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from Jim Withers at the Montreal Gazette,
The hockey-stick door handles are a giveaway: This is no typical Parisian brasserie.
You don’t come here to soak up Paris’s bohemian lifestyle, savour foie gras or fantasize about hanging out with Hemingway and Toulouse-Lautrec.
You come here for burgers, poutine, beer — and to get your Habs fix.
In the heart of the world’s most romantic city, The Great Canadian Pub has for more than eight years been an oasis for homesick, museum-weary North Americans. On the tourist-heavy Left Bank only a short stroll from Notre Dame Cathedral, hockey-starved visitors find salvation here and communion with their fellow Canadiens faithful.
While TGC, as it is commonly known, shows other sports on its overhead TV screens, hockey rules here — an overturned hockey helmet serves as the barmaids’ tip jar — and the Canadiens are, for all intents and purposes, the home team.
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Why was a Norris Trophy-winning defenceman on the bench for the last four minutes of regulation time and most of the OT? Alex Pietrangelo played 30:49 for St. Louis, while P.K. Subban played 20:52.
Yes, P.K. was on the ice for Stewart’s game-tying goal. He was also on, and drew an assist, on the Rene Bourque goal that got the Canadiens back into the game.
P.K. had lessToI than either Josh Gorges or Raphael Diaz.
But Raphael Diaz, FFS!
P.K. played only five minutes more than Douglas Murray and 55 seconds more than Francis Bouillon.
more on Montreal's SO loss to St. Louis...
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
.. if Yzerman really is thinking of leaving Subban home, then he’s out of his ever-lovin’ mind. The thought of Subban wheeling and dealing with other players of his calibre on the big ice in Sochi is mouth-watering.
Sadly, part of the blame for the perception that Subban isn’t dependable in his own end lies with his coach. Therrien has made a couple of comments about Subban that put the “luke” in lukewarm, declining to say when asked if Subban should be on Team Canada and also refusing to call him a world-class player.
When he opts for Douglas Murray during the last minute of a one-goal game with Subban nailed to the bench, when he keeps his star off the penalty kill, when he lets 24CH tape an episode with him ripping his star, Therrien feeds the controversy — unwisely, in my view.
One fine day, Subban is going to have to decide whether to sign a long-term deal in Montreal or take a bundle of money to play elsewhere. If this keeps up, you could hardly blame him if he elects to leave a situation where he is constantly at odds with his coach for a place where his considerable gifts are appreciated.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
It might seem curious that Team Canada would pass over as gifted a skater, stickhandler and shooter as Subban for a tournament on Olympic-sized ice, but doing so would surely owe to a tag that has stuck to him since he was a junior player: risky in his own end.
The stats don’t bear that out – by any measure, Subban is an above-average defender, and has shown elite defending ability in his career – but how can Steve Yzerman and the other Team Canada selectors trust Subban to be steady and reliable when there are recent indications the Habs have their doubts?
Earlier this week coach Michel Therrien sent Andrei Markov, Subban’s regular partner, out with Francis Bouillon in the final two minutes of a 2-0 game at Madison Square Garden.
On Tuesday, with Montreal clinging to a 2-1 lead against Dallas, Therrien nailed Subban to the bench for the final 2:56, and threw the statuesque Douglas Murray on the ice alongside Markov.
Though Dallas generated a couple of quick scoring chances, the Habs held on.
But Therrien’s decision to keep his stud defenceman off the ice raised eyebrows, and voices, on Montreal talk radio and in fan forums – all amid the usual circumspection, which is to say borderline hysteria.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday a four-year contract extension for defenseman Alexei Emelin (2014-15 to 2017-18).
“We are very happy to have secured a long term agreement with Alexei. He is an important part of our group of core players. He shows a very good work ethic and has a good attitude. He can play big minutes against the opponents’ best players, and hard-hitting defensemen of his type are hard to find. We are very confident that he will fully recover from his knee injury and be able to compete at a high level for many years to come” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
“I am very pleased to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization for the coming years. I love Montreal and I am confident that I will soon return to the ice fully recovered from my injury and contribute to the success of our team,” said Alexei Emelin.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The uneven officiating in this one did not exactly even out. There was a mighty questionable roughing call against Brian Boyle that created the power play on which Tomas Plekanec gave the Habs a 1-0 lead at 16:34 of the second period off a brilliant five-man play.
There was a bizarre interference call against Chris Kreider for not moving out of the way of a pair of Montreal players who collided at the Canadiens’ blue line and thus opened up the alley for a Derick Brassard power-play breakaway before it was whistled down at 5:37 of the third.
“The ref told me that the ice belongs to the defensemen,” Richards said, relaying the gist of his conversation with referee Dave Jackson.
“There’s nothing like that in the rule book.
“They made the call because two of their guys collided and fell.”
more on the game...
from Rick Carpiniello of Rangers Report,
Then the Chris Kreider penalty.... The kid was told by the officials that it’s his fault, that it’s his responsibility to get out of the way of the defender skating backward. And, OK, while that really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense—that the offensive player isn’t allowed to stand at the blue line and not move – Kreider’s contact was incidental. The two Canadiens colliding is what caused the call to be made. Terrible call, just as Derick Brassard is breaking in from the left wing.
And finally, the kicked-in goal. To me, it was pretty much the same play as the J.T. Miller goal in Philly that got wiped out by a replay review in Toronto. I don’t think either guy intentionally kicked it in. I thought both skates were going forward and made contact with the puck. So both are either distinct kicking motions, or neither are, IMO.
again, more on the game...
Want to see the interference call? Watch it below and sorry Ranger fans, I have seen this type of call hundreds of times and in my opinion it was the correct call.
Also below, is the J.T. Miller waived off goal against Philadelphia and to me, you can see the distinct kicking motion as opposed to the Alex Galchenyuk goal which was upheld as a good goal.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens launched 24 CH with a promise to give viewers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the team, and the show has delivered.
Based on the popular HBO 24/7 series that focuses on teams preparing for the annual Winter Classic, 24 CH could have been another bland attempt by an organization to control the message with breezy features and cherry personality pieces.
But the season debut set the tone for this season when the cameras followed Louis Leblanc into general manager Marc Bergevin’s office, where the former first-round draft choice was told he was being assigned to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs....
It was a riveting scene, the kind of conversation that is usually kept behind closed doors. I don’t imagine Leblanc was pleased at being pilloried in a public forum, but it provided fans with an insight as to why the player who received a standing ovation at the Bell Centre when he was drafted 18th overall in 2009 is now spinning his wheels in the minors....
There was another candid look behind closed doors in a recent episode of 24 CH, and this one involved the interaction between head coach Michel Therrien and defenceman P.K. Subban between periods of a game.
Here is the no-goal by Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadians...
Perhaps the NHL should make decisions more clear by announcing the play was overruled on the ice before going to the Situation Room in Toronto. That way fans at the game plus the TV audience knows what is going on. In this instance, everyone felt it would be a goal since the video replay showed no concrete evidence otherwise, until of course the ref announced what was decided by the group of on-ice officials.
What did Michel Therrien have to say about the call? Watch the first 25 seconds of the video below...
A little more than a minute left in regulation, Seth Jones picks up his first game winning goal.
Nice toe-drag too.
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