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Dramatic Shootout win for the Bulldogs

By:  HiD Staff   |   Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 23:28
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David Desharnais had to score twice on the shootout to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies.  The only reason the Marlies made it to the shootout was because of their young netminder Jussi Rynnas, who was also incidentally appointed as the AHL player of the week last week.  Rynnas was outstanding stopping 44 of 45 shots directed at him in the game.  

Markov gone for a long time?

By:  HiD Staff   |   Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 10:38
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There has been no official word from the organization about Markov's injury, but we have all heard the rumors and speculations that are out there in the media.  Renaud Lavoie (RDS) reported minutes after the match against the Carolina Hurricanes ended that Markov will be out of the lineup for at least three months.  It was perhaps too soon to make that assessment and most probably the assessment was based on the way the injury occured; the similarities between this incident and the incident that took Montreal's star defenceman out against the Pittsburgh Penguins; the visib

Price earns his Star

By:  HiD Staff   |   Monday, November 15, 2010 - 15:52
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After leading his team to a 3-0 record, Carey Price was named the first star of the week in the NHL.

He allowed three goals in three games, including a shut out against the offensive machine of the Vancouver Canucks.  So far in the season, Price has played a strong game allowing his team to be competitive in every match, no matter who the opponents are.  In three matches, he made 96 saves with some good to some being spectacular for a great save percentage of .970.

Bulldogs lose to Grand Rapid Griffins

By:  HiD Staff   |   Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 22:55
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Curtis Sanford did everything he could to give his team a fighting chance, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on their chances in a defeat to the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Copps Coliseum tonight.  The Griffins didn't take long to open the scoring when at the 8:53 mark of the first period, Francis Pare grabbed a rebound and with no defencemen in front of him, he beat Sanford with a quick shot making it 1-0 for the Griffins.  This would be the only goal scored in the first as the Griffins played a very tight defensive game and allowed only four shots on the net. 

O'Byrne off to Colorado

By:  HiD Staff   |   Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 13:21
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He was always the odd man out on the team, constantly in Coach Martin's doghouse, and was a subject of trade speculations this season.  As expected by many Habs fans, young defenceman Ryan O'Byrne was traded today by the Montreal Canadiens.  He will now join the Colorado Avalanche and assist their depleted defensive corps.  Avalanche GM/executive Vice-president Greg Sherman said: "Ryan is another young defenceman who will add size and depth to our team".

Boyd Clears Waivers

By:  HiD Staff   |   Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 14:39
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Montreal forward Dustin Boyd, who was placed on the waivers list yesterday by the organization, has been cleared to stay with the team.  This means that the team has 30 days or 10 games, whichever comes first, to send Boyd down to the Hamilton Bulldogs, if they desire to do so.  Although, it should be noted that Coach Jacques Martin did say yesterday that Boyd will remain with the team if he clears waivers.  This does raise some questions as to why the Habs put Boyd on waivers.  Perhaps they were hoping that Boyd will be picked up by another team clearing out some cap-sp

Dustin Boyd on Waivers

By:  HiD Staff   |   Monday, November 8, 2010 - 13:15
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According to reports by RDS, the Montreal Canadiens have placed forward Dustin Boyd on waivers earlier today.

Boyd, 24, was a restricted free agent during the offseason and the rights to negotiate with him were acquired by the Habs in exchange for the problematic winger Sergei Kostitsyn.  The Habs also obtained, in the same transaction, the rights to negotitate with netminder Dan Ellis, who later decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning while Dustin Boyd signed a one year deal with the Habs.

The juggling act

By:  HiD Staff   |   Friday, November 5, 2010 - 14:39

After scoring only one goal on 70 shots in their last two outings, Head coach Jacques Martin has decided to shuffle his deck.  The shuffle landed Andrei Kostitsyn, the team's best scorer, on Scott Gomez's left wing with Brian Gionta completing the line.  Kostitsyn's demotion to the struggling second line also saw Lars Eller being promoted to the first line playing along with Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri.  The third line of Benoit Pouliot-Jeff Halpern-Mathieu Darche remained intact.  And finally, Tom Pyatt replaced Dustin Boyd to center the fourth lin

October Molson cup awarded to Carey Price

By:  HiD Staff   |   Friday, November 5, 2010 - 12:52
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The Montreal Canadiens Organization announced yesterday that Goaltender Carey Price was selected as the Molson Cup winner for the month of October.   Price earned this honor after receiving 3520 fan votes in the Molson cup standings in October and finished ahead of teammates Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn. He was selected once as the first star, thrice as the second star and twice as the third star of the game. 

