What’s in a Canadiens Number? 2013-14 edition


Every season, I post a Blog of the new numbers worn that season.  This season waited until the last month to compile the 2013-14 edition where there have been 13 jersey number changes/additions from one season ago.

First let’s start off with a number switch from last Season.

#24 – Jarred Tinordi:  Last season Jarred Tinordi wore #42 because #24 was taken by Jeff Halpern.  Tinordi’s dad, Mark Tinordi wore #24 for most of his career.   This season, with Halpern a UFA and not re-signed by the Canadiens, #24 became available again and Tinordi wore it from the start of training camp and ever since he was re-called from Hamilton.

Now let’s look at all the new numbers for 2013-14.

#48 – Daniel Brière:  The Canadiens big splash in the off-season Free-Agent market was signing Brière to a two year contract. Brière has been wearing #48 since his days with Buffalo.  #48 was first worm back in the 1930’s, and then for fifty years, no one wore it until Canadiens current Assistant Coach Jean-Jacques Daigneault wore it for 7 seasons with the Habs (1989-96).

#15 – George Parros:  George Parros was acquired in the off-season from the Florida Panthers.  This marks the first season Parros wears #15 in his 9 year NHL career.  Fifty-two other players wore #15 prior to Parros.  Amongst which Bobby Rousseau in the 60’s.  Former Habs GM Rejean Houle from 1976-’83.  And Bobby Smith from 1983-’90.  #15 was last worn last seaon by Petteri Nokelainen.

#6 – Douglas Murray:  Douglas Murray was another off-season Free Agent acquisition my the Canadiens.  It marks the first time Murray wears #6 having worn #3 with both San Jose and Pittsburgh.  Number 6 was first worn during the 1911-12 season.  In total 36 players wore it before Murray.  Some notable names include Howie Morenz in his rookie season wore it briefly before he switched to #7.   Toe Blake wore it for 11 seasons in his playing career as a Canadien.  Ralph Backstrom wore it the longest over a span of 13 seasons (1958-71).  More recently Pierre Mondou (1977-85), Russ Courtnall (1988-92), Oleg Petrov (1992-96), and Jaroslav Spacek was the last Canadiens player to wear it  (2009-12).

#49 – Michael Bournival:  The Canadiens rookie Michael Bournival made the team out of training camp this season.  Bournival wears #49, a number that hasn’t been worn since Brian Savage wore it from 1993-2002.  Bournival becomes the third player to wear #49; Brain Savage and Luc Gauthier (1990-91) were the others.

 #82 – Patrick Holland:   As a mid-season call-up by the Canadiens, Patrick Holland played his first 5 games in the NHL.  Holland was given #82, the same number he wore at training camp.  He joins Donald Audette as the only other Canadien to wear #82.

 #57 – Martin St-Pierre:  As a journey-man centreman, St-Pierre got called up to the NHL this season having last played in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators in the 2009-10 season.  For his one game with the Canadiens this season, St-Pierre wore #57.  The number was first worn by Chris Murray back in 1994.  The last Habs player to wear #57 was Blake Geoffrion before a head injury, while playing with the Canadiens farm club during last season, forced Geoffrion to retire.

#28 – Joonas Nattinen:  As another one game call-up by the Canadiens, centre-man Joonas Nattinen wore #28 which was first worn in the 1976-77 season.  One time 50 goal scorer Pierre Larouche wore #28 from 1977-82.  Eric Desjardins wore it between 1988-95.   Other notables include Craig Conroy for one season, 1994-95, Dainus Zubrus  in 1998-99.  And most recently Kyle Chipchura , 2007-09.

#60 – Christian Thomas: Christian Thomas was acquired in trade with the New York Rangers during the off-season.  Thomas was called up for two games.  He wore #60.  Only two players wore it before him,  Jose Theodore wore it for ten seasons (1996-2006).  And Aaron Palushaj wore it for his one season with the club, 2011-12.

 #35 – Dustin Tokarski:  As a fill in for injured Carey Price following the Olympics, Tokarski got two starts with the big club.  He was given #35.  Surprisingly #35 was first used by Mike McPhee from 1983-92.  When Tomas Plekanec first broke into the NHL he wore #35 from 2003-07.  Three other goalies have used #35; Andy Moog, Stephane Fiset, and Alex Auld was the last goalie to wear it.

