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Let The Rebuilding Begin

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Roster changes are inevitable, but there could be a wholesale reshaping of the team after the Canadiens failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in eight seasons.
The Canadiens needed a win Saturday night in Toronto to grab the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but they fell to the Maple Leafs 6-5 in a game that was a microcosm of a failed season.

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Pointing Fingers In Montreal

Via Sportsnet and CP,

"The bottom line is we're not in the playoffs, and it started two months ago," said captain Saku Koivu, referring to a February slump that saw Montreal lose six consecutive games and begin a second-half slide that crushed the team's playoff hopes.
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Canadiens Are Finished

from Habs Inside/Out,

The Habs played just well enough to lose, being dominated through much of the first period and taking some brutal penalties while trying to nurse a one-goal lead early in the third.
Undisciplined play cost them as much as anything else on this night.

read on and I am sure the comments will continue to grow…

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Habs Take On Leafs

The Official Montreal vs. Toronto post. 
KK readers feel free to add you links or comments all day to this post.

from the Toronto Sun,

Jean Beliveau already could sense the buzz last month.
“I had so many people come up to me at the time saying: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if it all came down to the final game of the season between the Leafs and Canadiens?” the former Habs great recalled yesterday. “I guess they got their wish.”
Like millions around the country, Le Gros Bill will be in front of the tube this evening to watch yet another chapter in the Habs-Leafs rivalry, one that has deep implications.
The Canadiens control their own destiny. A win lands them a playoff spot.

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added 9:30am, from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

It will be the biggest game between these two bitter rivals in four decades, since the Toronto Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup by upsetting the Canadiens in 1967.
It might even be the biggest regular-season game ever played in this country.

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Huet Expected To Start

from the Montreal Gazette,

Look for Cristobal Huet to start in goal tomorrow night when the Canadiens’ playoff hopes depend on at least taking the Toronto Maple Leafs to overtime.
The only good thing to come out of the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers was the fact that Huet made his first appearance since Feb. 14 and showed that he’s fit enough to play in Toronto.
He replaced Jaroslav Halak in the third period and stopped the eight shots he faced.

more on the Canadiens…

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Hockey Night In Canada - And One (Maybe Both) Goes Home

from David Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,

Saturday’s Toronto forecast calls for cloudy skies, a high of 1 C, a 70-per-cent chance of flurries – and a 100-per-cent chance of monster TV ratings for CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada and RDS’s La Soirée du Hockey.
The Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre to see who goes to the Eastern Conference playoffs and who goes golfing.

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),

The Leafs were hopelessly inept offensively last night in losing 5-2 to the New York Islanders. All that saved them was the New York Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, which kept the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference, held by the Canadiens, one point away.
But the Leafs cannot let the Canadiens gain a point in an overtime loss when they meet at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night. The Canadiens hold all the advantages in the tiebreakers if the teams finish the season tied in points.

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from the AP via Newsday,

The Islanders trail ninth-place Toronto by one point and eighth-place Montreal by two points. New York has two games remaining, while Montreal and Toronto face each other Saturday night in their finales.

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Playing For All The Marbles

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

What could be more exciting than a winner-take-all showdown between the Canadiens and the archrival Toronto Maple Leafs for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference?
While the Canadiens play tomorrow night against the Rangers in New York and the Leafs visit the Islanders, it appears that Saturday night’s game in Toronto will decide one of the final spots.
“It will be the most important game a lot of the players on this team have ever played,” said Koivu, who showed that he wasn’t brooding over being benched in the latter stages of Saturday’s 4-3 win over Buffalo.
“If you think of the rivalry between us and the Leafs with the game on national TV, you can’t ask for anything more.”

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Koivu Living With Benching

from the Montreal Gazette,

Saturday night, Koivu was uncharacteristically absent from the room after the victory. Furious? Koivu was fit to be tied. Bet on it - although you would never have known it after yesterday’s practice, when he was diplomacy itself. Asked whether it was tough for an individual as competitive as himself to accept being benched in a critical situation, Koivu chose his words with care.
“It’s tough for me to answer why it happened. That’s something I can’t answer. That’s something you’d have to ask the coach….”
“No, no. We had a day off Sunday and there was no one here. Now there’s a week left and three games. I’ve been in situations where I don’t care who you are or how old you are, you’re not going to be happy with the decisions they’re making. It’s just something you have to live with and something you can’t control.”

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Tribute For Jean Beliveau

from Red Fisher at the Montreal Gazette,

As you’d expect, there will be an ‘A’ list attending tonight’s tribute to Jean Beliveau at the Bell Centre….
Gordie Howe is coming, and so are Johnny Bower, Ed Giacomin, Red Kelly, Rod Gilbert, Tony Esposito, Wayne Cashman, Doug Gilmour, Michel Goulet, Marian Stastny, Alain Cote and Stephen Finn.
And then, you can add this list of former distinguished Canadiens: Dickie Moore, Elmer Lach, Emile Bouchard, Senator Frank Mahovlich, Pete Mahovlich, Guy Lafleur, Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Larry Robinson, Ken Dryden, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Yvon Lambert, Andre Pronovost, Bob Gainey, Dollard St. Laurent, Guy Carbonneau, Marcel Bonin, Phil Goyette, Jean-Guy Talbot, Bobby Rousseau, Stephane Quintal, Vincent Damphousse and, of course, Rejean Houle, who was deeply involved in the organization of this one-of-a-kind event.

more.. if only Montreal was closer to Detroit, I’d be there…

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Huet Could Start Saturday

from the Montreal Gazette,

Cristobal Huet said it’s not his place to say when - or if - he will return to the Canadiens lineup, but the smart money says he will be in goal Saturday night when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Bell Centre.
Rookie Jaroslav Halak has carried the load for the Canadiens as they have moved into a playoff position in the Eastern Conference with five consecutive victories. But there are good reasons why Huet should get a start Saturday night even if Halak stands on his head and blanks the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night.

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