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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.”
MONTREAL (November 11, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars, in return for forward Travis Moen.
Gonchar, 40, recorded one assist in three games thus far with the Stars in 2014-15, averaging 13:01 of ice time per game. He missed the first 11 games of the season with a foot injury.
Since he first joined the NHL back in 1994-95, Gonchar has recorded a total of 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular season games. He scored 102 goals on the powerplay, two while shorthanded and 35 winning tallies. The 6' 2'' and 210 lbs forward also served 965 penalty minutes and displays a +26 plus/minus differential.
from Stu Cowand of Hockey Inside/Out,
The Canadiens’ Rene Bourque has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
The Canadiens placed Bourque on waivers on Sunday and other NHL teams had until noon Monday to claim him.
In 13 games this season, Bourque has no goals, two assists and is minus-9. He has this season and next remaining on a six-year, $20-million contract with a $3.33-million salary-cap hit. The Canadiens would save $925,000 on the salary cap if Bourque spends the rest of the season in Hamilton.
“It’s not a question of confidence. It’s all about results,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard Monday about the decision to put Bourque on waivers.
The coached added that he hopes the 32-year-old Bourque can “find his game in Hamilton” and that the Canadiens hadn’t closed the door on him possibly returning with the club.
continue for more on the Habs...
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Toe Blake, for instance, could have his No. 6 up there — but a better way to honour Blake, in my view, would be with the ceremony that should come next, hoisting a banner to honour Blake and Scotty Bowman, the two greatest coaches in the history of the game. (At least some consideration should be given to a similar honour for Dick Irvin — the senior Irvin coached 896 games, only 18 fewer than Blake, but his winning percentage was well below that of Blake and Bowman.)
It may be uncommon to honour coaches in such fashion but then, the Canadiens had uncommon coaches and Bowman was almost certainly the greatest coach in the history of the game, even if Bowman himself gives the nod to Blake. In the long history of a game’s greatest team, no one deserves such an honour more than Bowman and Blake.
more plus some talk on renaming the NHL trophies...
A very moving ceremony tonight for Guy Lapointe as his #5 went up to the rafters.
Watch the 21 minute ceremony below and Montreal does it right.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The 66-year-old will be the 18th Canadien so honoured, the first since the 2009 centennial-season tribute to former captain Émile (Butch) Bouchard and Punch Line centreman Elmer Lach.
The Habs have retired 15 numbers in all. Lapointe and Geoffrion both wore No. 5, Cournoyer and Dickie Moore had No. 12, Henri Richard and Lach wore No. 16.
It is long overdue that Lapointe is being honoured, and some will suggest that the Big Three should have gone up together, celebrating the magnificent unit that dominated team defence during the 1970s.
But Pointu is driving only the high road to Canadiens immortality.
“This is not anything that honestly I ever thought about or dreamed would happen,” Lapointe said, his emotions hanging by a thread. “I was happy for both of my teammates (Savard and Robinson) when their numbers were retired.
“When I reflect on our team, if anyone had success during the season, winning trophies or whatever, we were happy for them. That’s the way I was feeling. It was incredible news when Mr. Molson and Reggie came over and told me they were going to retire my jersey.”
Below, watch a Legeds of Hockey feature on LaPointe...
via Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
“We were a reactionary team. That’s the way we played the whole game. We reacted to the way they were playing, the score, the referees, we were reacting to all that instead of playing a proactive game and going after it. Emotions aside, the anger, all that – it’s extremely disappointing. For a group that prides itself on work and battle and competing, we had very little of that.” – (Todd) Richards.
via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Subban, who signed a $72-million contract prior to the season, is minus-6 in the past two games and said he’s one of the players who has to be better.
“I’ll be accountable,” he said. “You can write whatever you want about me. If we win 6-0, I think I should be better. It starts with guys setting the tone and I’m one of the guys who has to do that. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”...
“We have to do a better job of sticking to the plan,” said Subban. “We got away from it. They got some bounces, but they stuck to their plan.”
via Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Randy Carlyle could only sigh at the awful manner in which his team started in the Arizona desert.
"Turtle start," he said regretfully afterward, "it was slower than slow."
"It's a bad start," said Dion Phaneuf after the 3-2 loss to Arizona, who had won just twice in the previous eight games. "It's unacceptable to start that way. When you have a start like that it puts you behind the eight-ball and we were playing catch-up all night."
via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Replays from multiple angles showed the puck long gone from Emelin’s stick when Burrows, coming cross-ice, belted the Canadien who never appeared to see him coming. Emelin left the ice with assistance from head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend.
“Instead of having a five-minute power-play, the puck was in our net,” head coach Michel Therrien said.
There was no penalty called – linesman Darren Gibbs, working his 1,001st NHL game, was feet away – and incensed Therrien discussed the matter during a TV timeout with a referee. But Emelin returned to take a regular shift in the third period.
Therrien called it “a dirty hit to the head” but said that Emelin visited the dark room and passed all the tests, cleared by the doctor to return to action.
Watch the hit below...
Tinordi did receive two for kneeing and no report from the Flames on Stajan.
A little longer version from HNIC is below...
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