# 22 – Dale Weise:   Dale Weise was acquired prior to the trade deadline date from Vancouver.  Weise wore #32 with the Canucks but that number is  taken by Travis Moen.  So Weise settled for #22.  Its been used 35 times prior.  Among which John Ferguson 1963-71, and Steve Shutt 1972-85.  It was last used by Tomas Kaberle in 2011-13.

#43 – Mike Weaver:  As a trade deadline acquisition from Florida Panthers, Mike Weaver was able to get the number he wore when he first broke into the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers back in 2002.,  Weaver also wore #43 with the L.A. Kings, St. Louis Blues, and with the Florida Panthers.   Weaver becomes the fourth Habs player to wear #43.  He joins Benoit Brunet, Andrew Cassels, and Patrice Brisebois as the only players ever to wear #43 with the Canadiens.

#20 – Thomas Vanek:  Acquired on trade deadline day, Thomas Vanek had to find a new number seeing the only number he’s worn in the NHL, #26, is used by Josh Gorges.  So Vanek settled for #20. It’s a number that has been widely used in the Canadiens 100+ years of history.  Sixty different players have worn it prior to Vanek arriving.  Pete Mahovlich wore in the longest between 1969-78.  Jean Beliveau wore it briefly when he was first called up from the Quebec Aces, wearing it in the 1950-51 season.  Guy Carbonneau too wore it when he was first called up back in 1980 before he switched to #21.  Richard Zednick wore it over a span of 6 seasons 1990-96.  And Colby Armstrong wore it last season, his only season with the Canadiens.

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Will GM Bergevin deal or no deal

Wednesday March 5, at 3PM ET is the NHL trade deadline.  Many fans (and players) will be anxious to learn if Habs GM Marc Bergevin will be a buyer or seller at the trade deadline.  But anyone can spin any potential deal as a benefit to the club.

These are the players that might be involved should a deal go through:

Andrei Markov (D); a UFA after this season.  Apparently Habs offered him a 1 year extension.  Markov wants three years.

Brian Gionta (RW);  a UFA after this season.  Does he want to return to New Jersey after this season if he doesn’t re-sign with Montreal?  Does Habs GM have Gionta on his long-term plans?

Lars Eller (C/F); after a promising start playing with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, Eller’s play has gone downhill.  People questioning his hockey IQ.  But he does have up-side.

Rene Bourque (LW/RW); Bourque has two more seasons after this at $3.33M cap-hit. what you see is what you get with Bourque.

Travis Moen (LW); A Stanley Cup veteran with Anaheim, he can give a team some added depth.

Daniel Briere (C/LW); Don’t look now but Briere is making the most of his ice time scoring 11 goals in 50 games.  He has one season remaining at $4.0M.

Francis Bouillon (D); The Canadiens have a backlog of defenceman in Hamilton and Bouillon could be used for depth for another team.

Louis Leblanc (F); Buried in the minors, Leblanc is a RFA after this season and could use a fresh start with another organization.

The Canadiens have been quasi active over the last few years at the trade deadline.  Last season at the trade deadline, Habs GM Bergevin picked up Davis Drewiske (D) from LA Kings in exchange for 2013 5th Rnd Draft Pick (Patrik Bartosak, G).  Drewiske has been injured all of 2013-14 and was sent to Hamilton (AHL) today after clearing waivers.


Back in 2012, in then GM Pierre Gauthier’s last role with the club, he traded Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville for 2013, 2nd Round Pick (Jacob de la Rose, LW).  And leading up to the trade deadline dealt Hal Gill to Nashville for Blake Geoffrion (F), Robert Slaney (F) and 2012, 2nd Round Pick (Dalton Thrower, D).


In 2010’s trade deadline, Habs traded Matt D’Agostini (F) to St. Louis for Aaron Palushaj (F).


Back in 2008, GM Bob Gainey at the time, dealt starting goalie Cristobal Huet to Washington for  2009, 2nd Round Draft Pick (traded to Atlanta, Jeremy Morin – LW), handing the starting goaltending reigns to rookie Carey Price.


