Win A Markov Autographed Habs Logo Card

Markov AutographWritten By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

Want to add an Andrei Markov autographed Habs logo card to your Montreal Canadiens collection?

Help BBBR get to 200 followers on Twitter, and we’ll place your name in a draw for the card pictured here.

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Thanks for the support and see you for the playoffs – Good Luck!

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Canadiens Finish Season On The Right Note

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Written By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

It was a fitting end to a solid season, as the Habs took to the Bell Centre ice in front of 21,273 fans to complete the 2013-14 campaign.

Coming away from back to back losses to Chicago and the Islanders, Les Boys looked to bounce back and complete the season on an up note before heading into the post season.

The team seemed flat early on, but managed to gain some speed nearly halfway into the contest. As usual, Molson Cup winner Carey Price carried the team as he turned away 41 shots on goal. It took until 2:04 of the overtime frame before Captain Brian Gionta found the back of the net, snapping over 120 minutes of scoreless hockey for Le Tricolore. Gionta was awarded a penalty shot after being tripped by former Montreal Canadien Raphael Diaz.

The win gave Montreal it’s 100th point of the season, and a boost heading into the post season, however the lack of shots over the past two contests has got to be a concern for head coach Michel Therrien.

It will now be up to the Tampa Bay Lightning to secure home ice advantage with a win in their final game Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals.

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins on Tuesday night.

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Habs Close Out Season Against the Rangers

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Written By: Andrea Gordon, BBBR

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to close out the 2013-2014 NHL season on a high note.

The Habs go into Saturday night’s contest having lost two straight games to the Chicago Blackhawks and what can only be called a “B” team ,the New York Islanders.  Thursday night the Islanders went in to the game with a roster boasting 12 rookie players, and they managed to emerge victorious 2-0 over Les Glorieux. The loss put a dent in the Habs chances of having home ice advantage going in to round one. With Tampa having won their game, they essentially control where the series will begin as they still have 2 games remaining to Montreal’s one.

It was a lack luster performance for the Habs, who seemed to have nothing left in the tank after losing to Chicago in Overtime the previous night.

One can only hope that the playoff bound Montreal Canadiens are the ones who show up to face the Rangers on Saturday. One key piece will be out of the line up both tonight and for round 1 of the playoffs as Alex Galchenyuk is out injured (Lower Body). Word on Brandon Prust is the team is hopeful he’ll be able to go in time for the first round.

Lars Eller is doubtful to play as he is still suffering from flu-like symptoms, Michael Blunden was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs today in case Eller cannot play.

The Rangers come into the Bell Centre on a two game winning streak and in a playoff position, boasting wins over the Carolina Hurricanes and and Buffalo Sabers.

It was a rocky start to the season for the Rangers, with a lot of talk about firing new coach Alain Vigneault early on, but they soldiered on and currently sit second in the Metropolitan division four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers.

It’s been a low scoring series between this two teams thus far. In two games a total of 3 goals have been scored and two shutouts have been recorded.  The first game , on October 28th, saw the Habs blank the Rangers 2-0 on the night the newly renovated Madison Square Garden re-opened, the Habs playing the spoilers oh so well. A few weeks later the Habs played host to the Rangers in what was a 1-0 loss

Habs fans still sit on the edge of their seats going in to the final game, waiting to see who (and if) will hit career highs and career records.

Brendan Gallagher is in search of his 20th goal, his first 20 goal season in his young career. Max Pacioretty is still in search of that elusive goal number 40, while Daniel Briere is hoping to net goal #300 of his career.

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Habs: Galchenyuk and Murray Making News

GallyWritten By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

Two major concerns after last nights debacle concerned both Douglas Murray, and Alex Galchenyuk.

After the pitiful loss on home ice to the New York Islanders, Habs fans were left with one certainty, and one question.

Murray HabsSadly enough, the certainty was in the announcement that due to a lower body injury, Alex Galchenyuk will be sidelined from the Canadiens roster for the length of the first round of the post season.

The question mark was whether Douglas Murray would face yet another disciplinary hearing for the second time in as many weeks, after a hit from behind on Johan Sundstrom.

