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10/09/2013 11:26 AM Hamilton Bulldogs’ Press Release HAMILTON, ONTARIO – The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that Sportsnet 360 will televise three of the team’s games this winter, two of which will feature the heated rivalry wit...
10/09/2013 11:26 AM Hamilton Bulldogs’ Press Release HAMILTON, ONTARIO – The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that Sportsnet 360 will televise three of the team’s games this winter, two of which will feature the heated rivalry with the Toronto Marlies. The complete schedule is as follows (all times Eastern): Sunday, February 9th, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – Hamilton Bulldogs at Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) Sunday, March 9th, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche) at Hamilton Bulldogs Sunday, March 16th, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – Hamilton Bulldogs at Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) These three games are part of a 10-game schedule of American Hockey League games for Sportsnet 360 this season. AHL games will be broadcast on the station weekly starting with Hamilton and Toronto on February 9th. The games can also be seen on NHL Network in the United States. In addition to the 10-game regular-season package, Sportsnet ONE will broadcast two-day coverage of the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic between the AHL All-Stars and the Swedish Hockey League’s Farjestad BK, including the Skills Competition and All-Star Game, from St. John’s, Newfoundland on February 11th and 12th. Hamilton’s next game is its regular season and home opener, scheduled for Friday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. against the St. John’s IceCaps at Copps Coliseum. The club will host a home opener street party starting at 5:00 p.m., which will feature food provided by Maple Lodge Farms, family entertainment, sponsor vendors and a beer garden serving Molson products. Y108 will also be hosting its Drive Show live at the street party from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
about 2 hours ago
Over 30 people entered our contest to win a True Rivalry Montreal Canadiens t-shirt, and after a random draw from all the contestants, the winner is... Courtnall! In order to get your shirt, please email me your name, address, and shir...
Over 30 people entered our contest to win a True Rivalry Montreal Canadiens t-shirt, and after a random draw from all the contestants, the winner is... Courtnall! In order to get your shirt, please email me your name, address, and shirt size at habseyesontheprize at gmail dot com, and I will forward that to the head honchos at True Rivalry. Congrats Courtnall! Even if you didn't win though, remember that through EOTP you have an exclusive offer from True Rivalry to save 15% off of your first order through the company with the promo code TREOTP. Follow @TrueRivalry Follow @HabsEOTP
about 2 hours ago
The Calgary Flames started the 2013-14 NHL season in the inauspicious position of being the consensus worst team in the league. At one point, in recent memory, the Flames were a perennial playoff contender, seemingly only a high-end cent...
The Calgary Flames started the 2013-14 NHL season in the inauspicious position of being the consensus worst team in the league. At one point, in recent memory, the Flames were a perennial playoff contender, seemingly only a high-end centre away from being a truly elite team. Slowly, however, the Flames transitioned into a sort of Maple Leafs west - the sort of team that pushes for the playoffs against all odds, only to discover that their misguided trade deadline pickup was insufficient to bridge the talent gap that left them out of the playoffs in the first place. Last year, Jay Feaster seemed to realize that his strategy wasn't working, and began to sell off the team's more valuable assets in an attempt to rebuild the squad with a younger, more talented foundation. Working toward this goal, Feaster sent Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh for picks and prospects, before shipping Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis for a similar return. Coupled with the offseason retirement of Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary lost three of their most expensive, recognizable, and skilled veterans in the span of a few months. The Flames new leaf includes a number of talented young players that will take to the ice this evening. Sven Baertschi, long the jewel, is consistently seeing big league minutes after spending about half of last season in bigs. Joining Baertschi in leading the youth movement are players like Finnish forward Mikael Backlund, defender TJ Brodie, and this year's first round pick , Sean Monahan. The Flames supplemented their young guns with former Bruin and Leaf Joe Colborne, cast off for a fourth round pick as a casualty of a tough salary cap situation in Toronto. In addition to the posse of prospects, the Flames will also field some Canadien content. Former winger Michael Cammalleri is now the Flames best veteran forward, while former Habs property Karri Ramo is the back-up goaltender. So, what does all of this add up to? The Flames were a below average possession team last year, and losing three of their best players likely won't help to improve that situation, at least in the short-term. While even passable NHL goaltending would be an improvement on the trainwreck that Kiprusoff produced last year, it still likely will not be enough to buoy Calgary to anything resembling competitiveness. Simply put, these are two points that Montreal should should be expected to earn. The man charged with providing that goaltending is journeyman Joey MacDonald, a long-time member of the Detroit Red Wings system who has seen stints in Boston and Toronto as well. MacDonald has only one career start against the Habs, and he came up large to the tune of 41 saves while earning a victory. Overall, MacDonald is a serviceable veteran goalie who can be relied up to provide average to below-average play between the pipes. Furthering Montreal's confidence will be a return to strength, as it appears they will avoid a few otherwise concerning situations. Brian Gionta did not travel on the team charter as he had family issues to address. It was initially unclear if Gionta would be travelling at all, though he has since joined the team. Joining the team as well is Max Pacioretty, who missed the Flyers game after leaving the Canadiens' opener against Toronto. In all likelihood, given Michel Therrien's stated preference to create consistent deployments wherever possible, this will allow the Habs to return to a top nine of: Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta Galchenyuk - Eller - Gallagher Pacioretty - Desharnais - Briere As always, our game thread will confirm the Habs' lines, and the identity of the Canadiens' scratch. Carey Price will make his third start of the young season, meaning that we can likely expect Peter Budaj in Edmonton tomorrow night. Price has been strong in both of his starts so far, and will look to make the most of an opportunity to shore up his record against the squad from Southern Alberta. Price has earned only one win in four attempts so far, a
about 3 hours ago
Après avoir défait facilement les Flyers 4-1 samedi, le tricolore voudra assurément débuter son séjour à l’étranger sur une bonne note en enfilant une deuxième victoire d&rsqu...
