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Stu Cowan: Canadiens' Max Domi is skating out of his father's shadow

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-10-18

Growing up as the son of an NHL player definitely has its perks. Like getting to practise faceoffs as a kid in a hotel lobby with Mark Messier. “Not many people can say they’ve done that,” Max Domi said with a smile after the Canadiens practised Thursday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Or when you’re a youngster playing in minor-hockey playoffs and having problems winning faceoffs against your main opponent, so your father calls Doug Gilmour, who shows up before one of your games to give you tips in the locker room and you don’t lose another draw the rest of the series. Or those times when you got to skate on a fresh sheet of ice at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, all alone with a bucket full of pucks, dumping them out and firing shots off the glass and then trying to hit the crossbar so you could hear the loud “ping!” ring through the empty arena. Growing up as Tie Domi’s son had some pretty cool benefits, but it could a

Improving Canadiens' special-teams play 'starts with attitude'

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-10-18

Head coach Claude Julien is cautiously optimistic when he discusses the Canadiens’ impressive start to the season. “Things can change quickly,” he said after the Canadiens defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on a goal by Brendan Gallagher with 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation time. Julien talked about bad breaks or injuries creating problems, but he also talked about things changing for the better when he said “there’s lots to accomplish and we have to keep plugging away.” Special-teams play is one area where the Canadiens can be better. One measuring stick of the efficacy of special teams is to add the percentage of success on the power play and the penalty kill. If it adds up to 100, your team is doing okay. The Canadiens rank 23rd in the NHL on the power play with a success rate of 15.4 per cent and the PK checked in at 24th with a success rate of 72.2 per cent. Add those numbers and you get 87.6, well short of the benchmark. They are also

Better Call Paul – Habs Shooting Star

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-10-18

Paul Byron was an unheralded free agent signing by Marc Bergevin after he was waived by the Calgary Flames in 2015, but it turned out to be one of the Montreal Canadiens’ general manager’s more prescient moves. (Am

Canadiens focused on turning hot start into a winning culture

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-10-18

BROSSARD, Que.,–The Montreal Canadiens skated the ice into oblivion at their south-shore practice facility on Thursday. Nothing a good Zamboni job won’t fix, but we’re bringing it up because they didn’t necessarily have to do that. With nearly three full days to spare between Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues and this coming Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, it would have been understandable if the Canadiens took Thursday off. They had earned it by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Blues in succession. Instead they pushed through a one-hour practice at warp speed, with the intensity ratcheting up from drill to drill. It ended with some wind sprints, which followed a three-on-three sequence in close quarters.

Podcast: The Recency Bias – Game 6

Source: Rabid Habs
Date: 2018-10-18

Coming into Wednesday night’s game, your Montreal Canadiens had dropped five straight to the St. Louis Blues and it might have hit six if not for Brendan Gallagher’s late game heroics.   http://rabidhabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Game-6.mp3 

Rocket vs. Wolf Pack recap: Shorthanded goals win it for Laval

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-10-18

Michael Chaput’s brace powers Rocket in 5-2 win over Wolf Pack. Being down a man proved to be no problem for Michael Chaput and the Laval Rocket Wednesday night. Chaput scored two shorthanded goals, while Charlie Lindgren made 20 saves in a 5-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack at Place Bell. The victory avenged a 3-1 road loss to the Wolf Pack 10 days ago. The Rocket had a five-goal night for the second time in this young season and, despite their indiscipline, continued to excel on their league-best penalty kill (95.5%). Laval successfully killed six penalties and, thanks to Chaput, came away with two shorthanded goals. Chaput scored his first of the night in the opening period. Despite being shorthanded, it

Bend, don’t break: The new-look Habs work their magic again

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-10-18

These aren’t last year’s Canadiens. It’s been said many times since the start of the season that this year’s incarnation of the Montreal Canadiens is not the same as last year. Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues showed that once again, as the Canadiens dispatched their opponent in a way that never happened in the previous season. From the outset of the game, the worry was that Montreal might be worn down by the larger, heavier Blues side. Instead of waiting for that to happen, Max Domi blew by everyone and grabbed his first goal in a Canadiens sweater. Then his teammates hit every

Canadiens rediscover their scoring touch | HI/O Show

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-10-18

On this week’s show, our panelists — Gazette sports columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak’s Jessica Rusnak, Sportsnet’s Eric Engels and host Adam Susser — take a look at the retooled Canadiens and their hot start. They also weigh in on these topics: GM Marc Bergevin repairs his roster mistakes. Head coach Claude Julien has deft touch with young lineup. Playoff berth depends on Carey Price’s play. New Hab Tomas Tatar provides offensive spark. Habs come out ahead in Max Pacioretty deal. Related Join the Hockey Inside/Out Facebook group

GAME #6 Gallagher Comes Through – Canadiens-3 St. Louis-2 (Oct. 18/2018)

Source: The Reusch Blog
Date: 2018-10-18

So far, so good. That’s all that can be said at this point. Three straight wins and at least a point in five of six games for a team that most figured would be right up there in the Jack Hughes sweepstakes next May. They still could be, but game-by-game it

4 things we learned: Frolik fires back after rare scratch

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-10-18

A few firsts in Montreal, the Blues’ clueless blue line, and a red-hot rebound game for the Flames. Here are four things we learned in the NHL on Wednesday night. Domi nets his first Max Domi entered Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues with a nice collection of assists through his first five games as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and he didn’t need much time in Game No. 6 to get himself his first goal with the Habs. It took him all of 39 seconds to open the scoring with this two-on-one marker: if ( "1" == true &&

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