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Heading into the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, the Montreal Canadiens were represented by 7 players.  Through the Quarter Finals, only three players remain; Carey Price and P.K. Subban for Team Canada, and Max Pacioretty for Team USA.  Meaning the Montreal Canadiens will have at least one representative for the Gold Medal match on Sunday Feb. 23, as Canada and USA square off in the Semi-Finals on Friday February 21.  Team Sweden plays Team Finland in the other Semi-Final match.

So far, Carey Price is the only Habs player who has distinguished himself in these games, has posted 3 wins, and a GAA of 0.99 and SV% of 0.941.

As for the other Habs, well P.K. Subban has only played in one game.  Tomas Plekanec, although picking up 4 points in 5 games, did all he could captaining an ageing Czech Team.  Peter Budaj, playing for Slovakia where their coach totally mishandled the goalkeeping duties, posted a poor GAA of 4.53 in parts of 2 games.  Max Pacioretty looks to be nursing a bruise (sustained from his last NHL game prior to the Olympics).   And Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin proved to many that Russia really needs to start developing defenseman to be considered an elite team.

Below are the stats of Canadiens players through the Quarter Finals.



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Montreal Canadiens sending 8 players to the Olympics


This past week was the deadline for Hockey Federations participating in the Winter Olympics  in Sochi to submit their team rosters.  The Montreal Canadiens will have 8 members going to Sochi.

They are:

Canada: Carey Price (G), P.K. Subban (D)

Czech Republic: Tomas Plekanec (F)

Russia: Andrei Markov (D), Alexei Emelin (D)

Slovakia: Peter Budaj (G)

Switzerland: Raphael Diaz (D)

U.S.A:  Max Pacioretty (F)

For Peter Budaj, Tomas Plekanec, and Raphael Diaz, these Olympics will mark their second consecutive Olympics they will participate in.  For Carey Price and P.K. Subban, this marks the first time members of the Montreal Canadiens make Team Canada since 1998 when Shayne Corson and Mark Recchi participated.  1998 was also the year NHL players first took part in the Olympics.

With 8 members of the Habs going to Sochi, only Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues have more players than the Canadiens going to the Olympics, with each team sending 10 players.

At the beginning of the season I predicted up to 10 Canadiens could be going to Sochi.  But Alex Galchenyuk was deemed too young by Team USA and left aside.  And Lars Eller, by far the best player for Team Denmark, well it never dawned on me that Team Denmark’s hockey team did not qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Below is the complete Schedule for Ice Hockey sport at the 2014 Winter Olympics.



Group A
United States
Group B
Group C
Czech Republic
1 21:00 C Czech Republic vs. Sweden
2 21:00 C Latvia vs. Switzerland
3 12:00 B Finland vs. Austria
4 16:30 A Russia vs. Slovenia
5 16:30 A Slovakia vs. United States
6 21:00 B Canada vs. Norway
7 12:00 C Czech Republic vs. Latvia
8 16:30 C Sweden vs. Switzerland
9 21:00 B Canada vs. Austria
10 21:00 B Norway vs. Finland
11 12:00 A Slovakia vs. Slovenia
12 16:30 A United States vs. Russia
13 21:00 C Switzerland vs. Czech Republic
14 21:00 C Sweden vs. Latvia
15 12:00 B Austria vs. Norway
16 16:30 A Russia vs. Slovakia
17 16:30 A Slovenia vs. United States
18 21:00 B Finland vs. Canada


19 12:00 tbd
20 16:30 tbd
21 21:00 tbd
22 21:00 tbd


23 12:00 tbd
24 16:30 tbd
25 21:00 tbd
26 21:00 tbd


27 16:00 tbd
28 21:00 tbd


29 19:00 L27 vs. L28


30 16:00 W27 vs. W28

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Habs Prospect Zach Fucale, does he have a bright NHL future?

Watching the World Juniors Championships during these past two weeks, I can’t stop to wonder about what future Team Canada’s starting goalie Zach Fucale might have in the NHL.  Drafted in the 2nd round, 36th overall in last year’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Fucale started the 2013-14 Under-19 tournament as a backup to Jake Paterson.  But after two games, Fucale has started in every game and is headed to the medal games this weekend with Team Canada looking for Gold.

