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Finally, it’s over!

Saturday night marked the end of the season for the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs as the two teams closed out the season at the Bell Center. The two will be more than happy to put the season behind them as the end result was not what either team had hoped for 82 games ago.

Toronto revitalized after the coaching change

After making a coaching change on Friday night, the Leafs paid a visit to the struggling Canadiens at the Bell Center in Montreal.  The Leafs were facing a few struggles of their own to get back in the playoff hunt.  After holding a playoff spot for good part of the season, their recent streak of 10 losses in their last 11 matches put them out of top 8 and in a difficult situation.  Brian Burke, after supporting Ron Wilson, with whom he shared a good relation over the years, finally was left with no choice and replaced him with Randy Carlyle, fired by the Anaheim Ducks earlie

Habs blank Leafs on Sundin night

After hanging on for a victory against the Islanders on Thursday night, the Habs traveled to Toronto for an important match up with the eight placed Leafs. The Leafs chose this night to honor their former captain Mats Sundin with a brief ceremony prior to the game. If management hoped that the ceremony would inspire a victory versus the Habs, their plan failed miserably as the complete opposite occurred.

One and done

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The Montreal Canadiens played one solid period of hockey last night and then decided they were done. The first was the one period in which they played well and they gave us a sample of what we were hoping to see. The Habs rolled all four lines in the first causing the Leafs to make mistakes and turning the puck over. This led to multiple scoring chances but as we have seen too many times in the past the Habs players just could not get wood on the puck. The closest call came when Andrei Kostisyn missed an open net and hit the post instead.

The stage is set for Habs & Bruins battle

Finally the curtains came down on a long and grueling 82-game season in Hogtown.  Many before the season had predicted that the Habs won’t make it to the post season this year after going through a superb run in last year’s playoffs.  Many had written them off after they had traded their Playoffs hero Jaroslav Halak in favor of their so-called "thoroughbred" Carey Price.  It feels like it was only yesterday that Price had told the fans at the Bell Center to ‘chill out’ after the first exhibition game.  Price carried his team into the pla

Game Preview: Habs vs Maple Leafs - Season Finale!

It has come to the final game of the regular season 2010-2011 and the Habs will be meeting the Maple Leafs for the last time as well with no chance of seeing them in the playoffs.  While that last bit brings a smile on the face of every Habs fan, it doesn't necessarily indicate that this will be an easy game for the Montreal Canadiens.  In 2009-2010, a victory in the last game of the season against the Maple Leafs would have ensured the Habs a playoff spot, but the Leafs managed to win that game, and luckily for the Habs, extra time was needed allowing them to get a really val