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A Winning Habit Apr 13, 2021

Montreal Canadiens: What Does Erik Gustafsson Bring To Habs?

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin didn’t swing for the fences at the trade deadline. He tinkered for sure, but he didn’t make any huge trades. None of the Habs prospects were dealt and they didn’t move a first or second round pick at all this season. He added Eric Staal for third and fifth […] Montreal Canadiens: What Does Erik Gustafsson Bring To Habs? - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A Winning Habit Apr 12, 2021

Montreal Canadiens Should Save Assets, Claim Sami Vatanen

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has transformed the Habs lineup quite a bit since the end of last season. We saw Josh Anderson, Tyler Toffoli, Corey Perry, Joel Edmundson and Jake Allen added in the offseason. In addition, Eric Staal was picked up for third and fifth round draft picks and Jon Merrill was […] Montreal Canadiens Should Save Assets, Claim Sami Vatanen - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
A Winning Habit Apr 12, 2021

Montreal Canadiens: Is Marc Bergevin Looking To Reunite Ryan Getzlaf With Corey Perry?

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has already been tweaking his roster ahead of today’s trade deadline. He picked up Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres for third and fifth round picks and then he added left defenceman Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings for a fifth round pick and minor league forward Hayden […] Montreal Canadiens: Is Marc Bergevin Looking To Reunite Ryan Getzlaf With Corey Perry? - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Montreal Gazette Apr 9, 2021

By the numbers: Kotkaniemi could be best fit to fill in for Gallagher

Coming off of their COVID-19-enforced break, the Canadiens won consecutive games over Edmonton and Ottawa and even managed a comeback victory against the Oilers on Monday that newcomer Eric Staal finished off with the team’s first overtime win of the season in 11 tries. But there probably couldn’t have been a bigger blow to the forward group than losing right-winger Brendan Gallagher for...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 9, 2021
Offence goes missing for a second straight night

Offence goes missing for a second straight night

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Plenty of shots, but no finish for the Canadiens as they fall to the Jets on Thursday. It’s been a roller-coaster week for the Montreal Canadiens, to put it lightly. They pulled off a comeback, overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers that culminated in Eric Staal’s first goal in the CH. In the process, they lost Brendan Gallagher long-term, and don’t have Carey Price available as he nurses an aggravated injury as well. Then came Wednesday night’s game against Toronto, a huge chance for the Habs to prove they can hang with the...
Montreal Gazette Apr 8, 2021

Canadiens triple whammy: Staal, Gallagher and Price | HI/O Show

On this week’s show, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak and former Canadiens defenceman and NHL assistant coach Rick Green — along with host Julian McKenzie talk about Eric Staal’s first game with the Canadiens and two key injuries. ...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 7, 2021
Canadiens @ Maple Leafs: Game preview

Canadiens @ Maple Leafs: Game preview

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via With Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price sidelined, the Habs will need to bring it against the North Division’s top team. Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs How to watch Start time: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDTIn Canada: Sportsnet (English), In the Canadiens region: RDS (French)In the US: NBCSNElsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Live Should we start with the good news or the bad news? The good news is Eric Staal made his mark in his first game with the Canadiens on Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers. Thanks to him, the Habs got their...
A Winning Habit Apr 6, 2021

Montreal Canadiens: Why Eric Staal Brings More Offence Than it Seems

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin acted early when he went out and traded third and fifth round picks for Eric Staal. At first blush, it appears he brought in a veteran centre who could play a depth role and provide some leadership in the dressing room and experience to the ice for a team […] Montreal Canadiens: Why Eric Staal Brings More Offence Than it Seems - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Montreal Gazette Apr 6, 2021

In the Habs' room: Staal's the hero with OT winner in first game with Canadiens

Following months of playing on a non-competitive team in Buffalo and after a week of mandatory quarantine following his trade to the Canadiens, there was a feeling of ebullience for Eric Staal — a guy who has been separated from his family through so much this season. ...
Montreal Gazette Apr 6, 2021

About Last Night: Staal the hero in 3-2 comeback against the Oilers

The Montreal Canadiens finally won a game in 3-on-3 overtime this season. After going 0-9 in extra time to start the season, the Habs got the first monkey off their back when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in the shootout on March 20. Monday night at the Bell Centre, they finally scored a goal during three-on-three play, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2. And it was new acquisition Eric Staal who made it happen in his Habs debut. It was an eventful game prior to Staal’s...
A Winning Habit Apr 6, 2021

Montreal Canadiens: Eric Staal Completes Dramatic Comeback in Habs Debut

Montreal Canadiens centre Eric Staal didn’t have much time to acclimate himself to his new teammates, but he finished his first game as the hero. The Canadiens were taking on the Edmonton Oilers at the Bell Centre last night. Staal joined his teammates yesterday morning for the morning skate. He skated on his own on […] Montreal Canadiens: Eric Staal Completes Dramatic Comeback in Habs Debut - A Winning Habit - A Winning Habit - A Montreal Canadiens Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Eyes On The Prize Apr 6, 2021
Recap: Eric Staal ends the overtime woes in style

Recap: Eric Staal ends the overtime woes in style

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via The new guy banishes the overtime demons in style. After a week in quarantine and minimal practice time, Monday night was the debut of Eric Staal for the Montreal Canadiens as they took on the Edmonton Oilers. Playing on a line with Jonathan Drouin and Tyler Toffoli, it was immediately clear that Dominique Ducharme had plenty of faith in the veteran centre. It also meant that Jesperi Kotkaniemi was bumped down the lineup, giving the Canadiens an incredible line of talent down the middle. In net was Carey Price, who appeared to be no...
Eyes On The Prize Apr 6, 2021
Links: Good news, bad news

Links: Good news, bad news

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Gallagher sidelined with a broken thumb, Eric Staal and what he still can bring to the lineup, the Canucks continue to battle COVID, Winnipeg needs defense, a story from Buffalo, and more in today’s links. Montreal Canadiens News and Notes The hockey gods apparently have a vendetta against Brendan Gallagher’s hands, this time the forward is out with a broken thumb. [TSN | Sportsnet | NHL] Before the game Eric Staal said he still had something to give. Considering he then went out and scored the OT game winning goal, it...
Montreal Gazette Apr 5, 2021

Canadiens defeat Oilers in OT, but lose Gallagher in the process

It was a surprising come-from-behind win for the Canadiens — but it might have come with a heavy price. Veteran centre Eric Staal, playing his first game for Montreal following his recent trade from Buffalo, scored at 4:02 of overtime, providing Montreal with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night at the Bell Centre. It marked the...
CBC News Apr 5, 2021
Eric Staal scores game-winner in Montreal debut as Habs beat Oilers in OT

Eric Staal scores game-winner in Montreal debut as Habs beat Oilers in OT

Eric Staal, in his Montreal debut, scored the overtime winner as the Canadiens rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Monday.

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