Looking back at the past 10 years of World Junior Championships, the biggest goalie names to come out of Team Canada have been the Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury (2004), the Canadiens’ Carey Price (2007) and Toronto Maple Leaf’s  Jonathan Bernier (2008). All three have already had distinguished careers in the NHL.  Fleury has won a Stanley Cup in 2009 and has over 270 wins already in his career.  Price has been the Habs #1 goalie for 4+ seasons already has 160+ wins.  And this season Bernier is now solidifying himself as a #1 starter in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Being part of Team Canada doesn’t guarantee success.  Since 2008, the jury is still out on which goalie will have a bright future in the NHL.  Back in 2010 Martin Jones shared Team Canada’s goaltending duties with Blues’ prospect Jake Allen, and this season Jones started his NHL career winning his first 8 starts with the LA Kings.  He’s since lost 3 games but might just be the next big goalie name since Price/Bernier.

Other names to look for in the coming years are Bruins prospect Malcom Subban (Team Canada, 2013), and perhaps Habs very own Zack Fucale.  But let’s give Fucale five more years before we measure his true potential.

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Habs Week that was for Dec 8, 2013


THE HABS WEEK THAT WAS by GOHABS.com (week ending December 8, 2013)
GOHABS.com Habs Week in Review.

Overall: W:19 L:9 OTL:3. PTS:41
2nd in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference.

Record for week ending December 8, 2013GP: 4 // W: 4 // L: 0 // OTL: 0 // PTS: 8

Monday December 2, 2013

W: New Jersey Devils 2, at Montreal Canadiens 3

The Montreal Canadiens having come off a huge physical and mental game against Toronto, started their slow in their first of back to back games against New Jersey.  New Jersey started Martin Brodeur in what could possibly be his last start facing the Habs in Montreal  New Jersey opened the scoring only to see Habs jump to a 3-1 lead before Michael Ryder narrowed the score.  Habs managed to fend off the Devils and continue their winning streak,

Wednesay December 4, 2013

W: Montreal Canadiens 4 at New Jersey Devils 3 / SO

Heading into the third period, with the Canadiens up 2-1, this match up was looking like it was going to be a classic New Jersey style snooze-fest.  But that wasn’t the case.  With a flurry of 5 goals goals in the third period, including 3 goals in the final 4 minutes of regulation.  peter Elias scored with 80 seconds left in the game to give the Devils a 3-2 lead, but with Peter Budaj pulled for the extra attacker in the final minute, David Desharnais deflected a shot from the point by Brian Gionta to tie the game at 3-3 and send the game into overtime.  Nothing was decided in OT, and Peter Budaj was in his third shootout of the season and picked up the win.  Budaj, already has 5 wins as a backup this season.

Thursday December 5, 2013

W: Boston Bruins 1 at Montreal Canadiens 2

With the Canadiens playing their 5th game in seven nights, everyone expected a let down from the Canadiens as they were quickly running out of gas. But first place in the ATlntaic division was in play as the Canadiens were 1 point behind the Bruins heading into the game.  The game saw an unfortunate incident whereby Max Pacioretty checked Johnny Boychuk into the boards behind the net and Boychuk  hot his head first.  Boychuk had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher.  It was later revealed he injured his back on the play.  Pacioretty was assessed a 2 minute penalty for the unintentional play. The game fell into a lull after that play especially by the Bruins as the Canadiens scored two goals in the second with goals from Tomas Plekanec and and Max Pacioretty to take a 2-1 lead.  In the third period, despite being out-shot 16-6 by the Bruins, Habs hung on to win 2-1.  As Michel Therrien said after the game, the Canadiens “emptied the tank” and were given a day off on Friday and temporarily moved into first place in the division and 2nd in the conference.

Saturday December 8, 2013

W: Buffalo Sabres 1 at Montreal Canadiens 2

Once of the toughest part of playing a team in last place as the Habs were looking for their 5th consecutive win, is getting motivated to play them.  The first period was a clear indication because shots on goal were 5-4 Sabres and scored tied at 0-0.  The second period, Habs exploded for 3 goals including Tomas Plekancec’s team-leading 11th goal of the season.  Although the Sabres played tight and scored early in the third, it wasn’t enough as the Canadiens went on to win their 5th in a row and are the hottest team in the NHL with a record of 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.


