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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Count me in for some NHL viewing tonight. OK, so I do that every night (much to my wife’s chagrin), but seriously, there’s a pair of real compelling matchups tonight with Detroit at San Jose and Montreal at Minnesota….
As expected, the Wings and Sharks already top the Western Conference standings. It’s only late October, but you know these kinds of games are important for a San Jose team trying to finally break through after four seasons of contending.
Sibling rivalry will be taken to a new level Thursday night when Saku and Mikko Koivu face off against each another in Minnesota.
The game will mark the first time in NHL history that two brothers will clash as captains — Saku is the long-time captain of the Canadiens, while Mikko was given the “C” by the Minnesota Wild before this season.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Among the 30-plus head coaches who have worked behind the Canadiens’ bench during the past century, none approaches those who joined the franchise’s Builders Row last night at the Bell Centre. Not even close.
It starts with the numbers for Dick Irvin Sr., Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, who won a combined 16 Stanley Cups during the 36 seasons they wore the CH on their hearts. I’m talking about coaches who posted a 1,350-678-416 record in 2,444 regular-season games. It’s about their dedication to winning. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s in the admiration they earned for winning as often as they did.
from Kevin Mio of the Montreal Gazette,
When you walked into this famous dressing room for the first time, what were your thoughts?
“It’s fun. Like I mentioned Detroit, and it is very similar to that. It’s an old arena and you have the old pictures, the same as here. You have the old players with the current ones, so it’s a good blend.”
The Canadiens are the fourth Original Six team you have played for, after Boston, Detroit and Chicago. How does this compare with the others?
“Detroit was very good, as far as the history there and all that stuff.
Chicago was a little bit different, but it was a really young team, so it was just a little different feel on the team. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was just a lot of young guys and a rebuilding process. And then here, obviously, you have history on every corner and then it’s the centennial year on top of that, so it’s very exciting.”
from the CP via Yahoo,
Kim St-Pierre has made another breakthrough - playing in goal at a Montreal Canadiens practice.
The 29-year-old goaltender for Canada’s national women’s team was called in when goalie Carey Price missed practice for a second straight day with a flu.
She was on the ice for the full 90 minutes and did not look out of place as the NHL players fired pucks at both her and back-up goalie Jaroslav Halak through a succession of drills.
from Graeme Hamilton of the National Post,
Back in the days of Maurice Richard, there were tales of ailing Montreal Canadiens fans who claimed they had been cured by touching his jersey. Today, the young goalie expected to lead the team to playoff glory has been nicknamed Jesus Price. That Montrealers are mad about hockey is no secret, but students at the Université de Montréal will soon be learning that the fervour is religious.
Habs Inside/Out found this gem,
The fabled Montreal Forum Ghosts have a starring role in a new television commercial celebrating the Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary.
The TV spot, created by Jet Films, features current Habs players in colour playing against the original teams, before NHL expansion, in black and white. The ad is supported by two different posters promoting the team’s centennial.
continued and watch the video below…
from Eyes On The Prize,
...here are nine Montreal Canadiens cards from 1911-12. In mint condition, judging by recent sales and auctions, the set might be worth a million!
Only the second ever set of hockey cards issued, the C55 1911-12 Imperial Tobacco series of 45 cards is a most sought after set.
take a look at the cards and read more about them…
via Habs Inside/Out,
Depleted lineup tonight.
Andrei Kostitsyn is still recovering from having his bell rung against Phoenix.
Christopher Higgins is still recovering from his groin injury.
Georges Laraque was recovered from his groin injury; but after two games, it’s acting up again.
from James Duthie of TSN,
Welcome to Habapalooza. The schedule isn’t even complete yet, and already we know the Ring of Honour ceremony will be followed by (brace yourself): Builder’s Night (Oct. 28), Memorable Games in Canadiens History DVD release (Nov. 4), Patrick Roy’s sweater retirement (Nov. 22), Opening of Centennial Plaza (Dec. 4), Centennial Gala (Dec. 5), NHL All-Star Weekend (Jan 24-25), launch of the Canadiens Hall of Fame (April), NHL Draft (June 27), 8 “Vintage Jersey” games, and two “Original Six Salute” games. Oh ya, and the Stanley Cup Final* (June).
And I didn’t even get to the Special Edition Montreal Canadiens Monopoly Game, the commemorative stamps, and a special minted Habs Loonie (the only Canadian dollar that may rise in value this year).
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