to win this thing. Huuuge game tonight. We need to pick up at least a point. Hopefully, the lads have the most of theiir confidence back after the last game. If they do, we will be a very tough team to play against.

    It´s funny, the phrase everyone is spouting now (including Boone) is “they are not as good as the first 41 games and not as bad as the last three.” So 3 bad games have as much weight as the 41? Wouldn´t it be more logical to say that we ARE as good as the first 41 games, and just had a bad lapse of 3 games? It´s discouraging to see the ease with which everyone´s positive mood has been obliterated.
    The team IS as good, it´s a matter of confidence. If they get that back, they will play as good, if they don´t, they won´t. I believe there are enough character guys in that room who want to win badly enough, to turn this around.

    • habitual says:

      Not just positive, but also logical.

      We had 2 of 6 D injured as well as 2 regular forwards during those three games. Losing starting D is a challenge because plays start at the back end. Marky can’t log big minutes well, so it’s no wonder we struggled.

      • rhino514 says:

        exactly, thogu we have a great forward group and a good goalie when well protected, our defense, for a contending team, is just borderline ok. When you lose your second and third best defensemen, that´s the tipping point for this team in my opinion.

        I do have a question, though: why exactly were armstrong and drewiske signed if they can´t make the team when everyone´s healthy?

        Nokelainen, Armstrong, White´s salaries, Drewiske´s pick….alot to pay for strictly insurance.

  4. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    B’s choke. 3-2 Pens.

  5. SteverenO says:

    @ Markc

    you wrote:

    Complaining about the 4th best power play team in the league, interesting…

    The biggest issue I have with your “stats” is the utter lack of any context. Who is each player playing with, what is the level of competition they face, level of situational importance, etc.

    **************************************************

    What is your point. The fact that we are 4th in the league means we should not try to improve? WIth Subban and Markov 4th is NOT good enough . My pointis that when Plekanec and Gionta re on with either Ryder or Bourque, we have the best PP in the league. When DD is on with Gallagher and Pacioretty we are below average. When MT continues to treat the DD line as the number one PP unit I think we should all be concerned. The difference in productivity between the two lines is very significant. I ,for one, would feel much more confident in the teams chances going into the playoffs if the coaching staff would recognize this (rather obvious) fact.

    regards,

    Steve O.

  6. ed says:

    re: Gallagher on the power play

    you need to look hard at what “role” a player is expected to play in a team situation – this is not singles tennis or golf where the athlete carries all of the responsibility – to defend and score in tennis for example; to drive and chip and putt in golf.

    Brendan Gallagher is given a specific role to play on the power play. He is the guy who the Habs want in front of the net, causing the defence to take notice, forcing the box to collapse low, establishing low rebound position after the shot. He also has great instincts to jump behind the net or towards the boards, and an UNCANNY ability to win those 1 on 1 battles and retrieve the puck to keep possession in the offensive zone.

    The Habs brass have studied the tape, shift after shift, game after game. They have studied the stats as well.

    Power play after power play might go by without a goal, and Gallagher might be playing his role perfectly. He is doing his job, and its exactly what the coaches are expecting of him, yet, for many other reasons, the puck might not end up in the back of the net.

    This is why Gallagher remains on the power play even though the stats show that his presence has not been associated with as many goals.

    The Habs have identified Gallagher as being talented at THIS SPECIFIC ROLE. He might eventually be removed if they decide to try someone else, maybe Prust, maybe Bourque, I doubt it would be Eller.

    But whoever they use will be judged based on his specific ability to play this role for the team – get to the front of the net and cause a stir, reek havoc, and score on tip ins and rebounds.

    If every player fulfills his responsibility and plays his role to the team’s satisfaction, the coaches are expecting that the goals will follow.

  7. 24moreCups says:

    Off topic but, does know how Emelins English is doing? I kinda wondered what they did with players with a language barrier, like in between periods or practice and etc.

    Markov and Chucky speak Russian so I guess that helps.

  8. habitual says:

    Lucic scratched and Thornton getting more ice time than Horton.

    Don’t you love it!

  9. BJ says:

    Letang 3-1 assist Jokinen.

  10. BJ says:

    Marchand gets 2 for trying to fight Jokinen, while the boos go Iginla’s way he takes a shot from the point. Pens 2 Bruins 1. Jokinen picks up an assist.

  11. Timo says:

    an effing 3 point game?

  12. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Good on Prust for getting the recognition he deserves. I can’t believe Calgary gave him up twice.
    Actually i can believe it. What a disaster of an organization. Kipper playing lights out now to say “thank you” to the fans? A true thanks would be sucking up the joint for a guaranteed top 3 pick.

