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All Posts by Gary Brideau

A fitting first victory

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 17:29
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Senators Habs-Sens Montreal-Ottawa

The Habs returned to action Tuesday night looking to turn their recent misfortunes around. After losing the first four games under Randy Cunneyworth, the players had a golden opportunity to make it up to him as they were set to take on the Ottawa Senators. This game meant a lot to Cunneyworth as he spent four years as captain to the Senators under the tutelage of none other than Jacques Martin.

Wheels fall off in the third

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 18:31
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Blackhawks Habs-Hawks Montreal-Chicago

After losing a tight game against the Bruins, Montreal traveled to Chicago for a tilt against the Western Conference’s top team. Like the Boston game, the Habs held their own with the Blackhawks in the first period as neither team allowed a goal and they were equal in shots at seven a piece.

Better effort, same result

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 16:21
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Bruins Habs-Bruins Montreal-Boston

The Habs began their six game road trip Monday night, visiting their long-time rivals the Boston Bruins. Boston has been on a tear lately, especially in their last game versus the Philadelphia Flyers where they decimated them in a 6-0 victory. The game started with tight checking by both teams with neither wanting to give up the first turnover.

Cunneyworth starts with a loss

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Monday, December 19, 2011 - 12:33
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Devils Habs-Devils Montreal-New Jersey

Pierre Gauthier set the hockey world afire Saturday morning with the announcement of Jacques Martin’s firing and that he would be replaced by Randy Cunneyworth. The Habs had very little time to digest the news as they were set to take on the New Jersey Devils later that night. The game almost seemed to be an afterthought as everybody was interested in debating if Gauthier made the right decisions or not.

Habs say goodbye to Martin

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 16:39
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News & Rumours Habs head coach Martin fired News Snippet

Earlier today Pierre Gauthier gave most fans an early Christmas gift, when he announced the firing of Jacques Martin. He also announced that Randy Cunneyworth would take over the head coaching position on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

Crease Crashers

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, December 16, 2011 - 15:08
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Flyers Habs-Philly Montreal-Philadelphia

The Habs welcomed a red hot Philadelphia Flyers team at the Bell Center Thursday night. Even with the losses of Chris Pronger and Claude Giroux, the Flyers have managed to win their last six games. Montreal looked to end that win streak while continuing their own.

Nokelainen stuns everyone

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 14:21
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Islanders Habs-Isles Montreal-New York

After escaping Saturday’s afternoon game with a win, Montreal returned home to face the New York Islanders. Although the Islanders are the second to worst team in the Eastern conference, the Habs had to be weary as the last time these two teams met it ended in a loss.

Kaberle answers his critics

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Monday, December 12, 2011 - 12:24
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Devils Habs-Devils Montreal-New Jersey

Pierre Gauthier raised quite a few eyebrows when he traded Jaroslav Spacek for Tomas Kaberle last Friday. The trade was widely talked about in the hockey universe and the early reactions were not good by both the media and a large group of the fans. It was pointed out that even though Montreal needed help on the power play that this was a desperation trade by Gauthier, as Kaberle is an aging defenseman who is a big cap hit for next two seasons.

Here we go again

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, December 9, 2011 - 14:00
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Canucks Habs-Nucks Montreal-Vancouver

With another dismal performance on home ice Tuesday night, Montreal looked to right the ship against the surging Vancouver Canucks last night. Things started off well enough as after Carey Price kept the puck out on Vancouver’s initial surge. This allowed rookie defenseman Frederick St-Denis to open the scoring with a wrist shot from the point at the 4:38 mark. This was St-Denis’ first NHL goal/point and the smile on his face was reflective of that fact.

Gionta steals a point

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 13:24
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Blue Jackets Habs-Jackets Montreal-Columbus

You would think that after receiving a vote of confidence from Geoff Molson, Jacques Martin would have his team ready to face the worst team in the NHL. You would also like to believe that the return of Max Pacioretty (the team’s leading scorer) would give the team a spark at least in the offensive zone. These are both factors that should of allowed Montreal to gain two points Tuesday night but as always seems to be the case with this team when they face a team they should beat, the team disappears and finds a way to let those point slip away.

Habs best Kings

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 14:36
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Kings Habs-L.A. Montreal-Los Angeles

With the announcement that Andrei Markov would not be returning to the line-up for a while due to another surgery that will need to be performed in the coming days, Montreal entered Los Angeles looking to end their current skid. L.A. started the game in a physical way as they hit anything that moved, clearly trying to intimidate the Habs. Their aggressive fore-check led to Montreal taking two straight penalties early, giving them a two man advantage for over a minute.

0 for 2 in California

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, December 2, 2011 - 13:50
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Sharks Habs-Sharks Montreal-San Jose

After putting up a stinker in Anaheim, Montreal entered the Shark tank Thursday night looking to redeem themselves. Carey Price set the tone early when he made back to back saves on Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau. After the Price saves both slowed things down and proceeded to play cautiously creating a lot of neutral zone play.

Habs end Anaheim’s losing streak

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 13:27
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Ducks Habs-Ducks Montreal-Anaheim

With a rough weekend behind them and a three day break to prepare for a California trip where they will play three games in four nights. Montreal entered Anaheim searching for consistency versus a struggling Ducks team. Losing seven straight games Anaheim was the perfect opponent for the Habs to get back on track. Instead a number of bad decisions led to a painful game to watch leaving us all wondering what it’s going to take for this team to finally hit their stride.

Habs complete comeback in shootout

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 13:19
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Hurricanes Habs-Canes Montreal-Carolina

A week ago, Montreal played a great game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Center. It was game in which they completely dominated and Carey Price earned his first shutout of the season. You knew that the Hurricanes would try to avenge that loss Wednesday night and they wasted no time in trying.

