Habs’ Weise lives dream with OT goal in Game 1

When Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin acquired forward Dale Weise from the Vancouver Canucks in February in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz, the happiest man in Canada might have been Weise’s father. Miles Weise, a warehouse manager in Winnipeg, is a lifelong […]

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HI/O Show: Jacques Demers is our special guest this week

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Senator Jacques Demers, the last coach to win a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1993, is the special guest on this week’s HI/O Show, joining Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan. All three give their predictions […]

 
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About last night …

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Let’s be honest.
Were it not for the heroics of Carey Price, your Montreal Canadiens would not be in the playoffs.
But as we say in this red-hot – and, this week, unseasonably cold – hockey city, what have you done for me lately?
Heading into Game 1 in Tampa Bay, the Canadiens goaltender was 4-14 in his previous 18 postseason starts.
Price’s overall playoff record was 9-17. His save percentage: a very ordinary .905.
But .905 is better than .750.
Through 60 minutes against the Lightning, Price was beaten four times on 16 shots.
There were turnovers to create some Tampa Bay chances.
And Steven Stamkos scores against many NHL goaltenders.
But still …

 

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Eller returns as Habs prepare to face Lightning

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The Canadiens hit the ice Monday morning in Brossard to begin preparations for their first-round playoff series against the Lightning, which will start Wednesday night in Tampa (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Lars Eller, who missed the last […]

 

Habs will open playoff series Wednesday night in Tampa

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The Canadiens will open their first-round playoff series against the Lightning on the road Wednesday night in Tampa Bay. The Lightning clinched home-ice advantage with a 1-0 shootout win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the […]

 

HI/O Show: Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre talks Habs

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Montreal mayor Denis Coderre is the special guest on this week’s HI/O Show, joining Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs and sports editor/host Stu Cowan to talk hockey, Habs and even some baseball. Coderre is asked if a possible Stanley Cup parade […]

 
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About last night …

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You can make an arguable case that Brian Gionta scored the most important goal of your Montreal Canadiens season.
The proof will be in the postseason pudding.
Imagine the scenario if the Captain had not put that nifty penalty-shot move on Cam Talbot in Overtime.
What if the Canadiens had lost against a team resting its number-one goaltender, its top two defencemen and its prize late-season acquisition.
The New York Rangers who outshot the home team 41-27 and held the Canadiens scoreless through 62:04 accomplished this without Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi or Martin St. Louis.
What if this depleted Rangers lineup had won … which they would have had Carey Price not been brilliant yet again?

 
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