In the end, the NHL announced there would be no supplemental disciplinary action for the hit, and that the match penalty that he served last night would be sufficient.

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Price Is Right as Carey Earns Molson Cup Accolades for 2013-2014

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Written By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

Here’s the Press release from Le Club du Hockey’s Official NHL website …

PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL (April 11, 2014) – Goaltender Carey Price is the Montreal Canadiens Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

Born in Anahim Lake, British Columbia, Price, who was the Canadiens’ Player-of-the-Month in October, January and April, finished ahead of teammates Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher.

The netminder played 58 games thus far in the 2013-14 regular season, for a career total of 368, ranking him fifth on the team’s all-time list for most games played by a goaltender. Price has posted a record of 33 wins, 20 losses and 5 overtime/shootout losses along with a 2.36 goals-against-average. He has blocked 1,653 of the 1,757 shots he faced for a career-high .925 save percentage

Price recorded five shutouts in 2013-14 ranking him tied for third among NHL goaltenders. He now totals 24 in his career, earning seventh spot in team history.

In 2013-14, the Molson Cup scoring system awards three points for a first star selection, two points for a second star selection and a single point for a third star selection.

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Habs Captain Gionta Awarded Jacques Beauchamp Trophy

Captain GioWritten By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

Saturday night, all 21,273 fans at the Bell Centre will watch and applaud as the Montreal Canadiens Captain skates forward to accept the Jacques Beauchamp trophy.

In what may mark the final regular season game that Gionta plays in a Habs Jersey, it would be a fitting way to say ‘Thank You’ for all the hard work and leadership he’s put into this team.

The trophy is awarded annually to the member of the team who played a dominant role during the regular season without earning any particular honour.

Gionta lead the vote count with 66 total votes, just finishing slightly ahead of Brendan Gallagher, who posted 64 votes.

Gionta, a 35 year old native from Rochester New York, was drafted into the NHL in the 3rd round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (82nd overall) by the New Jersey Devils. He was traded to the Canadiens in 2009, and has since played 302 games wearing le Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge. In that time he has amassed 96 goals, 76 assists (172 points), and visited the penalty box for a total of 96 minutes.

He becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end of this season, which has some wondering if he will return and play for Le Tricolore, or if there is an impending exit and return to New Jersey to finish out his career.

Gionta became the 27th Captain of the Montreal Canadiens in 2010, taking over the position from Saku Koivu, who was traded to the Anaheim Ducks the previous year.

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Islanders “B” Team Embarrases Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders

Written By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

The best summation that could be used to describe last nights event at the Bell Centre would be “Ugly”. In what could be heralded as one of the worst attempts at a hockey game on home ice by the Canadiens this year, it did not – and should not – bode well with fans.

The Habs have had a few very disappointing games this season in their own barn. They have been shutout five times on home ice this season (yes, FIVE). They have been blanked by the Kings (6-0), the Capitals (5-0), the Sharks (2-0), and the Rangers (1-0). But last nights fiasco had to be the worst.

The Islanders cruised into Montreal last night, 25 points behind the home squad. They also had a depleted lineup that was filled with 12 rookies. The only missing player of note for the Habs was Alex Galchenyuk (lower body injury).

It was obvious once again that Les Boys stepped up to the challenge in a wonderful game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and then decided to step down from the challenge of a much inferior team in the Islanders.

The #HotLine of Pacioretty, Desharnais, and Vanek showed moments of brilliance, as did the fourth line, but the other two lines failed to show any energy or even a glimpse of hope at throwing up some points. An area that Michel Therrien has to be concerned about heading into the first round of the playoffs.

With the loss last night, La Flanelle also gave up the steering wheel to guide themselves into home ice advantage for the post season. Tampa Bay, with their victory last night, has taken away Montreal’s ability to dictate it’s playoff future. The hope for Les Glorieux now, is a loss for the Lightning tonight (against Columbus), plus a minimum single point in tomorrow nights season finale against the Rangers.

A three game losing skid heading into the playoffs is far from desired, and the team needs to be well prepared for the game against New York on Saturday night.

Puck drops at le Centre Bell just after 19h00.

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