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Habs turning the ship around?

Last night saw the Montreal Canadiens record a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes: a nice, tidy end to what had become a frustrating losing streak. But wait a sec. Does that really end it? Sure, the Habs won 3-0, but they did it on the back of blocked shots. And they were outshot. And at times, they were outplayed. Are the Habs out of the hole? 

We'll have a good idea tomorrow night, as the Canadiens play the division leading Boston Bruins, a match always sure to be entertaining. Carey Price will be looking to build on his shutout, as his stellar season hit a serious rut over the past three weeks. A surprising bright light for the Habs on Tuesday was Rene Bourque, the centre of various trade rumours. Bourque was a force all night, heading to the net with a physical side unseen from him for most of the season. Josh Gorges led the way on the back-end, blocking shots and playing the corners as if the Habs were in a playoff game.

It's good to see the effort. It really is. However, should it be necessary at this point in the season? Why are the Habs having such a tough time after months of success? One might note that the Canadiens ended last year, a 48 game season, with a whimper. Is history repeating itself? Are the Habs simply not built for a full 82 game season?

Perhaps that is why Marc Bergevin is trying to make a move, as the Bourque-PA Parenteau rumours swirl. Regardless, I think it is important to note how Michel Therrien has reacted to the adversity. No public outburts, no skirmishes with the media, simply calm and pragmatic leadership. Love or loathe Therrien, that's what you want to see in a leader, and Montreal's coach deserves a little credit as he tries to stem this slide.

Habs-Bruins, Thursday night. Should be a doozie. Enjoy. 

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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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