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Leading man
Posted 17 hours ago

MONTREAL – Winning draws is an art form few players have mastered, but Manny Malhotra is a part of that elite group.

The 34-year-old centerman, who signed a one-year deal with the Canadiens back on July 1st, has been nothing short of dominant in the faceoff circle since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, having bested his opponents 66.3 percent of the time through six games – tops amongst all regular Canadiens centermen to date.

Last Saturday night, the 16-year NHL veteran won a season-high 72.2 percent of his draws in the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the Avalanche. That being said, it…

Taking control
Posted 2 days ago

MONTREAL – Michel Therrien’s troops couldn’t solve Calvin Pickard early on Saturday night, but P.K. Subban wasn’t about to let the rookie netminder leave La Belle Province with his first career NHL victory.

The 2013 Norris Trophy winner lit the lamp twice in the second period, including a highlight-reel tally that sent the Bell Centre faithful into a frenzy, to lift the Canadiens to a 3-2 win and their second straight victory. It was also the Habs’ fifth win in their last six games to start the year.

“I think that we just stuck with it. They got a fortunate bounce early…

The Numbers Game – O…
Posted 2 days ago

MONTREAL – Here’s a numerical look at Saturday’s game between the Canadiens and the Avalanche at the Bell Centre.

2,501 – Number of games Canadiens equipment manager Pierre Gervais has worked behind the bench, including Saturday night’s game against the Avalanche. Gervais, who hit the 2,500 game mark on Thursday night against Boston, was honored for reaching the milestone in a pre-game ceremony prior to the opening faceoff.

5 – Number of games thus far this season in which the Canadiens have conceded the first goal of the hockey game, including Saturday night’s game against Colorado. Despite falling behind early…

Game Preview : Avala…
Posted 3 days ago

AVALANCHE (1-3-1) @ CANADIENS (4-1-0)

The Canadiens will look to continue their impressive start to the season on Saturday night when the Colorado Avalanche stop by the Bell Centre.

In their most recent game, the Habs celebrated their home opener in style on Thursday night, with a 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins. In their first game in front of the home crowd, Jiri Sekac and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau each notched their first goals in bleu-blanc-rouge, with Parenteau lighting the lamp twice after backhanding the insurance marker into an open net to close out the evening. The line of Brendan Gallagher (2G,…

A winning combinatio…
Posted 4 days ago

BROSSARD – It hasn’t taken the line of Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty long to pick up right where it left off last season.

Back together again after a brief period apart to start the year, the trio came to life on Thursday night against the Bruins, combining for three goals and eight points to help the Canadiens secure their fourth win in their last five games.

For his part, Gallagher is the most recent addition to the line, which originally featured Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau alongside Desharnais and Pacioretty when the season kicked off back on October 8th in Toronto. Since…