Plekanec a game time decision

By:  HiD Staff   |   Friday, November 5, 2010 - 12:02
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Montreal might have to face the struggling Buffalo Sabres without their best player tonight.  Tomas Plekanec, the leading scorer of the team, was told to stay in the team's hotel room after showing flu like symptoms.  While many of his team mates, including line mate Michael Cammalleri believe he will be in the lineup, he still remains a game time decision. 

Buffalo is also having their own injury woes and will be missing Ryan Miller for tonight's game, out with a muscle strain. 

Pacioretty would rather stay in AHL

By:  HiD Staff   |   Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 12:21
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In an extremely candid interview with Tony Marinaro, @tonymarinaro, of the Team 990 in Montreal, Max Pacioretty was very clear about his desires to be in the AHL if there is no role for him on the top 2 lines.  Pacioretty talked about his confidence and how he is off to a good start.  In fact, in ten games with the Bulldogs this season, he has scored three goals and assisted on 9 others for a total of 12 points.  He has taken a total of 48 shots towards the opposition's net. Notably, two of his three goals came during a man-advantage situation. 

Palushaj stars in 'Dogs shootout win

By:  HiD Staff   |   Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 22:21
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The Hamilton Bulldogs returned to the Copps Coliseum to play the second part of the back-to-back home series against the Manitoba Moose.  The 'Dogs decided to go with the struggling Mayer in the nets.  Mayer's last outing was a disaster when he allowed 4 goals on 12 shots against the Syracuse Crunch.  It didn't take long for the Moose to open the scoring when tough guy Tommy Maxwell took a shot that trickled past Robert Mayer.  After 1 minute and 50 seconds, the Moose led the game by a score of 1-0.

Sanford makes his debut as Bulldogs win 3-1

By:  HiD Staff   |   Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 21:56
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Aaron Palushaj scored his first of the season and Curtis Sanford made his season debut tonight as the Hamilton Bulldogs bested the Manitoba Moose by a score of 3-1.  Pacioretty opened the scoring with his second of the season at the 17:43 mark when he received a centring pass from Aaron Palushaj on a powerplay.  Sanford stopped all 7 shots he faced during the period to keep the Bulldogs in the lead. 

Spacek confirmed, Boyd in against CBJ

By:  HiD Staff   |   Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 12:13
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Despite previous reports about the potential lineup changes for tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jaroslav Spacek will not be watching the match from the press-box.  At the practice session yesterday, Alexandre Picard had been paired with Andrei Markov while Spacek played alongside Ryan O'Byrne.  This led to speculations that Spacek, a veteran defenceman who is going through a tough season debut, would be a healthy scratch against the CBJ to make room for Picard, who has been fairly impressive and consistent.   Today, this was confirmed to not be

Alex Auld to start

By:  HiD Staff   |   Friday, October 29, 2010 - 06:36

All reports indicate that Montreal's backup goaltender, Alex Auld, will finally see some action this season against the New York Islanders tonight when both teams will meet for the second part of a back-to-back game series.  Montreal, led by Carey Price, won the first encounter between the two teams on Wednesday by a score of 5-3.  Auld, 29, will be playing his 8th "First game" with a new team during his NHL career and has won six of those games.  He is 1-3-1 in 5 lifetime games against the New York Islanders.  Auld has been quoted as being "excited&qu

Bulldogs break their losing streak

By:  HiD Staff   |   Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 22:09
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The Bulldogs broke a three game losing streak at Copps Coliseum when Yannick Weber scored his sixth goal of the season with 40 seconds to go in the third period against the Syracuse Crunch.  The Bulldogs dominated the match with 42 shots on goal but were only able to score one goal in the first two periods when Max Pacioretty redirected a shot by Klubertanz for his first goal of the season.  On the other side of the ice, Syracuse took only 12 shots on Robert Mayer, beating him four times in the process.  

