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from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
Late in the third period, Montreal’s Alexei Emelin delivered a low check on Joe Colborne, sending the Avs forward head over heels. Emelin was given a clipping minor and matched Iginla with roughing and unsportsmanlike penalties.
“At that point of the game when they’re beating us like that, it’s not really a matter of whether it’s clean or not. Just don’t think (it’s right),” Iginla said. “If I’m going up-over like that with 2 minutes left and down 10-1 I’d hope guys are coming in (for me). That’s the way I’ve played and I think that’s the way it should be played. They can do the hit if they want. It’s part of the game. But we’re allowed to do what we do too. That’s what penalty minutes and stuff are for.”
miore on the Avs 10-1 loss to the Habs...
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s unfortunate the best goalie in the world had to defend himself after getting run over twice during Thursday night’s 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre. If you were wondering where his teammates were to defend him, you have to think Price was wondering the same thing when he decided to start pummelling Kyle Palmieri with his blocker after the Devils forward crashed into him in the first period with the Canadiens leading 2-1. New Jersey’s first goal came when Adam Henrique knocked both the puck and Price into the net.
When Price got run over the second time he had had enough. While the goalie pounded Palmieri, Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry looked like he was actually trying to protect the Devil. After Saturday’s morning skate in Brossard, Petry said he was really trying to keep Price from getting a major penalty.
“At first, I really didn’t know how to react,” Petry said, “but then I just wanted to try and pull (Palmieri) out of there so there was no … further penalty I guess you would say.”...
There was talk when the Canadiens acquired Shea Weber in exchange for P.K. Subban last summer that opponents would no longer be running into Price. In reality, players will continue to crash Price’s crease unless the NHL does more to protect its goalies — or the goalie’s teammates do it themselves. Weber had only one hit in 23:05 of ice time against the Devils.
from Pat Hickey of the Montrteal Gazette,
The Canadiens’ all-world goaltender started throwing punches with his blocker after the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri crashed into him in the dying seconds of the first period.
“I got run on the first goal and I wasn’t going to take another one,” Price said after the Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils. “I got fired up, I guess. I’m going to stick up for myself now.”...
Price said running the goaltender has become common because the referees aren’t handing out penalties.
“It seems to be the nature of the league, to go hard to the net, run the goalie and score the goal,” said Price. “You have to stick up for yourself once in a while.”
Here is the goal where Price says he was run...
If you missed Price throwing some punches, watch here.
Kyle Palmieri gets two for goaltender interference, Price four for roughing.
via the Montreal Canadiens,
Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais met with the team's medical staff on Wednesday in Montreal.
For both players, team doctors confirmed a knee injury, and the recovery is expected to be 6 to 8 weeks for each.
ST. LOUIS - Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower body injury on December 4 in Los Angeles.
He went for medical testing in St. Louis earlier Monday, and will be out indefinitely.
He will be further evaluated by team doctors in Montreal on Wednesday.
An update will be released later this week.
from Brenda Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
How about the notion of John Tavares in a Canadiens jersey? There is all kinds of media chatter that the New York Islanders star is potentially on the trading block given the Isles’ mediocre start and for some reason — most likely the invention of the Loafs-obsessed Toronto hockey media mob — the Maple Leafs are most frequently mentioned as a potential destination for Tavares.
But why not Montreal? Bergevin would have to give up something big to land a guy who scored over 30 goals in each of his last two seasons. So how about giving New York a guy who’s scored over 30 goals in four of his last five seasons?
Exactly. Max Pacioretty for Tavares, with presumably Montreal throwing in someone else to sweeten the deal. Patch is having a sad-sack season, but maybe what he needs is a change of scenery to kick him out of his funk. The one thing for sure is that it’s not clicking for him here and hasn’t for a while.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Enter Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty, stage left. “Patches,” to those who love him (and there are plenty who do) is in the throes of what Montreal’s notoriously critical fans consider a difficult season. It started with Team USA, when John Tortorella decided to go Full Jerk on Pacioretty. Tortorella’s tactics, predictably, backfired. Pacioretty wilted under the criticism and Team USA showed less “compete” than you might have expected from Team Latvia.
Then there was the off-season flap when radio reporter Michel Villeneuve claimed coach Michel Therrien had called Pacioretty the “worst captain in Canadiens history” while playing in a golf tournament in June. Villeneuve was fired from 91.9 Sport for the report and Therrien denied he had said any such thing — but no matter what was said in public, the relationship between coach and captain has to be frayed.
Finally, as an indication of just how absurd things get, Pacioretty was raked when he failed to take the full star turn on the ice after scoring the winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes last Thursday. Only Montreal could turn that into fodder for a couple of news cycles.
There’s a lesson here. Perhaps we need to learn to take our players as they are. Pacioretty is 28, already in his ninth season with the Canadiens. Like everyone else, I’ve been impatient with him at times: he’s a finesse forward in a power forward’s body and it seems he could be so much more.
Includes Babcock's chin, lips and nose...
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