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Habs on top after win over Boston

The Canadiens are flying high after Sunday's 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins, as they swept the season series against Boston for the first time since 2008. The Habs looked dynamite all game, causing fits for a Bruins team that just seem to rage every time they play the Habs. More important than anything, the Bruins were one of the NHLest best teams of late, and the Habs stopped them cold. The Canadiens can play with the best of them, and they showed it again on Sunday. A fact made even more important as the Habs had blown recent games to Buffalo and Phoenix. 

PK Subban and Andrei Markov had a great game on the back end, as did Alexei Emelin, who always seems to save his best for Boston. Carey Price was, well, Carey Price. David Desharnais has awaked, with 7 points in his last 5 games, and Max Pacioretty continues his torrid scoring, as he potted his 24th of the season. However, the hottest Hab may be Dale Weise, who now has 5 pts in his last 3 games, and is beginning to look like more than the fourth-line cog many expected him to be when he was acquired by Marc Bergevin last year.

Which brings us to the question at hand: what will Bergevin do before the deadline? I still believe Bergevin is looking for two things: a top six forward, and a #3 defenceman. Jaromir Jagr could be a good fit up front, but I'm not sure he'd be a good fit given the game speed of the Habs. That said, I'd take Jagr in a heartbeat, and I believe the price would be right. I still feel Ryan O'Reilly would be a good addition if he were available, though he'd be expensive. As for help on defence, would Michalek out of Arizona be a fit, or perhaps Cody Franson in Toronto?

It's an exciting time to be a Habs fan, with the team performing as it is, and the deadline only three weeks away. Montreal takes on Philadelphia tomorrow.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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