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Plekanec Goes Out Like He Wanted With Canadiens

Plekanec Goes Out Like He Wanted With Canadiens

November 10th, 2018 The circumstances surrounding Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec’s retirement are far from ideal, for both the player and the organization. It’s nevertheless hard to feel bad for the player, all things considered. Plekanec Plays 1,000 For instance, Plekanec just recently...
NHL News & Notes: Plekanec, Carlson & More

NHL News & Notes: Plekanec, Carlson & More

November 9th, 2018 In today's News & Notes, the Montreal Canadiens are placing a veteran forward on unconditional waivers, John Carlson will miss a game, the Boston Bruins have recalled Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence. Plekanec on Unconditional Waivers The Montreal...

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November 3rd, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi’s latest goal against the Washington Capitals was undeniably a thing of beauty… at both ends of the ice. He first was able to take Alexander Ovechkin out of the play, without taking a penalty, before heading to the other end to beat goalie Braden Holtby with less than 30 seconds left in a tie game. However, what’s arguably key to that first thought is the term “latest goal”. Domi Proving Himself with Habs Domi already has six on the season (to go along with six assists) in 12 games.  He only scored nine in each of the last two seasons. Ultimately, Domi is making all his critics look like fools and Habs general manager Marc Bergevin like a genius for acquiring him for Alex Galchenyuk. Of course, the 2018-19 season is still young and Galchenyuk hasn’t exactly disappointed in the games he’s actually gotten in with the Arizona Coyotes (one goal, three assists in five games)....
November 2nd, 2018
Montreal Canadiens

  The month of November is perhaps the most important for any present-day goaltender guarding the crease in the National Hockey League – but most might not even know why.  It was during that month back in 1959 that the position changed forever, thanks to a 6-foot, 175-pound man from Quebec. Advancement in Goalie Gear Was Slow in Coming It had been nearly 42 years since the formation of the NHL and advancements in player equipment had been progressing at a slow pace, especially the position of goaltender which seemed to be the most prehistoric.  One can only imagine how difficult being a goaltender was in hockey’s earliest days, with little to no protection, simply using your body as a shield in front of the net. As time went on, equipment became part of the goaltender’s repertoire.  The protection first began with equipment being applied below the waist.  Leg pads were added in 1896, after George Merritt of the Winnipeg Victorias strapped a pair of cricket...
October 31st, 2018
Canadiens Management

Montreal Canadiens fans may never know exactly what ultimately broke down negotiations between general manager Marc Bergevin and ex-Habs forward Alexander Radulov two summers ago. If you didn’t think it was an acrimonious split before though, you most definitely know better now. Visiting Montreal with the Dallas Stars, Radulov curtly excused himself from media availability, with journalist Jean-Francois Chaumont specifically. It was a one-line response that probably said more than any other three words could that ironically directed Chaumont to “Talk to Bergevin,” to get him to answer whatever questions he had. Radulov Gets Booed Granted, Radulov’s comment came after he had been booed all night by those in attendance at the Bell Centre, following the home team’s 4-1 loss to the Stars. To add salt to an open wound, Radulov scored into an empty net to help seal the win, so he couldn’t have been too upset. Even so, Radulov should probably know better than to shoo...
October 29th, 2018
Canadiens Goaltending

As he sits on the verge of surpassing Patrick Roy’s 289 wins for second on the Montreal Canadiens’ all-time list for goaltenders, behind only Jacques Plante’s 314, it’s time to look back on Carey Price’s origin story and how it distinguishes him from the man he’ll soon overtake. The debate over who is the better goalie has been bandied about for years now, but numbers aside, their demeanors may be the main differentiator. Everyone knows what happened when Roy was left in by Mario Tremblay for nine goals in December 1995; when Price was pulled by then-coach Michel Therrien for the first time in over two years in December 2016, he gave the coach a startlingly similar look. Whether that was a knowing nod to the past, Price had mimicked Roy’s arms in the air as a sarcastic salute to the fans in the 2009 playoffs, or the genuine reaction of a competitor, the optics poked a Montreal sore spot. The end results, however, were vastly different. Roy left town in a huff,...

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Jacques Plante: The Man in the Fiberglass Mask

  The month of November is perhaps the most important for any present-day goaltender guarding the crease in the National Hockey League – but most might not even know why.  It was during that month back in 1959 that the position changed forever, thanks to a 6-foot, 175-pound man from... November 2nd, 2018

Myth of the Montreal Canadiens' Early Success

For generations, the Habs have been dogged by accusations that their historic Stanley Cup success was because they had territorial rights to the best players French Canada had to offer. In this great article, originally published May 12, 2010, former THW contributor Mike Moore lays out why all... September 5th, 2018

The Montreal Forum 1908-1996

The Old Forum in Montreal -- Opening night, November 9, 1908, was a sensation and all 3,000 pairs of roller skates available for rental saw extensive use as thousands of Montrealers came to wander through, gawk at or try out the facilities at what was hyped in the press as “the largest, finest... July 9th, 2018

Howie Morenz: Hockey Royalty

This article was originally written in June, 2010. University of Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award for college hockey’s best player, is the new Crown Prince of NCAA Hockey.  Like a champion thoroughbred racehorse, Blake’s hockey blood lines can be... August 15th, 2017