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A WIN THE HARD WAY Canadiens-5 Los Angeles-4 (shootout) Dec. 4, 2016

Source: The Reusch Blog
Date: 2016-12-05

There was absolutely nothing to be learned from the Canadiens 5-4 win at Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. Of course the Canadiens will take the two points, forget about the sloppy way the game was played and move on to St. Louis. Going into the game, with is scheduled for a noon-hour startm, we knew that the circadian rhythms for both teams were going to be out of whack. Their screwed up body clocks came home to roost in the second period when a total of six goals were scored, four of them on power plays. Goaltenders Carey Price and Peter Budaj had to fend for themselves as both teams operated somewhere between ‘run’ and ‘gun’. Give the Canadiens some credit.  They came from behind thr

In the Habs' Room: Key cog on new scoring line hits a snag

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2016-12-05

LOS ANGELES — Michel Therrien’s line juggling produced some offence for the Canadiens, but there was a shadow hanging over the team following its 5-4 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday afternoon. Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Alexander Radulov started a game together for the first time this season and they combined for three goals. But Galchenyuk, the team’s leading scorer, left the game early in the third period with what appeared to be a leg injury after making contact with Anze Kopitar. It’s not certain he’ll be available for the finale of the Canadiens’ five-game road trip Tuesday in St. Louis. “We’ll have a better idea tomorrow,” said Therrien

Canadiens vs. Kings game recap: A little sunshine to end the California trip

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2016-12-05

The Montreal Canadiens finally win one in the Golden State. The Montreal Canadiens continued their California road trip by paying a visit to the Los Angeles Kings. A familiar face started in net for the Kings, as Peter Budaj drew in for the injured Jonathan Quick. Montreal jumped out to an early lead when Max Pacioretty sniped Andrei Markov’s pass behind Budaj, just over three minutes into the game. The captain also snapped his eight-game goalless drought in the process. Paul Byron then drew an interference penalty and the Canadiens were awarded their first power play of the game, when Alec Martinez was sent off for the infraction, but Montreal couldn’t capitalize on the opportu

Galchenyuk’s injury is bad timing for Max Pacioretty

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2016-12-05

Of all the players the Montreal Canadiens don’t want to lose to injury for any significant period of time, Alex Galchenyuk has to be right near the top of the list. The 22-year-old centre had recorded his 23 points coming into Sunday’s 5-4 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings. He had been the driving force of the team’s offence and one its biggest threats on the power play, which ranks fourth in the NHL. He was starting to finally establish the type of consistency the Canadiens have waited for since he was drafted third overall in 2012. Sunday’s game was the 300th of his career. That’s why Montreal fans must have been cringing when they saw Galchenyuk hobbling back to the be

About this afternoon … Canadiens beat L.A. 5-4 in Shootout

Source: Hockey Inside/Out
Date: 2016-12-04

To quote a favourite formulation of the great Red Fisher: Take a deep breath and hold it. Paul Byron’s Shootout goal won a 5-4 wild one in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. It was the Canadiens’ first win at the Staples Center since 2011.  And there was a lot to like in a wildly entertaining run-and-gun hockey game. But while there was bright sunshine outside for the noon puck-drop in L.A., a dark cloud hangs over the W. A third-period knee-on-knee collision between Alex Galchenyuk and Anze Kopitar sent the Canadiens’ best forward to the room for repairs. Galchenyuk did not return. And we’ll have to wait for more info from the Canadiens before we know the severity of

Canadiens top Kings in SO as both teams light the lamp

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2016-12-04

LOS ANGELES – Paul Byron scored the clinching goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Montreal Canadiens avoided a winless swing through California with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens, who won for just the second time in seven road games. Montreal had only one win in its previous 11 games in California before scoring three times in the four-round shootout. Alexander Radulov and Andrew Shaw also scored and Carey Price made 27 saves for the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens. Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist apiece for the Kings, who lost for only the second time in eight gam

Canadiens depose Kings in a shootout

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2016-12-04

LOS ANGELES — Paul Byron scored the winning goal in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday afternoon at Staples Centre. The shootout reflected the freewheeling game as Brian Flynn and Alexander Radulov also scored for the Canadiens, while Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings. The Canadiens had a 4-on-3 power play for the final 1:32 of the overtime, but were unable to score. The Canadiens had tied the score at 2:03 of the third period when Andrew Shaw converted the rebound of a shot by David Desharnais for his fifth goal of the season. What it means: The Canadiens are 2-2 on their current five-game road trip. The

Alex Galchenyuk leaves game with injury, will not return

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2016-12-04

Forward Alex Galchenyuk left the game between the Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings on Sunday and did not return. #canadiens Alex Galchenyuk out vs #kings — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) December 4, 2016 The 22-year-old left the game after a knee-on-knee collision with Anze Kopitar. In 24 games this season, Galchenyuk has nine goals and 14 assists which leads the Canadiens in scoring.

Canadiens vs. Kings Top Six Minutes: Lost my heart to Los Angeles but not the Kings...

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2016-12-04

The Habs finish off their California trip on a high note. For our new readers and members, the Top Six Minutes is a continuation of the discussion in the game thread. We try to keep it light and entertaining. Full recaps are up the morning after every game. Pregame A few years a go a left a big chunk of my heart in Los Angeles; never thought I would fall in love with the city, but it did. I still have a playlist with songs about Los Angeles on my phone for a rainy day. Silver Lake and Echo Park - what memories. I love early games for us in Europe, it rarely happens for Canadiens fans so it is special when we get a chance to see a game during ‘normal’ hours. I have beers if needed

Jack Todd: MLS, Impact has supplanted CFL and Alouettes

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2016-12-04

By any measure, they were two of the greatest games in the long and sometimes glorious history of sports in this city. Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact going head-to-head for a place in the MLS final, battling through three hours and 30 minutes of studs-up soccer with no quarter given and none asked. OK, so the wrong team won on aggregate score in overtime. And had the referee not overlooked Jozy Altidore’s throwdown on Victor Cabrera in the box in the first of the two-game series, the result might have been different. But no matter what the result, sport and spectacle won these two games — big-time. In a pair of knock-down, drag-out battles, these two clubs took the game and

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