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Old friend Johnny Boychuk broke two of Brendan Gallagher’s fingers on his left hand with one of his trademark blasts last Sunday. Gallagher will be out six weeks following surgery. It was unclear which of Gallagher’s digits were injured. But given the right wing’s feisty, in-your-face approach, it’s a good bet a middle finger was involved.
-Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe where you can read many more topics in Shinzawa's Sunday Hockey Notes piece...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Historical rivalries are shaped over time. For so long, the Rangers resided in Shantytown and the Canadiens in a palace. And so within NHL context, Boston has the rivalry with Montreal. Toronto has a rivalry with Montreal. Detroit has a rivalry with Montreal borne from those long-ago battles through the days of the Original Six.
But the Rangers?
Well, there’s a rivalry now.
Isn’t there? Hard to tell after these two, uh, stinkers.
via the CP at TSN,
Coach Michel Therrien said the 2015 NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner was sidelined by the same lower-body injury that kept him out for eight games earlier this month. This was his third game back.
"The medical staff was really comfortable and Carey was really comfortable to come back," Therrien said. "If we had any doubt, for sure, we would not take that risk. That's all we can say about it. He tweaked it again tonight. That's why we don't want to take any chance. It's still early in the season, so it's important for us when he plays, he's got to make sure he is healthy."
MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens owner, president and CEO, Geoff Molson, announced today that the Club and executive vice president and general manager Marc Bergevin have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep him with the organization until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Hometown Hockey was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland this weekend and had some great video features.
Here is one on John Tavares and P.K. Subban and please check out all the rest of the videos.
P.K. Subban and John Tavares are two of the NHL’ s brightest stars and they forged a friendship as rivals in minor hockey. But the connection between the families started long before the two were even born.
via Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,
Just over halfway through the first period, Islanders forward Brock Nelson was standing in front of the crease of Canadiens goalie Carey Price when John Tavares fired a shot from just outside the top of the slot.
Nelson gave Price a small shove, causing the puck to bounce off Price’s body and the Islanders forward hammered in the rebound from the side of the net.
Montreal did win 5-3.
from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,
The Montreal Canadiens wouldn’t fault goaltender Mike Condon for the three-goal deficit they faced 23:51 into Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes.
“It was one of those nights; bad bounces,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.
His team outshot the Coyotes 13-5 and trailed 2-0 after the opening frame. The puck bounced off the linesman to start an odd-man rush for Arizona’s second goal—a puck batted out of midair by Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
continue with video highlights...
NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2015) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Hockey Hall of Famer Bert Olmstead:
“The National Hockey League family mourns the passing of Bert Olmstead – a fierce competitor and a five-time champion who played in the Stanley Cup Final 11 times in his 14-season career with Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. Bert’s passion for the game earned unwavering respect from his teammates; his knowledge of the game once earned him a role as a playing assistant coach; and his skill led to what then was an NHL single-season record for assists: 56 in 1955-56. We send heartfelt condolences and comfort to Bert’s family and friends.”
from Montreal's website,
The fact that Carey Price left town to have his lower-body injury evaluated on Monday certainly didn’t raise any alarms among his teammates.
Confident that their All-World netminder is simply taking the necessary steps to ensure he’ll be back between the pipes in short order, Michel Therrien’s troops weren’t about to press the proverbial panic button after learning that No. 31 was seeking further medical advice elsewhere.
“I’ve seen Pricey. I know he’s a tough guy. All we know right now is that he’s just being evaluated. That’s it. That doesn’t say much about the situation. I think we’ve all been evaluated. I mean, I’ve been evaluated more than my fair share of times. It doesn’t really mean that he’s going to miss more time or whatever. We just don’t know,” offered P.K.Subban, who has been Price’s teammate in Montreal since making his NHL debut back in 2009-10. “For him, we just hope that he gets the things done that he needs to and he’s back soon. That’s it.”
For his part, Brendan Gallagher said the decision to send Price abroad for medical attention didn’t necessarily come as a surprise.
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