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A very moving ceremony tonight for Guy Lapointe as his #5 went up to the rafters.
Watch the 21 minute ceremony below and Montreal does it right.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The 66-year-old will be the 18th Canadien so honoured, the first since the 2009 centennial-season tribute to former captain Émile (Butch) Bouchard and Punch Line centreman Elmer Lach.
The Habs have retired 15 numbers in all. Lapointe and Geoffrion both wore No. 5, Cournoyer and Dickie Moore had No. 12, Henri Richard and Lach wore No. 16.
It is long overdue that Lapointe is being honoured, and some will suggest that the Big Three should have gone up together, celebrating the magnificent unit that dominated team defence during the 1970s.
But Pointu is driving only the high road to Canadiens immortality.
“This is not anything that honestly I ever thought about or dreamed would happen,” Lapointe said, his emotions hanging by a thread. “I was happy for both of my teammates (Savard and Robinson) when their numbers were retired.
“When I reflect on our team, if anyone had success during the season, winning trophies or whatever, we were happy for them. That’s the way I was feeling. It was incredible news when Mr. Molson and Reggie came over and told me they were going to retire my jersey.”
Below, watch a Legeds of Hockey feature on LaPointe...
via Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
“We were a reactionary team. That’s the way we played the whole game. We reacted to the way they were playing, the score, the referees, we were reacting to all that instead of playing a proactive game and going after it. Emotions aside, the anger, all that – it’s extremely disappointing. For a group that prides itself on work and battle and competing, we had very little of that.” – (Todd) Richards.
via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Subban, who signed a $72-million contract prior to the season, is minus-6 in the past two games and said he’s one of the players who has to be better.
“I’ll be accountable,” he said. “You can write whatever you want about me. If we win 6-0, I think I should be better. It starts with guys setting the tone and I’m one of the guys who has to do that. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”...
“We have to do a better job of sticking to the plan,” said Subban. “We got away from it. They got some bounces, but they stuck to their plan.”
via Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Randy Carlyle could only sigh at the awful manner in which his team started in the Arizona desert.
"Turtle start," he said regretfully afterward, "it was slower than slow."
"It's a bad start," said Dion Phaneuf after the 3-2 loss to Arizona, who had won just twice in the previous eight games. "It's unacceptable to start that way. When you have a start like that it puts you behind the eight-ball and we were playing catch-up all night."
via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Replays from multiple angles showed the puck long gone from Emelin’s stick when Burrows, coming cross-ice, belted the Canadien who never appeared to see him coming. Emelin left the ice with assistance from head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend.
“Instead of having a five-minute power-play, the puck was in our net,” head coach Michel Therrien said.
There was no penalty called – linesman Darren Gibbs, working his 1,001st NHL game, was feet away – and incensed Therrien discussed the matter during a TV timeout with a referee. But Emelin returned to take a regular shift in the third period.
Therrien called it “a dirty hit to the head” but said that Emelin visited the dark room and passed all the tests, cleared by the doctor to return to action.
Watch the hit below...
Tinordi did receive two for kneeing and no report from the Flames on Stajan.
A little longer version from HNIC is below...
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.'"
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