Bulldogs succumb again in extra time

By:  HiD Staff   |   Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 15:50
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The Hamilton Bulldogs lost another game in extra time after Alexandre Giroux beat Robert Mayer at the 3:58 mark in overtime to give the Oklahoma City Barons a win at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.

Bulldogs lose back-to-back against Manitoba Moose

By:  HiD Staff   |   Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 18:02
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The Bulldogs lost their second match in as many nights at the hands of the same team, the Manitoba Moose.  The match, just like the previous match, ended with a shootout win for the Moose, 4-3.  Most of the scoring in this game happened in the second period when the Moose scored three goals while the Bulldogs responded with two, one by Weber (his 5th of the season) and the other by Desharnais (his 2nd of the season).  Desharnais also earned an assist on Weber's goal while Brandon Nash earned two assists. 

Weber continues to impress as Bulldogs lose in Shootout

By:  HiD Staff   |   Friday, October 22, 2010 - 15:10
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The Bulldogs managed to come back from a 2-0 early game deficit but eventually conceded the game in Shootout to the Manitoba Moose Thursday Night in Winnipeg.  Andreas Engqvist tied the game late in the third period with his first goal of the season to force the Moose into overtime but the 'Dogs were unable to beat goaltender Eddie Lack in Overtime and shootout.

Practice cancelled due to power outage

By:  HiD Staff   |   Friday, October 22, 2010 - 14:57
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The Canadiens cancelled their on-ice practice session today due to a power-outage at their practice facility Complex Sportif Bell in Brossard, Quebec.  The team skated for about 15 minutes only with emergency lighting and the facility was closed to visitors.  As the players headed to the gym for off-ice training, the lights came on leaving only the goaltenders, Mathieu Darche and the goalie coach on the ice. 

New Contract for Gill?

By:  HiD Staff   |   Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 14:22
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According to RDS.ca, Hal Gill’s agent confirmed that his client is ready to discuss the possibility of a new contract with the team avoiding free agency. Gill, 35, has won a Stanley cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was a vital piece of the puzzle in last year’s playoff success playing with defence partner Josh Georges.

Pierre Gauthier has been quoted as saying during the off season that he would be willing to discuss contracts with agents during the course of the season if need be, making this signing a real possibility in the coming months.

Weber on fire as Bulldogs win 5-2

By:  HiD Staff   |   Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 23:15
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Defenceman Yannick Weber had a two-goal game as the Bulldogs defeated the Rochester Americans 5-2 at Copps Coliseum.   Mid way through the first period, the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal by Weber, his second of the season.  With another goal by Alexander Avtsin, the Bulldogs finished the period up by two goals.  This was Avtsin's first goal of the season. 

Practice resumes with new lines

By:  HiD Staff   |   Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 10:54
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Habs had a well deserved two days off after they won two consecutive matches against the Sabres and the Senators over the weekend.  They resumed their practice today at the Complex Sportif Bell in Brossard, Quebec.  From the look of things, Coach Martin seems to be juggling with the lines again in an effort to get the Gomez-Gionta duo going.  Their usual partner in crime, Benoit Pouliot, was demoted to the fourth line after the line failed to produce in the first three games.  He was replaced by Travis Moen but it was not enough to get the duo going again which resulted

Bulldogs lose the home opener

By:  HiD Staff   |   Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 18:55
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After winning their season opener yesterday against the Rochester Americans, the Hamilton Bulldogs gave three goals in the third period to lose their home opener 5 to 3 at the hands of the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton. 

Bulldogs win season opener

By:  HiD Staff   |   Friday, October 15, 2010 - 23:17
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Habs' AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs started their season with a solid win over the Rochester Americans.  The Americans opened the scoring with two power play goals in the first period but a goal by Kyle Klubertanz in the dying seconds of the first cut their lead in half.  The Bulldogs went on to score four more un-answered goals to win the season opener in Rochester New York.  Maxwell, Desharnais, Wyman and Conboy were the other goal scorers for the Dogs.  Robert Mayers, who gave up two goals on three shots in the first period, earned his first W by stopping all su