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Adams Hit On Bergeron Today

via a Nick Kypreos tweet,

Indication from the league is the Craig Adams 5 min hit from behind on Bergeron won’t be enough to warrant additional discipline.

Adams received five for checking from behind and a game misconduct.

Bob Cole and Garry Galley with the call.

 

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Canadiens Gain Home Ice Advantage With Win Over Penguins

I sure did not expect a Montreal win today, especially with Andrei Markov out.

Credit to coach Martin for the system Montreal is playing and credit to the players for staying within that system.

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Replacing Markov Won’t Be Easy For Montreal

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The task to replace him in game two against the defending Stanley Cup champions now falls to a defensive corps that boasts a 20-year-old rookie as its best skater and puck mover – and likely power-play quarterback.

“(Subban)’s very patient with the puck, and has lots of speed. He has so much confidence with the pack, it’s what makes him so good,” said veteran Roman Hamrlik, a player whose form will go a long way to determining whether the Habs can overcome Markov’s loss.

Another who will have to find a new gear is Marc-Andre Bergeron, and offensively-gifted but otherwise limited defenceman who spent much of game one playing with Subban.

“He’s been great, he’s amazing with the puck, and has a lot of qualities as a hockey player, he skates well, he handles the puck really well,” said Bergeron, who has shared the same ice with other young blue line prodigies like Washington’s Tom Poti and Minnesota’s Brett Burns.

Martin would surely like to add the veteran presence of Jaroslav Spacek to the defence, but the Czech rearguard is still suffering from a virus and is not yet game-ready.

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Markov In Montreal For Treatment

from the CP at TSN,

The Canadiens confirmed Saturday that star defenceman Andrei Markov has returned to Montreal to receive treatment for an injury suffered Friday night in a Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Markov was hurt just past the 11-minute mark of the first period when he was checked cleanly into the boards by Penguins agitator Matt Cooke. Markov fell awkwardly into the boards, threw one of his gloves into the air and writhed in pain on the ice as some of his teammates went after Cooke at centre ice.

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Matt Cooke Hit On Andrei Markov Tonight

Clean hit but Markov is out with a lower body injury, probably a right knee issue.

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Can Halak Be Even Better?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Halak! Halak! Halak! People already are calling him another Ken Dryden, winner of six Stanley Cups in eight seasons. Another Patrick Roy, who led the Canadiens to their last two Cups.

You don’t volunteer for greatness. You earn it, as Dryden and Roy did leading their teams to the summit. But for now, Halak’s excellence in this first round had more than a touch of magic to it.

Remarkably, Halak stopped 131 of the 134 shots he faced in the last three games. The Canadiens scored eight times on their 66 shots.

How do you top that? Halak didn’t merely give his team a chance to win, he carried it on his slender shoulders - just as he did bringing the Canadiens into the playoffs. On the other hand, another number should tell you that his supporting cast was there for him.

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More Than Just A Game In Montreal

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette at NHL.com,

For Montrealers, hockey always has been more than just a game. It is our hopes, our dreams, our culture, our national identity.

Nowhere has it been played with more success and more passion. Nowhere does it elicit more joy from its audiences. When the Canadiens win, the fans win. When the Canadiens lose, they lose.

Once, the team was the blinding speed of a Howie Morenz. It was a Maurice Richard sweeping in on a goaltender whenever there was a game to be won. It was the grace of Jean Beliveau, the brilliance of Doug Harvey, the booming shot of Bernie Geoffrion, the finesse of Dickie Moore and the Hall of Fame excellence of Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and so many others.

How many treasured memories have they delivered to generations not only of Canadiens fans, but to Canadians across the land—and elsewhere? How much joy did they bring? How many hearts did they break—particularly among visiting teams?

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Act Like You’ve Been There Before

from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,

They filled the bars. They cheered wildly. They believed, and after it was over, they poured out on their city’s streets to celebrate their victory. Car horns honked. Flags were waved, and lampposts were climbed. It was madness, sweet madness, and the fan delirium in Montreal on Wednesday night was all because of a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals ... in the first round of the playoffs.

So, this is how it is these days in the city of hockey champions.

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Feeling Humble

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

To fall short so early in the process this year is quite humbling.

But my personality and outlook on life is thus “if it doesn’t kill you–it will make you stronger”.

We won’t do anything rash or make any decisions out of emotional angst. We will collect our thoughts. We will be energized by our failure. We will seek to improve. We will be diligent in our research and we won’t deviate from our plan. We still intend to build around our core.

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Also from Ted,

We lost. But Montreal won. They deserve respect and congratulations for a well played series.

They played committed hockey, they sacrificed, and they out worked us. I have never seen better D and more blocked shots in a playoff series. I think they blocked as many shots as we took last night. Another stat I had never seen before.

Their goal tending ended up being better than our goal tending.

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Morning Line

We’re not sure the playoffs are a better place this morning, with the highly entertaining Washington Capitals packing their gear and the shot-blocking Habs game-planning on how now to grind the Pittsburgh Penguins to a halt. But everyone loves a No. 8 seed — and we do too.

Pittsburgh has played the maximum nine rounds over the past three post-seasons. They’re ripe, and the Canadiens are hot. We’ll take the Habs in seven.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where more hockey topics are discussed.

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