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Price earns fan support

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After being kept off of the official All Star voting list Carey Price clearly has the support of his fans. Price currently leads all goaltenders in votes with a whopping 71,199 write-in votes. There was lots of confusion when Price’s name was not included alongside of teammates Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Andrei Markov. After a shaky start in the preseason Price told the Habs nation to relax, he said this with a certain look in his eyes that made you want to believe him.

Habs call up Weber

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The Montreal Canadiens have announced the call up of defenceman Yannick Weber today. The 22 year old swiss born defenceman, selected 73rd overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft by the Habs,  has played 15 games and collected 12 points for the Hamilton Bulldogs this season. Weber may be able to bring a much needed point shot for the power play as 4 of his 8 goals have come with  the extra man in Hamilton.  He has played a total of 8 games at the NHL level with the Habs between 2008 and 2010 and has accumulated one assist so far.

Flyers Richards calls PK "Cocky"

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Last Night, the Philadelphia Flyers did what they do best when playing hockey:  Be Bullies.  Indeed, this was so clear when, with less than 4 minutes to go, Coach Laviolette put fighter Jody Shelley out on the ice while on a powerplay!  The intent was obvious and it was certainly not to get Shelley to score a goal and ruin Price's shutout.   When the Flyers couldn't solve Price, the final 10 minutes of the third period saw plenty of brawls, scrimmages and associated penalties.  O'Donnell and Hartnell, both got  10 minute misconducts in the fina

Dramatic Shootout win for the Bulldogs

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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.  

Price earns his Star

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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