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Habs still rolling

After a tight 1-0 win over the Islanders on Saturday, and a loss to Florida Sunday, many Habs fans were worried the good times were over. However, the Canadiens squeaked out another win on Tuesday night, beating the Phoenix Coyotes in a come-from-behind 3-1 win in Montreal.

Carey Price was stellar, Max Pacioretty led the charge, and Josh Gorges made a fantastic defensvie play late, as the Habs racked up points number 44 and 45 as we approach the halfway mark of the season.

The statistc of note from the game? Daniel Briere played just over 4 minutes, and only 9 seconds in the third period. If Briere hasn't requested a trade yet, you have to believe its coming, as he wastes away while the Canadiens play their big forwards and youth. And who can blame them? The mix has worked thus far, and while Briere had some flashes of his old self early on, he's failed to chip in as the Canadiens have gotten stronger. I see only two ways out of this situation for Briere: 1) a trade, or 2) an injury to a top line player, which forces Briere into a central role. To give Briere a bit of slack, he's been playing the year on the wing, when he has historically relished playing centre. Regarldess, this match hasn't, and if the rumours were true and Jaromir Jagr was the other option at this price point for Montreal, the Canadiens can only be ruing the fact that Briere has struggled while Jagr continues to put up stellar numbers as he leads New Jersey's offence.

Tomorrow, the Habs head to St. Louis to take on a strong Blues team that poses a significant challenge for Michel Therrien and his crew. Carey Price will be looking to continue his solid play as he campaigns for the starting job for Canada, while fans also watch to see how Briere is deployed - or if he touches the ice at all. 

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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.

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