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In his hometown against Montreal, Bob Cole with the call.
NEW YORK (January 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today the participating Clubs, locations and dates for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games planned for the 2015-16 NHL regular season.
The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, on Jan. 1, 2016. When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following Toronto’s appearance in 2014.
The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will feature two games. On Sunday, Feb. 21, in a first for the Club, the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the Univ. of Minnesota campus. The following weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field.
from Eric Stromgren of the Tennessean,
Predators coach Peter Laviolette gave an earful to linesman Don Henderson as he left the Bell Centre ice after a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Tuesday night.
Laviolette was venting about Craig Smith's tripping penalty on Lars Eller 2:34 into overtime, which turned into a four-on-three power play and the game-winning goal from P.K. Subban in the final game before the NHL's All-Star break.
"I don't think the last penalty was a penalty at all," Laviolette said. "Our guy had a heavy stick. There was no tripping."
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Here is a short video of Laviolette walking off the ice and giving it to the officials and at one point you can hear him say "Montreal typical"...
Below, although not a great view, you can see the OT penalty called against the Predators....
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens appear set to take it outside in the 2016 Winter Classic.
According to multiple reports, the rivals will face off in the NHL's annual showcase at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1.
A visit to the home of the New England Patriots marks just the third time the Winter Classic will be staged in an NFL stadium, having previously been held at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium (2008) and Pittsburgh's Heinz Field (2011).
The NHL is expected to make a formal announcement during the All-Star break this coming weekend in Columbus.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It was a fantastic goalie matchup in Columbus on Wednesday night, and for two-and-a-half periods it looked like Sergei Bobrovsky would outduel Carey Price. But then the Montreal Canadiens exploded for three power-play goals -- two by Max Pacioretty, who now has 20 goals on the season -- and rallied for a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Price was once again outstanding as he bolstered his Hart and Vezina campaigns.
The Canadiens continue to prove people wrong and now sit just one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division, and the Habs have three games in hand.
For the Blue Jackets, this is a devastating loss. To be up 2-0 midway through the third period and lose like that could be a loss that deflates them. They had rallied hard since Dec. 1 to save their season, but with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals on fire were unable to make up much ground in the Metropolitan Division, and barely any in the conference overall, either. Now 13 points back after Wednesday's loss, it might be time to start thinking about next year.
read on for Custance on the Wild, Burnside on the Kings and Strang on the Capitals...
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets penalty, Montreal power-play goal. Repeat. Repeat again. Lose three in a row. Do the collapse. A rash of rule-breaking cost the Jackets dearly tonight. Matt Calvert, Jared Boll and Brandon Dubinsky were boxed for slashing, high sticking and boarding, respectively, during a stretch of 4:10 late in the third period. Did they really just take those? Really? Yes, and they led to two power-play goals for Max Pacioretty and another for P.K. Subban.
A 2-0 third-period lead for the Blue Jackets went poof. “We just gave away two points,” Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said. “Something we don’t want to do is lose two in a row,” Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert said. Instead, they lost three in a row, and their already deep hole was dug deeper. The season is half complete. Forty-one games remain. The Blue Jackets are 18-20-3, 13 points out of a playoff spot.
“It’s just disappointing. This one bothers me. We found a way to lose this game.” – Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s not try to put lipstick on a pig. The NHL all-star selections are ludicrous, period. There’s no defending this, no trying to pretend there are good reasons for some of the people who got tickets to Columbus to be there — or for leaving out some of those who will spend the break on a beach.
It’s a travesty that Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban weren’t selected, period. Two years ago, Subban was good enough to win a Norris Trophy. So this year, he isn’t good enough to make the all-star team? Are we trying for farce here? Because the joke isn’t funny.
The problem starts with the rule that every team, even the rancid Edmonton Oilers, has to get a selection. So we get the sort-of-not-too-awful-but-not-really-very-good Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with his 25 points and his minus-5 in what is supposed to be an All-Star Game. What next? They all get orange slices and certificates for participating?
I don’t know what’s uglier here. The All-Star Game uniforms or the team selection. We get Bobby Ryan with his 12 goals and 16 assists, the guy who can’t spell “intense.” We get Phat Phil Kessel, who is to the Maple Leafs what dry rot is to a house. Thanks to fans with devices in hand, we get an entire Blackhawks unit and Zemgus Girgensons, whose name is better than his game: 11 goals, nine assists and a minus-6.
La Marseillaise was played out of respect for the recent tragedies in France.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Jarred Tinordi was knocked-out cold in an "assumed" staged fight.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
From Max Pacioretty’s opening goal (who says the Habs don’t score in the first period?) to Alexei Emelin’s comet that pinged off the post to seal the deal, the Canadiens flat owned the Penguins. Pittsburgh got its only goal from David Perron, who still counted his Steel City tenure in hours when he scored to celebrate his release from the train wreck that used to be the Edmonton Oilers.
That was it for the mighty Penguins, though Sidney Crosby did do some world-class whining all night long. For once, whoever picked the three stars got it right: 1) Tom Gilbert; 2) Alexei Emelin; 3) Carey Price.
With that, the Canadiens wrapped up a holiday road trip that has been their Bermuda Triangle for as long as I can remember with five straight wins. They had taken a good Islanders team, Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and Pittsburgh in succession — and won what turned out to be the toughest game of the trip by beating the Panthers with Dustin Tokarski in goal....
Cut to the HNIC panel with George Stroumboulopoulos (still looking acutely uncomfortable in his new role) Kelly Hrudey (still bitter about 1993) and Elliotte Friedman. Friedman is, with the possible exception of TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the best hockey broadcaster in the country — but on this night he went astray.
Friedman said he has a Hart Trophy vote and if the season ended now, his vote would go to Price. No problem there, except I wouldn’t vote for a goaltender to win the Hart on principal — like baseball pitchers with the Cy Young.
The problem was Friedman made it clear his vote would go to Price because he’s winning with an inferior team. Hrudey, who would rather drink a glassful of tacks than give the Canadiens any credit, said he would give the nod to Nashville’s Pekka Rinne — an ironic choice, given Rinne had just wrapped up a 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
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