Bruins make it 9 in a row

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 12:26
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Bruins Habs-Bruins Montreal-Boston

The Habs and Bruins faced off in a chess match Monday night where tight checking and blocked shots highlighted the evening. The Bruins came into town looking to extend their eight game winning streak, while the Habs were looking to end that streak just like they did in the previous game against the Rangers. Both teams started the game cautiously as they went through a feeling out process for the first few minutes of the period. The boo birds were out as expected and they made sure that Zdeno Chara heard them loud and clear every time he touched the puck.

2 straight shutouts for Price

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:09
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Rangers Habs-Blue shirts Montrea-New York

Saturday night’s match up was touted to be a real test for the Montreal Canadiens as they were set to face one of the NHL’s hottest teams in the New York Rangers. Almost everybody believed that this would be a tough game to win especially with the Habs being so thin on defense. Another factor was that the last time these two teams met, Montreal fell apart taking a ton of penalties which ultimately led to a loss for the Habs.

Habs fall into Islanders trap

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, November 18, 2011 - 13:35
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Islanders Habs-Isles Montreal-New York

After playing nearly a perfect game against the Hurricanes Tuesday night, Montreal traveled to Long Island looking to continue their momentum. This was a game to be weary of however, as the New York Islanders are one of those teams that can catch you off guard if you take them lightly. The first period was fairly even, with both teams benefiting from two power plays that neither team scored on. The most significant part of the first came when Evgeni Nabokov slid across his crease to stop a heavy shot from Yannick Weber.

No Contest

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11:38
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Hurricanes Montreal-Carolina. Habs-Canes

There was a lot of talk coming from the Habs’ players that they needed to play a full sixty minutes against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night. This stemmed from the poor third period performance that allowed Buffalo to steal a game that Montreal completely dominated in the first forty minutes on Monday. Many thought that this would be a challenge considering that Montreal iced a very inexperienced group of defensemen including the NHL debut of Frederick St. Denis.

St. Denis set to make NHL debut

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:58

With Hal Gil already out of the line-up because of the flu, the Habs injury woes continue as Jaroslav Spacek is once again out with an undisclosed upper body injury. This has prompted the Montreal Canadiens to recall rookie defenseman Frederic St. Denis from the Hamilton Bulldogs. A native of Greenfield Park, St. Denis will be making his NHL debut at the Bell Center later this evening for what is sure to be a special moment for the 25 year old rookie. Listed at 5’11 and 190Lbs. St. Denis currently leads all Bulldog defensemen in points, with 3 goals and 5 assists.

Habs squander 2-0 lead

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 13:45
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Sabres Habs-Sabres Montreal-Buffalo

The third time was not the charm Monday night as Montreal failed to secure a victory after playing a nearly perfect 40 minutes in the first two periods. The Habs had just come off back to back over-time wins on the road and hoped to extend their winning streak to three but Jhonas Enroth had other plans.

More over-time magic

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Monday, November 14, 2011 - 13:05
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Predators Habs-Preds Montreal-Nashville

Fresh off their over-time victory Montreal traveled to Nashville in looking for another in the Predators 1,000th game. With the returns of Michael Cammalleri and Scott Gomez, Jacques Martin had to make some tough decisions on what to do with his line-up. To the surprise of many, Martin made the right call when he opted to ease Gomez back into the line-up by playing him as a fourth line winger. Martin also opted to give Carey Price the night off giving Peter Budaj only his second start of the season.

Gorges scores rare OT winner

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Friday, November 11, 2011 - 12:16
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Coyotes Habs-Yotes Montreal-Phoenix

With the Habs having lost their two previous games, they traveled to Arizona looking to get back in the win column versus a Phoenix Coyotes team that they plays a strong defensive game. Phoenix looked strong in the early going of the first period as they controlled most of the play cycling the puck in the Habs zone. This led to Phoenix scoring the first goal of the game when Michael Boedker hit the back of the net from the slot. The Habs defensive coverage looked disorganized on this goal as Boedker was left untouched in the slot hanging Carey Price out to dry on the play.

BULIN WALL + POWER PLAY FAILURE = LOSS

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:28
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Oilers Habs-Oil Montreal-Edmonton

Coming off of a tough lost versus the New York Rangers on Saturday, Montreal looked to get back to their winning ways against the surprising Edmonton Oilers. A lot has been talked about the Oilers young and energetic team but the Habs quickly found out that the Oilers success begins with their veteran net minder Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin entered this game with a record of 6-0-2, two shutouts and an astounding goal against average of 0.98.

A penalty filled affair

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Monday, November 7, 2011 - 16:41
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Rangers Habs-Blue shirts Montreal-New York

The Habs entered the big apple Saturday night looking to extend their win streak while working their way back up the standings. A win for the Habs on this night was not in the cards as the game was clearly dictated by an abundance of penalties. It all started early in the first when Max Paciorrety got called for boarding on 1:24 in. With the referee’s arm up and his team with possession of the puck, Henrik Lundqvist skated to his bench in exchange for an extra attacker. The Rangers worked the puck into the Habs zone but they lost control of it and it made its way back out.

Habs hang on to beat Sens

By:  Gary Brideau   |   Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 14:15
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Post-Game Analysis Canadiens-Senators Habs-Senators Montreal-Ottawa

Considering their long break, there was a lot of speculation that Montreal would have a slow and choppy start against the Ottawa Senators Friday night. Instead we witnessed the opposite as the Sens were the ones who had a sloppy start to the game as they appeared to always be a step behind the Habs. The Habs momentum began with a good early penalty kill that came at the hands of P.K. Subban when he got called for tripping. After killing the penalty, Montreal’s fourth line went on the fore-check with Mike Blunden forcing Craig Anderson to make a save.