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Habs Week that Was for Nov 3, by GOHABS.com

THE HABS WEEK THAT WAS by GOHABS.com (week ending November 3rd)
GOHABS.com Habs Week in Review.

Overall: W:8 L:7 OTL:0. PTS:16
5th in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference.

Record for week ending November 3, 2013GP: 4 // W: 2 // L: 2 // OTL: 0 // PTS: 4

Monday October 28, 2013

W: Montreal Canadiens 2 at  New York Rangers 0

The Montreal Canadiens helped re-open the newly renovated Madison Square Garden in New York.  But the story of the night was Habs backup Peter Budaj who made 27 saves to record his 11th career shutout.  And Budaj made it 10 straight regular season wins dating back to last season.  Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk provided the scoring for Montreal.  Prior to the game the Canadiens recalled former first round draft pick Louis Leblanc and got 15 shifts in his first Habs game this season.

Milestones: Douglas Murray plays his first regular season game in a Canadiens uniform.

Tuesday October 29, 2013

W: Dallas Stars 1 at  Montreal Canadiens 2

The Canadiens played their second game in as many nights and once again it was a defensive show down.  Although Dallas outshot the Canadiens 27-24, Carey Price was solid in nets as the Canadiens got by with goals my Michael Bournival and Rene Bourque.

Milestones: Both Ryan White and Michael Blunden played in their 100th career regular-season NHL game.

Friday November 1, 2013

L:  Montreal Canadiens 3 at  Minnesota Wild 4

The Canadiens road trip was a special one because the dad’s were allowed to accompany the team, a Father & Son weekend of sorts.  First stop; St. Paul, Minn.  The game marked the return of Habs enforcer George Parros who has been sidelined since that unfortunate fall to the ice the first game of the season in a tilt against Toronto’s Colton Orr.  This was not one of Parros’s better nights because his line with Parros, Ryan White and Michael Blunden were on the ice for the Wild’s first three goals.  The Canadiens battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game at 3 midway into the third period.  But defenseman Francis Bouillon let Jason Pominville out of his sight and Pominville scored the winner with just over 5 minutes remaining.  It was Pominville’s second goal of the night.

Saturday October 26, 2013

L:  Montreal Canadiens 1 at  Colorado Avalanche 4

The start of the game was delayed slightly as Colorado honoured Adam Foote in a jersey retirement ceremony.  It was a hard fought game the first 45 minutes of the game, with the game tied at 1, but two miscues by P.K. Subban and the game was had in the third period.  After the game head Coach Michel Therrien wasted no time to throw P.K. Subban under the bus.  In the post-game interview Therrien was quoted as saying “Our defenceman that cost us the game …  The second one (goal), the same defenceman  made the same mistake, cost us the game”.  Therrien didn’t call Subban by name, but it was obvious that’s who he was referring to.  Subban wasn’t the only player in the doghouse, as David Desharnais who has scored only once this season, was benched for part of the third period.  And there’s more.  It appears Desharnais has lost his spot at centre as Therrien FINALLY put Alex Galchenyuk at centre (his natural position) on a line with Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty, who returned to the line-up after missing 8 games with a pulled quadriceps muscle.

Player Movement for the week:

October 28, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens recall defenceman Greg Pateryn from Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).

 October 29, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens return forward Patrick Holland to the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).

 October 31, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens re-sign defenseman Alexei Emelin to a 4 years, $16.4M contract.

November 3, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens return forward Michael Blunden to the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).

November 3, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens recall forward Martin St-Pierre from the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).

NOTE:  any player called up after 5pm only counts against the cap the following day.


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Habs Week that Was for Oct 27, by GOHABS.com

THE HABS WEEK THAT WAS by GOHABS.com (week ending October 27th)
GOHABS.com Habs week in review.

Overall: W:6 L:5 OTL:0. PTS:12
5th in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference.

Record for week ending October 27, 2013: GP: 3 // W: 1 // L: 2 // OTL: 0 // PTS: 2

Tuesday October 22, 2013

L: Edmonton Oilers 4 at Montreal Canadiens 3

After the Canadiens opened the first period with two goals, the Canadiens were probably thinking they were in cruise control. After first intermission, the Oilers had second thoughts. Their coach Dallas Eakins had to motivate his team and remind themthem what Lars Eller thought of Oilers as a team (Eller was quoted as saying the Oilers remind him of a junior team running around with no structure).  The Oilers went on the score four straight goals. The Canadiens scored their third goal with two seconds left in the game with an extra attacker. After the game Coach Therrien was asked what he thought of Eller’s pre-game comments. Therrien’s response: Those were “inappropriate”.

