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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."
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
When it comes to keeping their own players and attracting new ones, the Montreal Canadiens have history on their side. They have a rafter full of retired jerseys and Stanley Cup banners testify to the team's pedigree.
But the Canadiens, like some other NHL teams north of the border, face a troublesome obstacle when it comes to negotiating with players: Revenue Canada. Many players on NHL teams in Quebec and Ontario pay the highest combined federal and provincial/state income tax rate in the NHL, a TSN study has found.
Canadiens defencemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban will each make $7 million on paper this year. But after handing over 49.7 per cent of their check to the taxman, they'll each bring home just $3.5 million.
Welcome to the modern NHL, where, as salaries skyrocket, the amount the players owe to the government is rising in kind.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
P.K. Subban had some advice for Steven Stamkos after the Tampa Bay sniper scored three goals Monday night to lead the Lightning to a lopsided 7-1 decision Monday night at Amalie Arena.
“I’d tell Steven to enjoy it because it’s not going to happen again,” said Subban....
“We’ve played a lot better against this team, i.e. in the playoffs last year, and we just have to park this loss,” said Subban, who was minus-2 on the night, was in the penalty box when Stamkos made it 4-1 and generally didn’t play very well.
“We’re still trying to figure out how to play,” said Subban. “We ‘re trying to figure out our identity. We’re very happy with this road trip and we just have to move on.”
more post-game comments
The first 20 seconds or so of the video shows a few clips of the game...
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Training camp and the preseason, Subban said, “is just a matter of trying to prepare for the regular season. You can’t focus on the positives and negatives, it’s just trying to get better every game. And trying to feel better every game.
“There’s still another level that we need to get to, right? It takes time. We have to continue to keep the game simple, keep it in front of us, work together. This team, this organization has had success because they play as a unit. We have to continue to do that.”
Back-to-back games against the Senators on Friday and Saturday turned up the heat more than a little with tempers flaring, gloves dropping, bodies thundering. If a rivalry with Ottawa continues to build, its foundation poured in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals two seasons ago, Subban sees a bigger picture.
“Everybody wants to beat us,” he said. “We have the most Stanley Cups (24) in the league. People want to beat us every time they play us. We’re the No. 1 target. Other than the Stanley Cup champion, we’re the next ones in line. Everybody’s trying to catch us.
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Eric Tangradi.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Imagine if Deion Sanders could skate with the grace and intensity of an NHLer.
He’d be P.K. Subban, wouldn’t he?
Think about it. While he easily lacks the career body of work of the NFL Hall of Famer — he is, after all, still just 25 — Subban has the mixture of elite skill and flamboyant flair that is unique to very few athletes past and present, Sanders being one of them.
In other words, Prime Time on Skates.
Don’t take our word for it, though. It’s actually a comparison Subban himself has made.
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Biggest storyline to watch: With Gionta and Gorges gone, this team has really been turned over to the next generation of Price, Subban and Pacioretty. Can they be the guys who lead Montreal back to elite status? It will be interesting to monitor how the top-nine forward group shakes out. Rene Bourque was a beast, at times, in the playoffs, but is there any chance he returns to 20-goal form? Parenteau will get a real chance to shine offensively, so we’ll see if he can put together a productive season. Sekac is a six-foot-two late-bloomer, and it seems reasonable to assume part of the reason he chose Montreal from a dozen or so suitors is because the Habs indicated there was a roster spot to be had. On the back end, Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi both seem primed to make the full-time jump. Beaulieu brings speed and offensive awareness, while Tinordi moves well for a guy who stands six-foot-six. If both hit their stride, it will be a major boon to the blue line.
2014-15 prediction: Montreal will be good enough to make the playoffs but is in for a shorter spring than it experienced last season.
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi served by Jiri Sekac Elbowing (maj) - 5 min against Nate Schmidt
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Chris Brown
01:55 WSH Chris Brown served by Nathan Walker Instigator - 2 min against Jarred Tinordi
01:55 WSH Chris Brown Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Jarred Tinordi
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi Game misconduct - 10 min
01:55 WSH Chris Brown Misconduct (10 min) - 10 min
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