  13. issie74 says:

    Is there another Brandon Prust anywhere?

    NorthTOHab

  14. deuce6 says:

    Jussi Jokinen scored again for PITT…Would have been a nice snag off the wire for us, IMO…

  15. SteverenO says:

    By now I assume everyone (except MT?) knows that Gallagher has not been effective on the PP. I would love to see him replaced on the PP (BOURQUE, GALLY 27, or ELLER).

    I would also likeot see how Gallagher get a chance on the penalty kill.

    Here is a list of some of the alltime leadingshort handed goal scorers

    Butch Goring (5” 9) 40 career short handed goals
    Theo Fleury (5”6) 35 career short handed goals
    Bobby Clarke (5”10) 32 career short handed goals
    Martin St Louis (5” 9) 28 career short handed goals
    Doug Small (5” 9) 28 career short handed goals

    There is no guarantee that Gallagher will be a great penalty killer,
    but it would sure be nice to see him get a chance.

    Especially when we are trailing in the game, I would rather see number 11 on the ice than number 32. I believe that Gallagher is exactly the type of player that would not only be effective at creating turnovers and getting the puck out of our zone, but also score us a few shorties…

    regards,

    Steve O.

    • piper says:

      I like how he goes to the net though on the PP. Too bad he wasn’t 6-2

    • ed says:

      why would Gallagher start playing on the penalty kill with only a few games left in the season?

      maybe next year. but you don’t just change the identity of the players a few games from playoff time because history shows us that small players can score short handed.

    • otter649 says:

      Gallagher needs to watch Gionta and learn how to play defense as a smaller player as Gallagher has a tough time playing defense 5 on 5 as it would be a disaster at this point in time to have him on The Penalty Kill along with #27 – Also Moen is one of the better penalty killers on the team for people who actually pay attention to special teams…….

  16. 24 Cups says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=421258

    Who would have thought this could happen just two short years ago.

  17. BJ says:

    End of 2nd Pens 1- Bos 1. Without Crosby, Malkin, Neal and Martin. Bruins outshooting 28-16.

  18. habs12 says:

    Markov-Diaz worries me defensively…Then again the entire defence worries me defensively of late.

  19. BJ says:

    Cooke injures McQuaid with a low hit and Chara does a half Emelin type attack on Cooke.

    • Seps says:

      Here’s the replay for those who haven’t seen it. Disgusting, he shouldn’t be allowed to play again after all these injuries he dishes out.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLd9KESWGLE

      • piper says:

        I guess they might as well take body checking right out of the game if thats dirty. No where near Marchants low hits.

      • johnnylarue says:

        He should have been expelled from the league a long time ago, but someone will have explain to me why hip checks are now considered ‘dirty’.

      • Mark C says:

        There is nothing wrong with that hit.

        • Seps says:

          If that’s on Subban would you still say that?

          • piper says:

            Yes. Clean hip check.
            That would have been hip on hip agains PK.

          • Seps says:

            That’s not a clean hipcheck since its late for starters, also he’s the one who initiates contact and ducks right before contact. Hipchecks you’re predictably low, that was intent.

          • piper says:

            You should always bend your knees when you hit or you’ll end up on your ass. Difference in height is the issue here. I didn’t think it was late.

          • Seps says:

            It’s not overly late in reality terms but Shanahan has a ridiculous view on that so it’s actually quite late. Bending knees is different than ducking. Especially you can tell here he doesn’t use his bent knees to explode into Quaider like one would propose, but he uses his bent knees to clip Quaider. Dirty in my books, also doesn’t help it’s Cooke, my hatred for him spills over that of Chara.

          • piper says:

            I’ve lost any faith in what Shanny says but If he calls that one a hockey play I’ll agree with him.

  20. Alex_425 says:

    We aren’t catching the Pens no matter how hard we try, so with that firmly in mind, Dear Baby Jesus I hope Pittsburgh beats Boston this afternoon.

    But I’m no expert….

  21. Habfan10912 says:

    Here is that idiot Edwards comments on Cooke. Boston should fire this clown now!

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-04-20/jack-edwards-matt-cooke-sirhan-sirhan-bruins-game-penguins

  22. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Just read…Cooke for the Masterton? Is this a joke? Why…because he is not as dirty as he used to be? Give me a break…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  23. BJ says:

    Vokoun holding the fort with great saves 8 minutes left in the second 1-1.

  24. Sportfan says:

    When was the last time Montreal actually made a trade with Boston?

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  25. kempie says:

    Anybody hear what Jackass Edwards said about Cooke?