Milestones: Patrick Holland, who was called up from Hamilton last week, played in his first NHL game.

Thursday October 24, 2013
W: Anaheim Ducks 1 at Montreal Canadiens 4

The Anaheim Ducks visiting in Montreal can only mean one thing; the return of Saku Koivu to Montreal and the never ending debate of whether the Canadiens should retire Saku Koivu’s number (oh how the standards have fallen, but I digress). The game also marked the last appearance of Teemu Selanne’s as Selanne is retiring after this season. The Canadiens It appeared had a simple game plan for this game; play a full 60 minutes and never let the foot off the pedal. Anaheim made it extremely easy for the Canadiens because the Ducks were a complete no-show. Although the Ducks out-shot the Canadiens 32-25, the Canadiens were never threatened by Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, two players sure to make Team Canada at the upcoming Sochi Olympics. The Canadiens got fire power by the Plekanec-Gionta-Bournival line which combined for 7 points in the game.

Saturday October 26, 2013
L: San Jose Sharks 2 at Montreal Canadiens 0

San Jose Sharks showed Montreal hockey fans why the Sharks only lost 1 game in their first 10 games of the season. The Sharks dominated on all stats. And only gave up 1 power play opportunity. The Sharks’ Logan Couture benefited from an odd bounce during a dump in around the board, with the puck bouncing to the front of the net while Carey Price waited behind the net trying to intercept the puck thinking it would stick along the boards. This made the game 2-0 and San Jose never looked back. Unfortunately the Canadiens continue to make use of the infirmary as Travis Moen got a puck in the face and had to leave the game. (It was later revealed Moen suffered a fractured orbital bone and will be out one week). The game verses San Jose capped off a 5 game home stand where the Canadiens went 2-3.

Fun fact: Josh Gorges was acquired from San Jose back in 2007 when the Canadiens traded Craig Rivet to San Jose. Draft picks also changed hands with Habs receiving a 2007 first round pick (Max Pacioretty) and San Jose received a 2007 fifth round (Jean Demers). Jean who????? Safe to say who won that deal.

Player Movement for the week:
October 23, 2013 The Montreal Canadiens return defenceman Jarred Tinordi to Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 23, 2013 The Montreal Canadiens recall defenceman Greg Pateryn from Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 26, 2013 The Montreal Canadiens return forward Patrick Holland and defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 27, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens recall forwards Patrick Holland and Louis Leblanc from Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).

NOTE: any player called up after 5pm only counts against the cap the following day.

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GOHABS.com Week that was Oct 20

THE GOHABS.com WEEK THAT WAS (week ending October 20th)

Recapping the Habs week October 13-20.

Montreal Canadiens 5W-3L-0 OTL, 4th in Atlantic Division

 A weekly blog recapping the Habs week that was.

Record for week ending October 20, 2013:  GP: 3  W: 2  L: 1  OTL: 0  PTS: 4

Tuesday October 15, 2013

W:  Montreal Canadiens 3 at Winnipeg Jets 0

The Canadiens finished off their first road trip of the season with a shutout win over the Winnipeg Jets.  But the win was a costly one as forward Max Pacioretty went down with a left quad muscle strain.  Pacioretty is expected to be out of the line-up for 3 weeks. On a positive note, Daniel Briere picked up his first goal of the season (his first in a Habs uniform).

Carey Price made 36 saves to record his 20th career shutout moving him to 9th spot on the club’s all-time shutouts leader, just one shutout behind Charlie Hodge.

Milestones: Brian Gionta played in his 700th career NHL game. Josh Gorges played in his 500th career NHL game.

 Thursday October 17, 2013

W:  Columbus Blue Jackets 3 at Montreal Canadiens 5

The Canadiens returned home from a four-game western road trip and carried their momentum into their first period picking up a quick two goal lead.  It was 3 -0 Montreal in the 2nd Period, when Columbus scored three unanswered goals to tie the game.  But with 67 seconds left in Regulation, Tomas Plekanec shot from the offensive blue line and caught Columbus netminder, Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky cheating to one side, as the Canadiens took a 4-3 lead.  Plekanec added an empty netter to seal the victory.  The empty net goal was the Canadiens second shorthanded goal of the game two shorthanded goals in the game (one being an empty net).  That brings to three for the season.  The Canadiens had none all of last season.

