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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The level of frustration couldn’t be much higher after the Canadiens’ latest defeat — a 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
“We deserved the point we got, we deserved to get two points,” said defenceman P.K. Subban. “We did a lot of good things, we made it difficult for them to get out of their zone. We played a good game, but we can be better.
“In my short time in this league, I’ve learned that things get tougher in the second half,” Subban said. “Teams are looking for points and they tighten up and we have to do the same thing.”
The Canadiens outshot the Blues 49-22 and had the lead at 2-1 and 3-2, but a couple of mistakes allowed St. Louis to send the game into overtime and emerge with the win when Jori Lehtera took advantage of a turnover and beat Mike Condon at 2:04 of overtime.
“Good teams win that game, average teams win that game,” said captain Max Pacioretty. “We did some good things, but there were little things that hurt us.”
Coach Michel Therrien said he liked his team’s effort and emotion and noted the Blues had a single scoring chance in the final period.
The Canadians now sit in the second wild card spot in the East.
Watch the game highlights below...
MONTREAL– Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Friday the acquisition of defenseman Victor Bartley and forward John Scott from the Arizona Coyotes, in return for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier. Bartley and Scott will both join the Canadiens’ AHL farm team in St. John’s.
Bartley, 27, appeared in one game with Nashville this season, totaling two hits and five blocked shots. He added one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.
Nashville, Tenn. (January 15, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Victor Bartley.
Elliott, 24 (1/30/91), has skated in 82 career NHL games, posting 24 points (8g-16a) in parts of five seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman has spent the 2015-16 campaign with Arizona, notching six points (2g-4a), 10 hits and 16 blocked shots in 19 games.
added 3:41pm, Arizona release is below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
When does a funk become a season-killing slide? The Montreal Canadiens are certainly playing with fire.
The Habs played a whale of game in Montreal on Thursday night, launching 40 shots at Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks, but losing 2-1 to continue a horrid trek that has seen them lose 14 of their past 19 games. Afterward, Habs captain Max Pacioretty dismissed any silver lining in having mostly outplayed the Hawks, who have now won nine straight. Moral victories are of no use right now, the captain said. "What we need is two points," Pacioretty said.
A popular refrain back on Jan. 1 at the Winter Classic was that perhaps the 5-1 thumping of Boston in front of 70,000-plus on such a huge stage would be a springboard for the Habs. Their players truly believed that. It has not happened. And the killer has been the team's inability to finish off scoring chances.
"We've got to find ways,'' said winger Brendan Gallagher. "We have guys capable of doing it in this locker room. We're not looking for answers from outside. We believe in each other and we still have that belief.'' If you're GM Marc Bergevin, your team is just two points away from the danger zone, are you really still looking to add a piece before Feb. 29, or do you now have to reconsider? Will Carey Price's return after the All-Star break be the only tonic they need?
continue for Custance, Burnside and McDonald for more on the Habs...
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Montreal Canadiens forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Devante Smith-Pelley were to meet with general manager Marc Bergevin on Tuesday to discuss a reported incident at Galchenyuk’s downtown apartment.
Montreal La Presse’s digital edition reported that Galchenyuk’s girlfriend was arrested on the weekend in a case of alleged domestic violence. La Presse Plus says the woman was freed and the file sent to Crown officials who will determine whether charges should be laid.
Galchenyuk and Smith-Pelley, also reported to be present during the incident, took part in practice and then were to meet with Bergevin.
The players were informed of the situation before practice.
“It’s a personal issue between Alex and his girlfriend and it’s not something we’re going to talk about,” said forward Brendan Gallagher.
It seems like it's been five years since the Montreal Canadiens opened the season 9-0 -- but that was this season. Goaltender Carey Price was playing even better than his otherworldly 2014-15 season, but he only made it through 12 games so far this season, leaving November 25 with what the NHL's extremely vague injury parlance referred to as a lower-body injury. This is the second time that has happened this year -- and he's not expected to return now until the end of January, after the All-Star break. Since that 9-0-0 start, the Canadiens have gone 14-17-3 -- but have only won three games in their last 10, something that has moved the online betting world around.
from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,
It might have been the strongest game Subban had played in over a month, but that was of no consolation to him.
“I couldn’t give a s*** about my f****** first goal in however long,” he said. “It doesn’t f****** matter.”
Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, who threw around some foul language after a 6-2 loss to the Dallas Stars that kicked off a 2-6-0 road trip from Dec. 19 – Jan. 5, stopped mid-sentence to peer over a scrum of reporters to listen in on what Subban had to say.
Pacioretty delivered his comments in a cooler tone.
“It’s frustrating to lose a game today,” said Pacioretty. “We gotta score more than one goal to win the game.”
The Canadiens have only won two of 18 games in which they’ve scored two or less.
This is a team that led the NHL in scoring through their first 20 games, a team that was scoring three or more goals on a regular basis. It’s a team that has now been held to three or less goals in 15 of their last 19 games.
Watch Subban and Pacioretty post-game below...
Six of them, none near the bench...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Head coach Michel Therrien fired off a warning shot to the Montreal Canadiens after Tuesday night’s sleep-inducing loss to the Flyers, which may have served as a low-water mark in a forgettable six weeks for the club.
“There’s some guys on our team that in the second half are really going to have to start picking up their game,” Therrien said.
Therrien didn’t name names, but he was talking about the Canadiens’ bottom-six forwards.
For all the chatter about goaltender Carey Price and his absence accounting for the Canadiens’ nose-dive through the Atlantic, the real story may be the radio silence of Montreal’s depth scoring.
Yes, the Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in 13 of the 18 games since Price went down again on Nov. 25 in New York.
But they’ve also scored more than two goals in just four of those 18 contests. Including the five-goal outburst in the Winter Classic win over the Bruins, the Habs have netted 36 goals over 18 games – exactly two per game.
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