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NHL.com GameCenter describes the goal by Max Pacioretty as a wrist shot...
from the CP at TSN,
Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher suffered a concussion in Saturday night's win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Gallagher -- who has five goals and three assists this season -- left the game in the third period after taking a hit from Flyers defenceman Luke Schenn.
Habs coach Michel Therrien says Gallagher is already feeling a lot better but the team will make sure he's fully recovered before returning to action.
continue for more on the Canadiens and watch the hit on Gallagher below. In case you are asking, no penalty on the play.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
At 22, the young man was in the eyes of many — perhaps even some in his own organization — no longer the present of Canadiens goaltending, much less its future.
Pierre Groulx had a front-row seat to the drama, completing his first year as the team’s goaltending coach. Groulx had been building a relationship with Price, as he had with Halak, throughout the season. And he knew, as Martin anointed Halak the Habs netminder for the playoffs, that Price was at a delicate, even critical crossroads.
“I don’t want to say that things were easy for Carey, but he learned then that being a goalie in the NHL is not easy,” Groulx says today. “You have to put the work and your heart into it. It doesn’t matter how much skill you have, the work still has to be put in.
“Carey realized in those playoffs that he got knocked down. It hit him hard at first and then he realized, ‘I can do one of two things: I can sulk or I can be the best teammate I can and work toward helping this team win. If it’s by sitting at the end of the bench, then that’s what my job is.’
“For him to realize that made his maturation process jump,” Groulx said. “His understanding of the game began right then and there. I saw a kid who was No. 1, and then he didn’t play. He had to take a step back and at first it was really tough for him. But after that, he understood his role. In the playoffs, I saw a guy who was starting to change, understanding that he wasn’t playing but was still a big part of the team.”
But problems revealed over the last three losses run deeper than game-to-game or period-to-period personnel moves.
As has been the case in recent seasons, your Montreal Canadiens are a small and, Brandon Prust notwithstanding, soft hockey team. And their next home game is against the Flyers.
But the Canadiens didn’t lose to the Leafs because they were outmuscled and/or intimidated. From the moment the puck dropped and Grabovski won it back to his blueline, the Leafs were faster and hungrier.
Randy Carlyle and his staff looked at video of their opponent’s losses to Boston and Buffalo and drew the obvious conclusion: Hustle, hit, pressure the Canadiens on the puck and they will wilt.
-Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out after the 6-0 Montreal loss to Toronto last night. More from Boone on the Canadiens.
Did Mikhail Grabovski bite Max Pacioretty?
Grabovski received 2 for roughing and a 10, Pacioretty just a 10.
added 10:49pm, Watch the CBC version below...
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Perhaps by now you’ve seen the viral video of Carey Price, the Montreal Canadiens goaltender.
In the footage Price is seen ungracefully absorbing a puck to the family jewels. The damage is done by an innocuous-looking wrist shot from teammate Lars Eller in warmups for Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins. Price, after he takes the hit, sprawls on his stomach in apparent agony. After slowly gathering himself, he leaves the ice in a door-slamming huff....
For those of us who have not been there, Price’s dance to the edge of reproductive viability was worth more than a few hardy-hars. It also begged a serious question: When will goalie jock straps be big enough to end such misery?
Goalie jocks, if you don’t get a regular look at them, are massive. If the protective cups worn by players are the equipment equivalent of a Tim Hortons medium, the models donned by the men who patrol the crease are a 7-Eleven Super Big Gulp. In the dressing room, both player and goalie jocks are known as “cans,” but you could easily mistake one of the goalie versions for a codpiece that fell off the Michelin Man.
read on and in case you missed it, watch the video below...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Even though the snow had not yet hit Buffalo, there was plenty of 'digging' going on in front of Montreal goalkeeper Peter Budaj. A plow in the form of Steve Ott cleared Budaj off the frozen puck which allowed Thomas Vanek to push it across the line and force overtime.
Prior to video review concluding that the puck had 'crossed the goal line in legal fashion,' I was in communication with That's Hockey2Nite producer Jason Palter advising him as to why the whistle should have blown to stop play on two counts prior to Vanek pushing the puck across the goal line.
Five minutes after Buffalo defeated the Canadiens in a shootout I was on the air via Skype with super talented host Steve Kouleas providing my take on the goal that never should have been allowed.
As I share my findings with you in this edition of C'Mon Ref, we see yet another example of undetected contact with the goalkeeper which impacted the game.
more and watch the goal below...
I am going to assume most of you were not around to see this great rivalry take shape.
Sit back and enjoy this 3 1/2 minute video touching highlighting some of the games these two teams played.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban made a modest return to action on a perfect Super Bowl weekend. He was neither a commanding presence nor a step out of place, but rather one of a half-dozen blue-liners who contributed to a sweep of the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators.
And there’s not a thing wrong with that.
It’s just a shame, if you’re to believe one Hockey Night in Canada panellist, that Subban is disliked by everyone on his team, a young man who is profoundly troubled by the frosty shoulder of his teammates.
Presumably, this sadsack outcast dried his tears long enough to share meals Saturday and Sunday with Brandon Prust, then watch the Super Bowl at Josh Gorges’s home on Sunday with the rest of the Canadiens.
But we’ll come back to that.
Montreal up 2-1 early in the 3rd period, then this happened...
Game ended 2-1 Montreal.
More on the game from James Gordon of Senators Extra...
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