    Nvmnd, I found it. What a tool.

    • johnnylarue says:

      “Wish he was a Bruin…”?

      • Alex_425 says:

        Cooke would make a horrible Bruin. Bruins players are at least smart enough to know how to deal damage and use anything in the book to get away with it.

        Being a Bruin is all about banging up guys on the other team while constantly having that vapid stare among the media, standing pat and saying you aren’t dirty, you’re just protecting yourself, just playing your game, they embellish, the ice is bad, the stars were against us, someone in the stands looked at us the wrong way, I have a cold, he placed his neck against the stanchion as I skated by him, he used mind-control to make me slash my stick at him, etc. etc. etc. etc.

        But I’m no expert….

    • BJ says:

      Put down about Cooke being nominated for the Masterson. Compared him to Sirhan Sirhan. Later apologized to Cooke, Pens and NHL. Siad he made a mistake and his conscience told him to say he was sorry.

  26. johnnylarue says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Travis Moen, but I fail to see how sitting him in favour of Armstrong would have any impact whatsoever on the outcome of this hockey game.

    No offense intended to anyone in particular, but I feel kind of embarrassed as a Habs fan when my fellow fans get prickly about the fourth line. Let’s not sweat the small stuff, folks.

    • Bill says:

      Fourth line is important. Very important I think.

      Armstrong did good work on it until his injury. Halpern is doing great on faceoffs and moving the puck out.

      As for Moen, we all hate his game, but Therrien still seems to see something in it. So there must be some reason he is still used so regularly.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • johnnylarue says:

        Bill, I agree that the fourth line is important, and I think we have a pretty good one, actually. It just irks me when people start harping on “I can’t believe they’re not sitting ‘Plumber X’ in favour of ‘Plumber Y’,” as though it will have a measurable impact on the results.

        Moen is rock solid defensively, and still a better PK guy than Armstrong.

        He’d still be a regular 3rd line guy on a team that works with the old formula of two scoring lines, a shut-down line, and an “energy” line.

        Certainly, he’s paid as such.

        • SteverenO says:

          @johnnylarue

          I agree that the impact of switching Armstroing for Moen will not be tremendous , but despite it being a small difference it IS, in fact measurable .

          Just curious . why do you say that Moen is a better PK guy than Armstrong?

          The numbers indicate that the reverse is true. With Moen on the ice we allow one Shorthanded goal every 9.5 minutes. With Armstrong one goal allowed every 13 minutes.

          I won,t disagree with you that Moen is “rock solid” defensively. He has been on for one GA every 33 minutes at even strength.

          When Armstrong ison at even strength the the opponents score at a rate of one goal every 41 minutes.

          Offensively neither Armstrong or Moen contribute very much .
          That being said Amrstrong has been on the ice for 10 even strength goals, Moen for only 9, despite the fact that Moen has played an additional 70 minutes of ice time.

          regards,

          Steve O.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      On this team it is more important than most due to their lack of physicality. Look how Pittsburgh’s 4th line pounded the Habs the last game.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • johnnylarue says:

        No argument there–but subbing in Armstrong for Moen isn’t going to up the physicality quotient. Army’s not a huge hitter anymore either. Out of our bank of pluggers–Moen, Army, Dumont, Blunden–the only one who plays tough is Dumont. And Dumont is, unfortunately, the smallest of the lot.

    • Alex_425 says:

      Gonna have to side with popular opinion here, the fourth line, especially ours, has a much under-appreciated and important role.

      But I’m no expert….

  27. Alex_425 says:

    Alright, analysts, based on your observations and sound expertise, how many minutes do you expect Diaz will play tonight, vs. how many minutes you think he SHOULD play tonight?

    But I’m no expert….

    • johnnylarue says:

      He’s paired with Markov, so I’m guessing he plays 23-24 minutes tonight. Maybe more, depending on how Weber handles himself.

      Third pairing is at least a bit more reliable with Cube on his proper side and a natural RD with him, so hopefully they can chip in with a bit more TOI than the third pairing has had lately. To his credit, Weber has acquitted himself nicely in his two appearances thus far. If he keeps it simple, he could be a workable band aid for the remainder of the season–with Whiskey subbing in against bigger teams, perhaps.

      • Alex_425 says:

        You don’t think 23-24 minutes is too much for his first game back? Or is that usually a standard among defencemen?

        But I’m no expert….

        • johnnylarue says:

          Yes, it’s about five minutes too much, but I’m afraid we don’t have much of a choice under the circumstances. He’s our de facto #3 or #4 D now and will have to eat minutes accordingly.


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