1:26 PM EST, Sun February 28, 2021
1 hour ago
Romanov put all of his abilities together for a great game in Winnipeg

Romanov put all of his abilities together for a great game in Winnipeg

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Romanov stood out from the pack with a poised approach while in possesion of the puck. Saturday’s game saw a much better performance from the Montreal Canadiens, albeit one that borrowed from Claude Julien’s style of hockey. The players spent the last 10 minutes of the game accumulating point shots and trying to brute-force pucks in. There was also the conservative start to three-on-three overtime. Nick Suzuki said it best a week ago: The Habs can’t play games trying not to lose. It rarely works. The Winnipeg Jets also deserve...
5 hours ago
Recap & highlights: Rocket take four-game series with second straight win

Recap & highlights: Rocket take four-game series with second straight win

Shanna Martin A strong start led the way to the win. Lukas Vejdemo and Ryan Poehling scored goals and Charlie Lindgren made 16 saves as the Laval Rocket defeated the Manitoba Moose 2-1 at the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon. It was the second straight win for the Rocket, who secured their second straight four game series, going 2-1-1 against Manitoba this week. It was a great start for the Rocket who dominated the first period. They only allowed one shot on goal in the opening 20 minutes, and scored the game’s first goal. Lukas Vejdemo finished a perfect pass from...
7 hours ago
Recap: A dominant Habs showing goes for naught in overtime

Recap: A dominant Habs showing goes for naught in overtime

Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Safe is death. Play to win. On Thursday night, Dominique Ducharme had his first test drive behind the bench as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. The team came out with a strong push early in the game, looking like they might pull themselves out of a disastrous tailspin with a new coach at the helm. What happened instead was a defensive and goaltending collapse, leading to a lopsided loss in a game that Montreal was leading 3-1 at one point. With a full day of special teams-focused practice under their belt, Ducharme and the...
9 hours ago
Links: A hat trick brings Cole Caufield’s goal tally to 22

Links: A hat trick brings Cole Caufield’s goal tally to 22

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, Cole Caufield isn’t having any problems scoring, looking at why the Canadiens stopped winning, the NHL wants to jump on the NFT bandwagon, and what to watch for in tonight’s Dream Gap Tour match. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Nick Suzuki has begun to learn about the heritage and culture of the Suzuki name. [Sportsnet] The players know they need to play better in front of Carey Price. [TSN] Montreal plays a completely different game when they go up a man than they do at five-on-five. [Montreal...
12 hours ago
TSM: In the midnight hour

TSM: In the midnight hour

James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports The Habs’ 60-minute effort is undone by one overtime shift. For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game. Pregame Hello and welcome to a 4am start time!! It would be nice if Montreal had more than one early game a year on the weekends. Jeff Petry plays his 700th NHL game tonight. First Period Romanov hits the post! This is a good start of the game from the team in white. The...
13 hours ago
[Highlight] Nick Suzuki ties the game with a shot from below the goal line

[Highlight] Nick Suzuki ties the game with a shot from below the goal line

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Connor Hellebuyck thought the post was sealed. The post was not sealed. Generating few dangerous looks in the second period, Nick Suzuki used the element of surprise to put Montreal on the board. Nick Suzuki scores from below the goal line to tie the game! pic.twitter.com/3kT72HQlJp— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) February 28, 2021
22 hours ago
Game 20: Habs @ Jets

Game 20: Habs @ Jets

Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Will the Canadiens get 60 minutes of play like they enjoyed in the first period on Thursday?
Feb 27, 2021
Without special teams, the Montreal Canadiens will not be a contender

Without special teams, the Montreal Canadiens will not be a contender

Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Looking at just how important special teams are to success, and how poor Montreal’s have been in recent years. In a recent podcast, Jason Paul described the Montreal Canadiens’ penalty kill as “painting lipstick on a pig” with regard to the short-handed goals the team had scored. The seven goals are best in the league, almost double than of the next team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, with four. However, the the 72 penalties that Montreal has taken makes the Habs the second-most penalized team in the league, trailing only the...
Feb 27, 2021
Laval vs. Manitoba recap & highlights: Josh Brook’s late goal ends a Rocket losing streak

Laval vs. Manitoba recap & highlights: Josh Brook’s late goal ends a Rocket losing streak

