Video: 64 minutes of Sunday ‘fun’


Canadiens’ Lars Eller is stoned from in close by Washington goalie Braden Holtby.
Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette

Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin ran his team through a 64-minute Brossard practice on Sunday – skating them, skating them and skating them some more.

There was a lengthy skating session to begin, then 1-on-1 and 2-on-0 drills. More skating, a short bit of drilling by lines, more skating, some hard 1-on-1 battling in the corners, and plenty more skating. The hour-plus practice ended with wind sprints that drained whatever the Habs had left in them.

Goalies Carey Price and Alex Auld were excused from the skating. As they should have been, since the team’s plight of late, without a goal the past three games, hasn’t been in any way connected to them.

Everyone will have the day off Monday, then return to action at home Tuesday vs. the Atlanta Thrashers. The team is in Carolina Wednesday, returning home to practice before finishing off their week Saturday in New Jersey.

Lines practised on Sunday, not that there was much in this regard: Cammalleri-Plekanec-Halpern; Darche-Gomez-Gionta; Pouliot-Desharnais-White; Kostitsyn-Eller-Moen. Alexandre Picard, in the clinic having work done on an injured foot, was the only player not on the ice.

Video from the dressing room post-practice will appear here as it’s processed. Look for Subban (two), Sopel, Price and Cammalleri.


  1. Nahlsy says:

    There are two types of sports fans, those who want to cheer on a team and celebrate their success and those who seem to want to wallow in misery and doom and gloom over every loss as it if were the end of the world because they’re only happy when they’re miserable.

    One would think that the later would be happier cheering for the Leafs, but there’s a lot of them moving over to the Habs lately it would seem. To the former, they look and realize that when this club lost Markov they should have been dropped significantly and when they lost Gorges on top of that, they shouldn’t have been anywhere near the playoffs. Losing Spacek as well and having Gomez slump, Pacioretty, Cammy, Gionta etc all miss a month at a time here and there should have had this club struggling with Edmonton for last place.

    Instead they’re still in the playoff hunt somehow so the doom and gloomers look to a 3 game scoring drought (that followed an 8 goal outburst) by a depleted lineup for their negativity since the team’s overachieved so much this year that there’s little else to complain about. The positive side sees that they’ve overachieved and can take a couple of losses for what they are, 1-0, 7-0, 4-3, 5-4 are all worth exactly the same on the standings so the number of goals doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Price stole the show vs Washington, but had no run support, I look at that as good news that he wasn’t even a little phased by the Boston game and is right back to where he was prior to the game. They’ll score some and not score some, they’ll have shut outs and get blown out occasionally, EVERY TEAM does at some time. Relax and just enjoy the ride, for all intents and purposes this club has no business being in the playoffs this year with the significant injuries it’s suffered so anything from here is gravy.

  2. petefleet says:

    So if the playoffs started today and they used the old system, the Habs would finish 16th overall and be playing Van City in the first round. Four games later it would be golf, golf, golf.
    JM had better figure out a fix for this team soon. I don’t want to invest one more minute watching the Habs looking so pathetic. As much as I’d like to blame Gomez for lack of effort last game, he was one of the few that actually looked like he might be effective. Cammy on the other hand, he did not impress. There were others as well, but he has got to get it going. If he ends up being like Claude Lemieux and amps it up in the playoffs, I will eat the previous comments.

    ***Habs Forever***

    • Nahlsy says:

      Vancouver’s in the West, Habs are in 6th in the East, Same was said last year about 4 and out when the Habs faced #1 Washington in round 1, and several years ago when they faced the #1 Bruins in round 1 as well. Neither of those turned out so swell for the #1 seed.

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