Après avoir défait facilement les Flyers 4-1 samedi, le tricolore voudra assurément débuter son séjour à l’étranger sur une bonne note en enfilant une deuxième victoire d’affilée. Après une absence d’un match, Max Pacioretty réintégrera la formation au sein de son trio régulier - pour l’instant. L’entraîneur Michel Therrien a clairement indiqué mardi que les compagnons de trio de Pacioretty, David Desharnais et Daniel Brière, devront en offrir plus afin de mériter leur temps de glace. Il est évident que le retour de " Wolverine " viendra aider les deux québécois; reste maintenant à savoir si ceux-ci répondront aux attentes. Ils auront inévitablement beaucoup de chance de mettre leurs talents à l’œuvre, mais le fait de recevoir des critiques de l’entraîneur après seulement deux matchs en dit beaucoup sur leurs performances respectives. Comme il nous l’a démontré l’an dernier, Therrien offrira le temps de glace à ceux qui le méritent, et celui des numéros 51 et 48 est précaire actuellement. Au sujet de la précarité, le fait que Nathan Beaulieu soit rappelé d’Hamilton pour une troisième fois en une semaine semble indiquer que les performances de certains défenseurs laissent à désirer. Est-ce qu’il existe encore quelqu’un qui croit que l’équipe est meilleure avec Bouillon et/ou Diaz dans la formation à la place de Nathan Beaulieu? Parions qu’il jouera un match ou deux durant ce voyage. Et comme l’organisation aime si bien le dire, ce sera à lui de faire sa place et de forcer ceux-ci à le garder dans l’équipe. Sur une note plus sérieuse, la présence du capitaine Brian Gionta a été confirmée pour le match de ce soir. Celui-ci à du rester à Montréal une journée de plus en raison d’une urgence familiale. Tout semble rentrer dans l'ordre – du moins nous le souhaitons pour lui et sa famille- et il a rejoint l’équipe à Calgary mardi. C’est une bonne chose pour l’équipe, car le trio complété par celui-ci, Tomas Plekanec et Rene Bourque, est l’un des deux très bons trios offensifs en ce début de saison. Au sujet de Bourque, ce dernier réussi présentement à nous faire oublier Mike Cammalleri, qui lui affrontera son ancienne équipe demain. Espérons pour lui qu’il ne soit pas échangé entre deux périodes… et pour nous que le jeu de Bourque poursuive sa lancée. Le trio d’Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brendan Gallgher sera évidemment à surveiller, et il sera aussi intéressant de voir qui de Ryan White et Michaël Bournival saura se démarquer le plus durant ce voyage. À moins de blessures, il ne reste qu’une place au sein de la formation et ce ne sera probablement pas Travis Moen (qui joue bien en ce début de saison) et Brandan Prust qui écoperont. Les deux joueurs auront l’opportunité de jouer. À eux de saisir la chance qui s’offre devant eux. Carey Price gardera le filet ce soir, mais attendez-vous à voir Peter Budaj débuter un match durant le voyage. More from Eyes On The Prize: Max Pacioretty back in the lineup for Canadiens against Calgary Flames Hockey Canada officially unveils jerseys for Sochi Breaking down film - the Canadiens' power play and the argument for the 1-3-1 Pacioretty on West coast trip, Philly's got a new coach, Cory Schneider's done with the so-called rivalry, and other links
about 5 hours ago
CANADIENS (1-1-0) @ FLAMES (1-0-2) The Canadiens begin a four-game road trip with a Wednesday night tilt against the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Michel Therrien’s squad is coming off a 4-1 home v...
