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Video- Anyone See A Slewfoot, Nikita Zadorov On Jesperi Kotkaniemi

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The Montreal Canadiens Are Without A Win In 8 Games

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

A door slammed as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot started talking. It wasn't clear why, exactly, whether it was a stray gust of air, a fist clenched a little too hard on a doorknob, a sign of frustration in the visitor's dressing room at TD Garden.

Impossible to know, but it was hard not to think of the last, the anger and disappointment that came from a 46-minute lead that vanished as the Canadiens succumbed to yet another loss.

Their winless streak reached eight games (0-5-3) after the Boston Bruins came from behind with three goals in the third period to send the Canadiens to a 3-1 loss, back to the dressing room as a team that had traded the possibility of sweet relief for more of the same in a dispiriting final 20 minutes.

Because up until the 46th minute Sunday, there was reason to hope. Up until the 46th minute, there was reason to believe things were turning around. But then, suddenly, it all fell apart, the end result seemingly inevitable after David Pastrnak's highlight-reel one-timer at 6:16 of the third.

"We've got to find a way to win," captain Shea Weber said, his voice quiet and subdued. "It's not good enough. Yeah, we've improved defensively, but when it comes down to it, it's about getting wins and getting two points. And that's not happening right now."

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It Will Get Better In Montreal

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Bergevin is a good GM. He has brought in Philip Danault, Jeff Petry, Shea Weber, Max Domi, Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar, Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia — all acquired through deft trades. He was able to turn his biggest mistake at the draft table, Alex Galchenyuk, into Domi. A fair return on a No. 3 pick.

Meanwhile, does it matter that Julien is a quality human being, one of the best in the game? I think it does. Now more than ever. Look at a Bill Peters and you understand immediately that winning is not everything. Peters has plunged three organizations (the Flames, the Hurricanes and the as-yet-unborn Seattle franchise) into an escalating crisis.

Julien will never embarrass your organization. He will never abuse or mistreat a player, verbally or physically. He will never be a jerk to the media or the fans. Obviously, setting the bar at “better than Bill Peters” is pretty low, but Julien has won a Stanley Cup and he is one of the most respected coaches in the league, on and off the ice.

So take a deep breath, go with the flow, and try to be patient. Things are going to get better. I promise.

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A Frustrated Coach In Montreal

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“I’m frustrated as hell.”

That was coach Claude Julien’s state of mind Thursday night after the Canadiens’ losing streak reached six games with a 6-4 defeat at the hands of the New Jersey Devils.

Julien offered a litany of reasons for the current slide, but they all came to the same thing — a failure to  play sound defence.

“We made mental errors,” Julien said. “They’re not the things we’re teaching. There are guys who are trying to do too much, When you get almost 50 shots and score four goals, you should win. But we had too many breakdowns. There were guys picking up the wrong players, bad line changes.”

The Canadiens don’t have much time to turn things around, They are back on the ice at the Bell Centre Saturday afternoon to face the Philadelphia Flyers and then they travel to Boston Sunday to play the Bruins, a team that handed them an 8-1 pasting on Tuesday.

Julien said the main task at practice on Friday will be to “get our players in the right frame of mind.” He noted that the Canadiens didn’t play perfect defence in their first 20 games, but they weren’t as bad as they are now and some of the results were skewed by a penalty-kill that has ben among the worst in the NHL all season.

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A Bad Night In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

With just over six minutes left in the third period Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, a fan wearing a Canadiens sweater with Lafleur and No. 10 on the back was spotted leaving the lower-level stands.

It was a fitting image on this night.

That fan will be happy he didn’t have to watch the Bruins score the final goal in an 8-1 romp over the Canadiens.

If Montreal fans thought it couldn’t get worse after the Canadiens blew 4-0 and 5-3 leads in Saturday night’s 6-5 loss to the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre, think again.

This was The Embarrassment, Part 2.

Something is very wrong with this Canadiens team, which is now winless in its last five games (0-3-2) and looks like it might have quit on coach Claude Julien.

“It’s not easy to explain,” Julien said after this loss.

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Surgery For Jonathan Drouin And Paul Byron In Montreal

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Video- Alex Ovechkin Hit On Jonathan Drouin

Game was 0-0 at the time of the hit. Then boom, Montreal up 3-0.

Isn't it supposed to work the other way?

 

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The Emoji King

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Montreal Canadiens netminder Keith Kinkaid has a language all to himself on Hockey Twitter.

He types in code, or Kincode, after every Habs win – firing off a tweet that typically generates more than a thousand likes in a matter of minutes.

Kinkaid’s emoji-filled, celebratory keyboard blasts began in New Jersey, but he carried the tradition to Columbus and then across the border this season to Montreal. 

The tweets are their own language, appreciated universally in both English and French in Montréal and across La Belle Province.

“I just wanted to have fun with it. Then it kind of took off,” Kinkaid said. “I’ve gone team to team and I didn’t know I was going to have to keep doing it, but it’s fun to get fans engaged. I think the fans like player interaction.

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Hockey In Montreal

from David Shribman of the LA Times,

“The Canadiens are a major part of character of this city, even in times like this when they are not doing that well,” says Daniel Beland, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. “Its players are icons in Quebec. It’s not just a franchise. It is one of the major institutions of Montreal.”...

That mystique developed because the Canadiens are intimately linked with the French language and with French heroes. The old Montreal Forum, where the Habs played until 1996 and where the rafters were crowded with Stanley Cup banners, was where Francophones could compete and excel in a place dominated by Anglophones.

“In drama, in fiction, in television and movies, it is front and center in the culture,” says Christopher Kirkey, director of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. “Life in many families in Quebec still revolves around hockey — practices, games, Saturday night on television. You can walk into a sports bar with 24 televisions, and 24 of them will be tuned to the Canadiens.”

Everyone is watching — everyone, that is, except those who on winter evenings are playing hockey themselves. The game is so ingrained in the city that the father of hockey icon Mario Lemieux, now one of the owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins, would cart snow indoors and onto the family home in the Ville-Émard district of Montreal and let it freeze so they could play in the living room.

“The way people in Montreal think about hockey is not the way other people think about hockey,” says Brian Kennedy, a Pasadena City College English professor who played youth hockey in Montreal and has written several books on hockey. “The mind of a Montrealer is not like the ordinary mind. Everybody in Montreal still has the hockey sweater they had as a child. I have the programs from my first games and the tickets too.”

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Videos- Claude Julien Is Not Happy With A Delay Of Game Penalty

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“There was an icing and we’re trying to put the same guys on the ice and they say there should be different guys out there and they give us a delay-of-game penalty,” Julien said. “Most of the penalties were penalties and we take responsibility, but (the referees) have to take some responsibility. After that, I don’t knew whether they felt embarrassed, but they made sure we weren’t getting any breaks. There was the stick to (Jonathan) Drouin’s face that everyone saw (and) I’m not sold on the ruling on the penalty shot.”

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