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If you missed the hit, watch it here.
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Now the negatives:
• The call was tough, and Brian Gionta sold it. But what was Alexei Emelin thinking in going for a kill-shot late in a 1-1 game? I know it’s instinctive, particularly for a physical defenceman like Emelin. But he has to be more aware of the game situation.
• Alex Galchenyuk has to learn that he’s not a contestant on Dangling with the Stars. Or a finalist in the Alex Kovalev Playalike Contest. Enough with the fancy moves and puck-hogging. Shoot or find an open teammate. He’s totally our of synch with Brendan Gallagher. I’d like to see Galchenyuk on a line with Sekac.
• I can’t put my finger on exactly why, but P.K. is not P.K. Too many distractions? Pressure of the big contract? The $9-million man should be more dominant than what we’ve seen through the first quarter of the schedule.
If you missed the Emelin hit, watch it below...
Sweet backhand from Ennis...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
It’s the last week of November, but the winter of our discontent is starting early.
And there is cause for concern.
In their six regulation losses, the Canadiens have been outscored 30-3.
They’ve been shut out four times. Only Buffalo, with five, has had more goose eggs....
A few themes:
• David Desharnais is not a top-line centre.
• Dressing 11 forwards and seven defencemen doesn’t work.
• P.K. Subban is not earning his $9 million.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for forward Rene Bourque.
Allen, 34, recorded one assist in six games thus far with the Ducks in 2014-15, averaging 18:12 of ice time per game. He recorded four shots on goal, 11 hits, 10 blocked shots and served four penalty minutes. He missed 14 games due to a lower-body injury.
Since he first joined the NHL back in 2000-01, Allen has recorded a total of 135 points (29 goals, 106 assists) in 716 regular season games. He scored five game winning goals. The 6'05'' and 223 lbs forward also served 837 penalty minutes and displays a +28 plus/minus differential.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the Referee's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Even after committing the holding infraction against Braydon Coburn, Gallagher completed a theatrical dive with both skates into the net in an attempt to fool the referee(s) and as the puck went past Ray Emery. Good for referee Dan O'Rourke for being dialed in from the neutral zone to make the correct call. I can assure you it was no accident or lucky catch by O'Rouke. A refs' list of known offenders is nothing new and Gallagher is not the only Habs player to be drawing special attention from the ref's this season. No one likes to be embarrassed—Diving/embellishment is near the top every ref's list!
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
The Canadiens have but six losses this year, including one overtime setback versus the Vancouver Canucks. But in four of their five regulation-time defeats, Montreal got absolutely waxed. The teams that did the slaying are the Tampa Bay Lighting, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and, most recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Three of those outfits, as of Wednesday morning, were top-six clubs in the standings. The fourth, Chicago, could get the last playoff berth in the West and still win the Stanley Cup.
The combined score of those four losses was Other Teams 22 Canadiens 3. In other words, just the kind of crazy discrepancy required to pick on a squad that has more points than any other in the NHL.
If the Habs want to prove they truly belong with the big boys, they won’t have to wait long for an opportunity. The skilled, surly St. Louis Blues (8-2-0 in their past ten) visit the Bell Centre Thursday night.
Tuukka Rask's struggles against the Montreal Canadiens are well documented.
The Bruins goaltender has a career 3-11-3 record against Boston's arch rival.
Niklas Svedberg got the nod against Montreal on Thursday night, and didn't have much success.
"You already knew about their goalie's problems [playing in Montreal], now you know the backup goalie has problems there, too," said Marc Bertrand on Sports Tonight. "So they have no goalies when they go to Montreal or play the Canadiens. Nobody can play net. Nobody."
Michael Felger isn't happy with the decision to start Svedberg over Rask.
"They were afraid to play Tuukka Rask, their $7-million-a-year, Vezina Trophy-winning goalie," said Felger. "They were afraid that he's so fragile up there [against Montreal] that they played the backup. To me, that's puke inducing."
There is more in the video, which you can watch below...
On NESN, Sportsnet360 and RDS. Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET.
from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,
... the last time Boston visited Montreal, Bruins forward Milan Lucic allowed his emotions to get the better of him. In the closing minute of Boston’s 6-4 loss on Oct. 16, Lucic was called for a penalty, and as he entered the box he made an inappropriate gesture toward fans. The league fined him $5,000 the following day.
When Lucic steps on the ice Thursday night, Montreal fans will let him know what they think of him. He publicly admitted he was wrong and sorry for his actions last month, but he plans on using the fans’ hatred as motivation when puck drops Thursday.
"That’s one of the things you have to try to do, is try to spin it into kind of a positive feel where you can get those competitive juices going,” Lucic said after Tuesday’s practice before the team left for its current road trip. “You can get yourself riled up sooner than later. For myself, I’ve always been a guy when I play with that type of emotion I’ve been at my best, so you can try to use that and spin it into a positive.”
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