CANADIENS (1-1-0) @ FLAMES (1-0-2) The Canadiens begin a four-game road trip with a Wednesday night tilt against the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Michel Therrien’s squad is coming off a 4-1 home victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. Carey Price stopped 22 of 23 shots faced at the Bell Centre, while Brian Gionta, Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque found the net for the Habs. After a challenging offseason in which their home rink was severely damaged by flooding, the Flames kicked off the 2013-14 campaign in surprisingly good form. Bob Hartley’s squad has yet to lose in regulation time and managed to put 12 goals on the board through three regular season games. The Flames dropped a 5-4 decision in a shootout against Washington to open up the season. Then, they lit up reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky four times en route to a 4-3 win in Columbus before succumbing to the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in overtime. Pegged by most hockey insiders to finish at the bottom of the new Pacific Division, the Flames are locked in a four-way tie for the division lead. All in all, the Habs will need to bring their A game against Calgary if they want to build on last Saturday’s win over the Flyers. Despite injuries to Mike Cammalleri and Matt Stajan, the Flames have been able to count on the offensive contributions of several other forwards. Jiri Hudler and David Jones have led the team with four points in three games thus far, while right winger Lee Stempniak leads Calgary with 16 shots on goal. In comparison, Montreal’s Lars Eller has five points in two games, while co-leading the Canadiens in shots alongside linemate Brendan Gallagher with nine. On the defensive side of the puck, Hartley will likely trust newly-minted captain Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman to eat up tough minutes against the Habs. The Flames’ rearguards will be hard-pressed to contain the Canadiens’ up-tempo offence, as Calgary’s goaltending tandem of Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald currently ranks 29th in the league in goals against. On Wednesday night, the Canadiens will look to snap a three-game losing streak against the Flames dating back to February 2011. While Gallagher, an Alberta native, will have a rare chance to play in front of extended family making the drive down to the Saddledome, teammate Rene Bourque will be making a return to a city where he spent three-and-a-half years as a member of the Flames. The contest will be Bourque’s 500th regular season game in the NHL. Max Pacioretty, who missed the last game with an upper-body injury, made the trip to Calgary with his teammates and will dress for Wednesday’s game. Brian Gionta, who rejoined the team on Tuesday night after attending to a family matter, will also take to the ice against the Flames. Nathan Beaulieu has been called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs to act as a reserve defenseman on the four-game road trip. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
about 6 hours ago
The Habs visit the Western Conference for the first time since the 2011-12 season, beginning in Calgary, a place they haven't won a game in 9 seasons. Après avoir défait facilement les Flyers 4-1 samedi, le tricolore voudr...
The Habs visit the Western Conference for the first time since the 2011-12 season, beginning in Calgary, a place they haven't won a game in 9 seasons. Après avoir défait facilement les Flyers 4-1 samedi, le tricolore voudra assurément débuter son séjour à l’étranger sur une bonne note en enfilant une deuxième victoire d’affilée. Après une absence d’un match, Max Pacioretty réintégrera la formation au sein de son trio régulier - pour l’instant. L’entraîneur Michel Therrien a clairement indiqué mardi que les compagnons de trio de Pacioretty, David Desharnais et Daniel Brière, devront en offrir plus afin de mériter leur temps de glace. Il est évident que le retour de " Wolverine " viendra aider les deux québécois; reste maintenant à savoir si ceux-ci répondront aux attentes. Ils auront inévitablement beaucoup de chance de mettre leurs talents à l’œuvre, mais le fait de recevoir des critiques du l’entraîneur après seulement deux matchs en dit beaucoup sur leurs performances respectives. Comme il nous l’a démontré l’an dernier, Therrien offrira le temps de glace à ceux qui le méritent, et celui des numéros 51 et 48 est précaire actuellement. Au sujet de la précarité, le fait que Nathan Beaulieu soit rappelé d’Hamilton pour une troisième fois en une semaine semble indiqué que les performances de certains défenseurs laissent à désirer. Est-ce qu’il existe encore quelqu’un qui croit que l’équipe est meilleure avec Bouillon et/ou Diaz dans la formation à la place de Nathan Beaulieu? Parions qu’il jouera un match ou deux durant ce voyage. Et comme l’organisation aime si bien le dire, ce