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from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
The Leafs will host the Boston Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada, the first gathering of the nation’s hockey congregation after a week in which Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in a targeted hit-and-run attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered on the steps of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the shadow of Parliament. Both deaths are considered acts of terrorism with Canadian soldiers as targets.
The three Canadian NHL teams playing in the early games – Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa — are planning a joint tribute pre-game to Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist from Hamilton who was part of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Hamilton and Vincent, an airmen.
It will no doubt be moving. It represents a rare opportunity for millions of Canadians to reflect on a pair of excruciating events, in particular Wednesday’s shooting which resonates both for its powerful symbolism and the smallest details – in Cirillo’s case a six-year-old boy who will be growing up without his big, rugged Dad; a picture of two very sad pups now without a loving owner; while Vincent leaves a sister without her twin.
No doubt, the refs have been told to make the calls.
Check this one on Nick Bjugstad...
Below, an incidental interference call on Justin Abdelkader...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Alex Galchenyuk had only touched the ice with one skate after exiting the penalty box and therefore was not deemed legally on the ice when he stole the puck off the stick of Nathan MacKinnon.
By the letter of the law Alex Galchenyuk should have received an additional minor penalty for interference (56.2) and no goal would have resulted in what turned out to be a 3-2 Montreal victory in regulation time.
Two rules reference this play in determining when a player is deemed to be legally on the ice from either the players' bench or penalty box. First, 56.2 states that a minor penalty shall be imposed on any identifiable player on the players' bench or penalty bench who, by means of his stick or his body, interferes with the movements of the puck or any opponent on the ice during the progress of the play. In addition, should a player about to come onto the ice, play the puck while one or both skates are still on the players' or penalty bench, a minor penalty for interference shall be assessed.
continued and watch the goal below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Club 1909 (www.club1909.com) was launched last week, a multi-faceted fan membership program that intends to align Montreal’s brand around the world along the likes of the other big franchise hitters in the world of sports.
Sitting in his Bell Centre office last week during an interview with ESPN.com, Kevin Gilmore, the team’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, explained the genesis for Club 1909 and why a team with automatic sellouts and sky-high TV ratings felt the need to branch out even more.
"Sometimes, you have to look at your business and kind of turn it sideways to see what it is now," Gilmore said. "The challenge from a marketing standpoint was to say, 'Guys, let’s look at what we do, who we are and what we represent.' We spent a while on it, we talked to some outside people and to people inside here.
"Basically the conclusion was that for the lack of a better word, we’re a legacy team, we’re synonymous with the sport. Same way the Yankees and Red Sox are with baseball, the Cowboys and Packers with football. I’m sure the Leafs would argue the Leafs and Canadiens with hockey and that’s a fair comment. We said, 'If that’s what we are, we need to start acting a little more like that.'"
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
...more often than not, the Bruins play right into the hands of the Canadiens. They see that fluttering red cape with the CH logo, and they lower their heads and charge.
Why don’t they ever learn? Well, if there is such a thing as wanting to win too much, the Bruins do. They have decades of paranoia wired into their system. They have lost so many times, in so many ways, that they buy into all that Don Cherry “da game is rigged” nonsense, and they end up finding new and creative ways to lose.
Fans here will never buy into this, but Lucic is an intelligent, thoughtful, complex guy. But put a CH jersey in front of him and his Mexican combo platter is about a taco short. Claude Julien might do well to bench him next time out, because in his zeal to turn some unlucky Hab into roadkill on the highway of life, Lucic inevitably trips over his own skate laces and makes a fool of himself.
It’s all part of what has to be the greatest rivalry in North American sports at this juncture in history: the Habs vs. the Bruins.
My question is, where are the Avalanche players?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
With the Montreal Canadiens up a goal against the Boston Bruins in the third period Thursday night, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien sent Manny Malhotra out for a defensive-zone faceoff Malhotra easily won over Gregory Campbell.
Chalk another one up for the veteran center, whose addition to last July 1 might end up paying way more dividends for the Canadiens than people first bargained.
For starters, Malhotra is among the league's top faceoff men, which will improve the team's defensive-zone start numbers. Through five games, he's won 65 percent of his faceoffs.
But his impact might be just as important off the ice, where he's already made himself one of the most vocal leaders on the team despite being a newcomer.
via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The joint was jumping, of course, the fires of passion stoked by the Habs’ unparalleled game-presentation crew that marries the Canadiens’ rich past to its exciting present and future with lasers and lights and music that will rattle your bones.
The arena’s foundation quaked when Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden emerged from the tunnel to stand beside the Canadiens bench, the blazing, storied torch held aloft.
Watch the pre-game ceremony below.
via the CP at Sportsnet,
When asked after the game if Rask noticed the laser being pointed at him, he was quick to dismiss it.
“At me? No,” said Rask, who allowed five goals on 23 shots before leaving 7:17 into the third.
Although the Finnish goalie did notice the laser being directed elsewhere.
“You know, I saw it in the second, but it was in the offensive zone,” said Rask. “Good thing I didn’t go blind or anything.”
Watch the incident below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Is there a more anticipated rematch in the early NHL season?
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens get it going again Thursday night after last spring's drama-filled, seven-game series, which saw the underdog Habs prevail.
Given the handshake line heard around the world, who knows exactly what will transpire Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal's home opener.
Normally, these types of games rarely live up to the hype fueled by media and fans.
Although sometimes ...
"I had one with Vancouver where we played Boston for the first time after the Stanley Cup final and we had a line brawl seven minutes in. So I think the fans, the media and everybody got what they wanted there," Canadiens winger Dale Weise said Wednesday after practice.
"I don't see it being the case tomorrow. The media kind of blows things up and the games have a hard time living up to that. We're just focusing on trying to come out and have a good game. Obviously, being the first home game, we're excited; our crowd is going to be jumping and we'll be ready to go."
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