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Brad Stuart on Alex Tanguay. Tanguay left the ice with a neck injury and did not return.
From an NHL press release today:
If the puck were dropped today, the first shift of the 57th NHL All-Star Game would look a lot like a Montreal Canadiens home game—or a latter-day version of the early All-Star games that pitted the defending Stanley Cup champs (often the Canadiens) against a team of luminaries from the rest of the League.
One major difference: Should current voting trends ultimately prevail, the Canadiens would become the first team in the history of NHL All-Star fan balloting to ice an entire starting lineup when the NHL All-Star Game faces off in Montreal’s Bell Centre Jan 25.
So the current starting lineup is: Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu, Alex Tanguay, Andrei Markov, Mike Komisarek and Carey Price.
Below is the complete list of Eastern Conference nominees and their current voting numbers:
The Canadiens lost to the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Georges Laraque, itching to shed his gloves and teach the 20-year-old a lesson, was tapped to trail Lucic and goad him into a fight. On their first shift together, Laraque tapped Lucic on the leg with his stick, then got in his face, asking the Bruin to drop his gloves. Lucic didn’t bite. For the rest of the period, Laraque was talking to Lucic, no doubt questioning his courage in the most explicit of ways.
Lucic continued to decline, prompting the Montreal fans to boo the forward and chant his name. But Lucic had someone more important to answer to than Laraque.
“There was no way it was going to happen,” said coach Claude Julien, who had, before the game, forbidden Lucic from fighting Laraque. “[Shawn] Thornton was there, ready for Georges. Nothing happened. My tough guy was ready for their tough guy. Simple as that. I told him not to fight. It was me.”
Tonight, Patrick Roy is standing on the podium in Montreal accepting the great honor of witnessing his number being retired by the Canadiens. We’ll add his acceptance speech to this post later (assuming it becomes available) as well as a couple more photos. A special night for Habs fans, without a doubt.
*image is a screenshot from the CBC broadcast of Roy at the podium tonight
Tonight was also a special night in Toronto where Wendel Clark also saw his number retired. I thought I’d include a few images from that ceremony on this same post. You’ll find them below.
On Nov. 22, 2003, the Canadiens and Oilers braved sub-zero temperatures for an outdoor hockey extravaganza. Here’s a look back at this historic event!
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins will be in Montreal tonight to face Les Glorieux, and it’s a good bet big Georges Laraque, all 6 feet 3 inches and 253 pounds of him, will fill the role of Maitre’d pugilist at Bell Centre.
“Yes, come right in,” he might say to Messrs. Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton. “How nice to see you gentlemen from Boston again. Might I find you a . . . seat?”
When Laraque and the Canadiens were in the Hub Nov. 13, he was equally as accommodating and gracious in the minutes after Lucic smacked elite Habs winger Alexei Kovalev with a hit near the Montreal bench that Laraque found, shall we say, objectionable.
Soon thereafter, Laraque asked Lucic to fight. Lucic wasn’t interested.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without defenceman Mike Komisarek services for another month.
Komisarek has missed the Canadiens’ last four games with a shoulder injury suffered after a fight with Boston’s Milan Lucic last week.
From the Montreal Canadiens:
For one generation, the dream was to be like Maurice Richard or Guy Lafleur. For another, it was all about Patrick Roy.
Before Roy began showcasing his talents in the Canadiens’ crease in 1985, goaltending was generally reserved for the less athletic or, if you prefer, less talented. That changed quickly with the arrival of the Habs’ netminder, who suddenly had kids across Quebec clamoring to strap on the pads just like their idol.
When Roy decided to hang up his pads after a 19-year NHL career in 2002-03, the league was inundated with stoppers who grew up admiring the Habs’ No. 33. Just that year alone, there were 29 Quebec native goaltenders lacing up their skates in the NHL.
Update 1:45pm ET: Lynn Zinser at the New York Times has a great summation of Roy’s Top 10 Moments
The video below is a career retrospective in honor of Roy’s jersey retirement on Saturday night, with numerous other NHLers reflecting on his career.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Craig Conroy twice experienced the wrath of Patrick Roy.
On his first day on the ice as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens, a high shot in warmup brought about a confrontation with the Hall-of-Fame goaltender…
“It was actually my very first day on the ice. Patrick was on my team for the scrimmage,” said Conroy, who was a little excited in warmup and watched his first shot at Roy get away from him.
“It kept rising and hit him in the head. He kind of stopped everything, cleared off his crease, then he came out and actually punched me in the head with his blocker.
“I thought, ‘What do I do?’ He’s Patrick Roy. I’m just nobody. I didn’t throw any punches or anything. I just kind of took it and they broke it up. I was sent down (to the AHL Fredericton Canadiens) pretty soon after that.”
more from Conroy on Roy…
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