sera à lui de faire sa place et de forcer ceux-ci à le garder dans l’équipe. Sur une note plus sérieuse, la présence du capitaine Brian Gionta à été confirmé pour le match de ce soir. Celui-ci à du rester à Montréal une journée de plus en raison d’une urgence familiale. Tout semble rentrer en ordre – du moins nous le souhaitons pour lui et sa famille- et il à rejoint l’équipe à Calgary mardi. C’est une bonne chose pour l’équipe, car le trio complété par celui-ci, Tomas Plekanec et Rene Bourque est l’un des deux très bons trios offensif en ce début de saison. Au sujet de Bourque, ce dernier réussi présentement à nous faire oublier Mike Cammelleri, qui lui affrontera son ancienne équipe demain. Espérons pour lui qu’il ne soit pas échangé entre deux périodes… et pour nous que le jeu de Bourque poursuit sa lancée. Le trio d’Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brendan Gallgher sera évidemment à surveiller, et il sera aussi intéressant de voir qui de Ryan White et Michaël Bournival saura se démarquer le plus durant ce voyage. À moins de blessures il ne reste qu’une place au sein la formation et ce ne sera probablement pas Travis Moen (qui joue bien en ce début de saison) et Brandan Prust qui écoperons. Les deux joueurs auront l’opportunité de jouer. À eux de saisir la chance qui s’offre devant eux. Carey Price gardera le filet ce soir, mais attendez à voir Peter Budaj débutez un match durant le voyage.
about 7 hours ago
Montreal Canadiens Links The Canadiens begin their western roadtrip tonight with the first of two back-to-back games - and western folks, who didn't get to see the Habs in the lockout-shortened season earlier this year, are pretty ple...
Montreal Canadiens Links The Canadiens begin their western roadtrip tonight with the first of two back-to-back games - and western folks, who didn't get to see the Habs in the lockout-shortened season earlier this year, are pretty pleased (raises hand). And Briere still can't stop talking about how happy he is to be sporting the CH. Max Pacioretty is going to be back in the lineup tonight for the Habs at Calgary. He's had eight days off since his wrist injury, and only missed one game. For once, the powers that make up the NHL schedule have had some thoughtful foresight, benefitting Habs fans bemoaning the wait time between games (raises hand). The Egg Line still sucks. I mean, it rules, but we can't call it that, is what I'm saying. In case you missed when it was posted, George Parros' wife posted a picture that will melt your heart. Around the NHL Things have not been good for Tim Thomas since the 39-year-old moved his family out of a bunker to rejoin the NHL with the Florida Panthers. Pullin' McGroin made an early exit from Tuesday night's game and after allowing nine goals since his return. The Flyers are not complaining; Craig Berube's winning record is 100% since being named head coach. Patrick Roy's Colorado Avalanche have a 3-0 winning record this season thus far, snapping Toronto's winning streak, and this just in: parade plans have been moved from Toronto to Denver. Leading up to New Jersey's much-anticipated visit to Vancouver, the Canucks' own @strombone1 was in usual fine form on Twitter and having fun with his old teammate. P.S. Those t-shirts are prohibitively expensive at Universal Studios in Florida. Which is probably where Lu picked them up. Roberto Luongo is better than Cory Schneider. Or at least, B.C.'s Jason Garrison is. Now, the goalie controversy is over. Right? 19-year-old rookie Tomas Hertl tied a franchise record to score FOUR goals in the San Jose Sharks' NINE to TWO win over the NY Rangers last night. Also, a search on Twitter for #hertl pretty much renders gold. More from Eyes On The Prize: Hockey Canada officially unveils jerseys for Sochi Breaking down film - the Canadiens' power play and the argument for the 1-3-1 Pacioretty on West coast trip, Philly's got a new coach, Cory Schneider's done with the so-called rivalry, and other links Catching The Torch: Sept 29-Oct. 6 Edition Dive Files: a recap of the worst culprits last season. Follow @chile_pepper Follow @HabsEOTP
about 9 hours ago
So while we wait 5 months until the next Habs game (yea it's tomorrow but holy crap it feels like everyone is playing every second day, except the Bruins of course), Jonathan Quick attempted to one-up Ryan Miller's terrible own-goal gaff...
So while we wait 5 months until the next Habs game (yea it's tomorrow but holy crap it feels like everyone is playing every second day, except the Bruins of course), Jonathan Quick attempted to one-up Ryan Miller's terrible own-goal gaff. For your entertainment.Someone tell Jonathan Quick to stop attempting to play the puck.
about 18 hours ago
GameDay: Wednesday October 9, 2013 On this day in hockey history… 1971 – Montreal’s Guy Lafleur played in his first NHL game, and picked up an assist as the Canadiens tied the Rangers 4-4, in Montreal. All Habs Rewind ...