Club de Hockey Canadien It was a big night for Brook in his return to the lineup. For the first time this season, the Laval Rocket faced a losing streak as they headed into games on back-to-back nights against the Manitoba Moose. Despite the Rocket’s shot domination and overall high level of play against the Moose in two games earlier in the week, a pair of stellar games by goaltender Mikhail Berdin stole two wins. The lineup changed only slightly from the game on Wednesday, with Gianni Fairbrother taking a seat to allow Josh Brook into the lineup. Kaiden Guhle was...
Feb 27, 2021
Links: Raising Carey Price’s confidence

Links: Raising Carey Price’s confidence

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via In today’s links, what Ducharme needs to do improve the Canadiens, Tyler and Cat Toffoli’s move to Montreal, and who will win NHL MVP? Montreal Canadiens news and notes Coach Ducharme’s first priority must be to restore Carey Price’s confidence. [Montreal Gazette] Tyler and Cat Toffoli are making the most of living in Montreal during a pandemic induced lockdown. [Sportsnet] Certain players will need to step up if the Canadiens are to get out of their current slump. [La Presse] The Canadiens may not be as good as...
Feb 26, 2021
Canadiens lines from practice: Josh Anderson out, Michael Frolik in?

Canadiens lines from practice: Josh Anderson out, Michael Frolik in?

Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via How the Canadiens lined up at practice without their big winger. After leaving Thursday night’s game in the first period, Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson was not participating in Friday’s practice in Winnipeg. #Habs practice is underway in Winnipeg and Anderson is not present. @TSN_Edge— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) February 26, 2021 Michael Frolik skated on the team’s fourth line with Paul Byron and Jake Evans. It remains to be seen whether that will stick for Saturday’s game. It appears as though Corey Perry will be...
Feb 26, 2021
The Habs offered a brief glimpse of the changes Ducharme could bring

The Habs offered a brief glimpse of the changes Ducharme could bring

James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports Montreal fell back on old habits in the final two periods, but there were positive differences from recent games in the opening frame. When there is a change of head coach, it usually creates an influx of energy. Players see a new beginning, a chance to prove themselves, earn more ice time, and show management that they got the message and are ready to perform. You see teams come out flying with a renewed intensity and take over the game to win it for the new guy at the helm. We saw a bit of that against the Winnipeg Jets, but mostly...
Feb 26, 2021
Habsent Minded 3.46: The KHL pipeline, with Gillian Kemmerer

Habsent Minded 3.46: The KHL pipeline, with Gillian Kemmerer

Photo by Peter Kovalev\TASS via Investigating the development structure in Russia’s hockey system. The Tsarina of Russian hockey, Gillian Kemmerer, joins the podcast for another episode where the focus is to learn about the setup of the KHL teams’ development system. Miss Kemmerer has a lot of knowledge in regard to the SKA Saint Petersburg system after a fantastically researched article on her own website The Caviar Diplomat. As Montreal Canadiens prospect Alexander Gordin plays in the system, it is important for Montreal fans to understand the development...
Feb 26, 2021
Montreal Canadiens to send Kaiden Guhle and Gianni Fairbrother back to WHL

Montreal Canadiens to send Kaiden Guhle and Gianni Fairbrother back to WHL

Shanna Martin The two played for the Laval Rocket while they waited for their junior teams to start. The Montreal Canadiens announced that defencemen Kaiden Guhle and Gianni Fairbrother would be sent back to their Western Hockey League teams on Friday. Kaiden Guhle and Gianni Fairbrother will return to their respective WHL junior teams. #GoHabsGo https://t.co/DS209I3Fa8— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 26, 2021 Both played in the Laval Rocket’s last two games. Fairbrother played an additional game, as Guhle was coming back from an injury....
Feb 26, 2021
The Canadiens promoted from within for the first time in a decade

The Canadiens promoted from within for the first time in a decade

Laval Rocket Alex Burrows’s ascent is hopefully the start of a new trend. It should be any organization’s goal to recognize external raw talent, onboard it, and put it in a position to grow and develop successfully within the organization. Once that talent has matured enough, there should be the opportunity to promote them to positions of greater importance in the organization, returning the investment spent on their development. This increases the likelihood of talent retention and adding to the culture of nurturing success from within while refraining from hiring...