Milestone: Canadiens rookie Michael Bournival picked up his first NHL goal.

 Saturday October 19, 2013

L:  Nashville Predators 2 at Montreal Canadiens 1

The game turned into a goaltending dual between Habs Carey Price and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne but it was Price who was keeping the Canadiens in the game.  After each team traded goals in the first two periods, it appeared Lars Eller scored the go-ahead goal in the third.  That’s when Rinne trapped Eller’s shot over the blue line.  Although there was no conclusive replay showing the puck actually crossing the blue line, the official Chris Rooney believed it went in signalling a goal.  Probably thinking along the lines … if a tree falls in a forest, does anybody hear it?  The NHL’s Situation Room overturned the goal.  And with just over a minute left in regulation, the Canadiens were caught napping and rookie sensation Seth Jones of the Predators, averaging over 27 minutes a game, jumped on a loose puck in the slot and beat Price for what turned to be the game winning goal.  The Canadiens lost more than just the game as two more regulars succumbed to injuries.  Daniel Briere was accidentally hit to the head by Eric Nystrom, whereby Briere sustained yet another concussion. His third concussion in as many seasons.  Briere is out at least 7 to 10 days.  And late in the third, Brandon Prust went crashing into the board injuring his shoulder.  Prust is out 4 weeks.


Player Movement for the week:

October 16: Defenceman Davis Drewiskie out 5-6 months following shoulder surgery.

October 19:  Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu sent down to Hamilton (AHL).


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GOHABS The Week That Was for Oct. 13

THE GOHABS WEEK THAT WAS (week ending October 13).

A weekly blog recapping the Habs week that was.

Montreal Canadiens 3-2, 5th in Atlantic Division

 Record for week ending October 12, 2013:  GP: 3  W :2  L:1 OTL: 0  PTS: 4

Wednesday October 9, 2013

L:  Montreal Canadiens 2 at Calgary Flames 3

The Canadiens started their western road swing and it seemed they were just not ready.  Call it jet-lagged, or lack of focus, the Canadiens trailed 2-0 after the first period.  Canadiens played catch up all game, with P.K. Subban leading the way with a goal and an assist, but his two 3rd period penalties, one of them with over a minute left in the game, ended any chances of the Canadiens tying the game.  Journey-man goalie Joey MacDonald was the game’s first star.  Nathan Beaulieu made his first start oft he season with the Habs.

Milestone: Rene Bourque played in his 500th career NHL game.

 Thursday October 10, 2013  

W:  Montreal Canadiens 4 at Edmonton Oilers 1

After a lack lustre game the night before, Head Coach Michel Therrien wasted no time to juggle the lines.  Eller – Galchenyuk – Gallagher, which provided 70% of the scoring in the first three games, was broken up.  Tomas Plekanec replaced Eller at Centre.  Eller centred a line with Pacioretty and Brière.  After an early second period goal by the Oilers Ryan Smith on a Power play, the Canadiens answered with 4 unanswered goals.  The Gally kids lead the way with both Brendan Gallagher and Alex Gallchenyuk netting a goal and an assist.  P.K. Subban picked up 3 assists.  Peter Budaj started his first game of the season in the win, with 27 saves.

 Saturday October 12, 2013  

W:  Montreal Canadiens 4 at Vancouver Canucks 1

The Canadiens started the game without the services of Brian Gionta who, the day before, had to rush back home to attend to a family emergency concerning one of his children.  The game tied at 1-1 in the second, featured one of the strangest goal when Dan Hamius and Roberto Luongo combined for an own goal. The goal was credited to Lars Eller.  A shorthanded goal.  That seemed to sap the momentum in the third period as the Canadiens won 4-1.  Tomas Plekanec and Josh Gorges got their first of the year, both in the third period, and PK Subban picked up another assist,


Player Movement for the week:

October 6: Canadiens  recall defenceman Nathan Beaulieu from Hamilton (AHL).


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