GameDay: Wednesday October 9, 2013 On this day in hockey history… 1971 – Montreal’s Guy Lafleur played in his first NHL game, and picked up an assist as the Canadiens tied the Rangers 4-4, in Montreal. All Habs Rewind – Week 1: Eller Breaks Out NHL Names Lars Eller 2nd Star of the Week. Read full press release here. GameDay: To the wild wild west they go.  Regular Season Canadiens @ Flames Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB. Oct 9, 8:00 p.m. EST TV: TSN, RDS Injury Report: Flames:  Mike Cammalleri (wrist), Matt Stajan (leg contusion), Chris Breen (shoulder) Canadiens: Alexei Emelin (knee), Davis Drewiske (shoulder), Douglas Murray (upper body), George Parros (concussion), Max Pacioretty (wrist – expected to play) PROJECTED LINE COMBINATIONS AND GOALTENDERS (Will be updated following game day skate.) – Projected lines, subject to change. – Projected lines, subject to change. Forwards Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Daniel Brière Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brendan Gallagher Travis Moen – Ryan White – Brandon Prust Curtis Glencross – Joe Colborne – David Jones Jiri Hudler – Mikael Backlund – T.J. Galiardi Sven Baertschi – Sean Monahan – Lee Stempniak Lance Bouma – Ben Street – Brian McGrattan Defensemen Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban Andrei Markov – Raphael Diaz Jarred Tinordi - Francis Boullion T.J. Brodie – Mark Giordano Dennis Wideman – Kris Russell Chris Butler – Shane O’Brien Goalies CAREY PRICE JOEY MACDONALD CONFIRMED CONFIRMED Record: 1-1-0 GAA: 2.52 Sv%: .918 SO: 0 Record: 1-0-1 GAA: 3.93 Sv%: 0.867 SO: 0 ALTERNATE: PETER BUDAJ ALTERNATE: KARI RAMO Quick Links ? Quick Links from this past week: Habs Prospect Colin Sullivan Has Left Boston College Top Prospects Showcase Talent On Penguins’ Ice [with PHOTO GALLERY] by Amy Johnson Tomas Plekanec, déjà 10 ans avec le CH! par Isabella Rheault Eller récompensé avec la deuxième étoile (Communiqué) QMJHL Headlines: Pink for a Cause by Kathy K Prospect Julius Honka named FHM Defenseman for October Prospect Alex Nedeljkovic Receives Goaltender Honors for September Habs Ganha Partida Contra Flyers by Rovena (Português) Game Recap: Eller, Price Combine to Help Habs Down Flyers by Rick Stephens Habs360 Podcast: Canadiens Open the Season Memorably [AUDIO] by ChrisG What If the Boston Bruins Had Won the Stanley Cup? by Rick Stephens Habs Recall Nathan Beaulieu from Hamilton (PR) Patrick Roy Fined for “Irresponsible” Behaviour Patrick Roy Loses Temper in NHL Coaching Debut [VIDEO] Future Considerations’ October Ranking for 2014 Draft George Parros Released from Hospital [VIDEO] Guy Lafleur Passes Torch to Habs Daniel Briere [VIDEO] Other Information at All Habs Puck’s Take   @HabsPuckBunny Habs Tickets   Need tickets for an upcoming Montreal Canadiens’ game? Click no the following link for the cheapest prices on available tickets: Montreal Canadiens Tickets Follow @stevofarnham and @All_Habs on Twitter
about 19 hours ago
MONTREAL, QC. — For now, mystery surrounds the hockey career of Habs prospect Colin Sullivan.  According to the Boston College Hockey blog, Sullivan was not a practice on Tuesday morning.  Sullivan is a sophomore from Milford, Conn...
MONTREAL, QC. — For now, mystery surrounds the hockey career of Habs prospect Colin Sullivan.  According to the Boston College Hockey blog, Sullivan was not a practice on Tuesday morning.  Sullivan is a sophomore from Milford, Connecticut who is still eligible to to play junior hockey this season. It is being reported by multiple sources that he has left the Boston College hockey program. Sullivan is no longer listed on the 2013-14 roster of the  Boston College website.  The 20-year old defenseman was well down the depth chart and leaving the program may simply be an effort to find a situation where he can secure more ice time. Sullivan was a seventh-round pick (198th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He attended the Canadiens Development Camp in July. For further reading: Up Close with Colin Sullivan: Pre-Med Habs Prospect
about 20 hours ago