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Habs A Fragile Team At This Point

from the CP via TSN,

The Predators outplayed Montreal for most of the game, but Huet held them off with a succession of fine saves in the first two periods and with the help of two hit goalposts.

“This was a perfect chance to get a win despite the team having a bad game,” said Huet. “It is disgraceful to blow a lead like that, especially at home.

“I can’t explain it.”

Except that he did later, saying: “We’re a fragile team. We’re a little weak between the ears.”

His teammates jumped to Huet’s defence, saying the game could have been out of reach early if he hadn’t shut the door in the first two periods.

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Habs Pay Up

from the Montreal Gazette,

The National Hockey League can’t protect players from headshots and dangerous hits from behind, but it is determined to have games start on time.

The Canadiens have been fined an undisclosed amount after the start of last Monday’s game against Ottawa was delayed about 10 minutes because the ceremony to retire Larry Robinson’s No. 19 ran longer than planned.

more and you can read about the Leafs situation if you wish…

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Habs Searching For Offense

from the Montreal Gazette,

A week after saying that he liked the way his team was playing, Carbonneau shrugged his shoulders when asked about the recent slide that has seen the Canadiens lose four of their last six games. While the Canadiens are clinging to fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, they have slipped four points behind their pace of last season.

“I think we’re playing well defensively, but we’re not scoring,” said Carbonneau…

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Shot To The Ribs

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Now that Ottawa has lost a fifth game, isn’t it about time talking heads on radio and television stop making comparisons between them and the Canadiens team of the late 1970s, which lost only eight games in 1976-77? Yeah ... Martin Gerber and Ken Dryden; Wade Redden and Larry Robinson ... Guy Lafleur and any of the Senators’ forwards.

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HHOF Member Tom Johnson Has Passed Away

From TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens say Hockey Hall of Famer Tom Johnson has died. He was 79.

Johnson spent 15 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Canadiens before finishing his career with the Boston Bruins.

The native of Baldur, Man., won six Stanley Cups as a player with the Canadiens.

continued…

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  Tags: boston+bruins, montreal+canadiens, tom+johnson

Tonight The Canadiens Honor Larry Robinson

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

MARVELVILLE—The road from this hamlet south of Ottawa to Montreal goes east and north to Hwy. 417. For Larry Robinson, it was paved with the work ethic of a farmer’s son.

Broke after his first year in pro hockey, and with a young wife and son, Robinson worked on the paving crew—7 a.m.-7 p.m.—on the 417 between Russell and Maxville in the summer of 1972.

Robinson made just $7,500 the previous winter playing for the Canadiens’ AHL farm team in Halifax. With wife Jeannette and son Jeffrey, money was stretched thin, especially when the team went on a long playoff run and won the Calder Cup.

added 8:56am, Habs Inside/Out has some Robinson memories you may be interested in.  Some nice postcard pictures of Robinson and Red Fisher looks at Robinson.

Update 5:25pm ET: (alanah) From The Hockey News,

If the Montreal Canadiens keep retiring the numbers of everyone who deserves it, they’ll look more like a football team than a hockey team in a few years.

The Canadiens, who do these ceremonies far better than anyone else in the NHL (are you watching, Maple Leafs?) are set to retire their 12th number Monday night when Larry Robinson’s No. 19 is raised to the rafters of the Bell Centre. That will be followed by Bob Gainey’s No. 23 in February with it all but certain the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy’s No. 33 next season when they celebrate their 100th anniversary.

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Update 8:22pm ET: (alanah) via TSN:

Montreal Canadiens fans had waited a long time to give Larry Robinson the ovation he received Monday night, and they weren’t going to sit down until they were good and ready.

Robinson joined 12 other Canadiens legends when his No. 19 was retired and raised to the Bell Centre rafters before Montreal’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

Robinson received an ovation of several minutes when he was first introduced to the crowd, and he tried sitting down to get the fans to stop.  But they refused, continuing for several more minutes despite Robinson’s repeated attempts to get them to sit down.

More photos here.
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*original time of post 8:28 a.m. ET. Last update 5:22pm ET

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Automatic One Game Suspension for Tom Kostopoulos

via TSN,

Kostopoulos recieved an automatic one-game suspension from the NHL for going after Bruins’ Mark Stuart late in the 7-4 Canadiens’ victory. He was given an instigator penalty and a game misconduct on the play.

The Kostopoulos incident was only one of a number of altercations between the two clubs in the third period.

The NHL will not fine Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau.

added 12:35pm, TSN has updated the link and now saying Cabeonneau has been fined.

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Chara Points Finger At Habs

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Chara said the Canadiens started all the nonsense on the ice, but were unwilling to finish it, and that what goes around, comes around, etc.

(The two teams meet next on Dec. 6 in Boston.)

Carbonneau was buying none of that, with these illustrations:

Ten minutes into the third period, Bruins’ Jeremy Reich, who’d played not enough this game to work up a sweat, ran Canadiens goalie Carey Price;

Less than a minute later, Bruins defenceman Mark Stuart pummelled a why-me? Andrei Kostitsyn.

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn, boston+bruins, carey+price, fighting, jeremy+reich, mark+stuart, montreal+canadiens, zdeno+chara

Old-Time Hockey

Game recaps are avoided at KK, but every so often, games like this need to be mentioned…

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You want shots? Pencil in 52 by the Canadiens and 36 by the Bruins, even though Boston held a 20-15 margin in shots in the first period.

You want tempers boiling over as they did in “old-time hockey”? At one point in the third period, there were eight players (four by the Canadiens) in the penalty box.

You want fights?

They were there in bunches ... particularly when the Habs put the game out of reach in the third period….

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Looking For His Name On The Cup

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Remember Don Awrey, who played 128 of his 979 NHL games with the Canadiens?...

I mention Awrey now because he was on the telephone several days ago inquiring how to go about what he termed to “right a wrong.” What was wrong was that even though he appeared in most of the regular-season games during the Canadiens’ first of four consecutive Stanley Cups in 1975-76, he wasn’t dressed in the playoffs because of a knee injury. Result: the next time you read the names on the Cup for that year, you won’t find Awrey’s name on it because league rules at the time called for a player to appear in at least one playoff game in order to have his name on it.

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