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Links: Canadiens headed for logjam at centre

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-12-12

In today’s links, Ryan Poehling prepares for his second run at World Juniors glory, and will soon become one of many centres in the Habs organization, and Alex Ovechkin is showing no signs of slowing down with age. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Max Domi is one of this year’s most surprising players so far. [ESPN] Shea Weber’s return is making an immediate impact on the Habs. [TSN (Vide

GAME #31 – WILD DOMINATION – Minnesota-7 Canadiens-1 (Dec. 11/2018)

Source: The Reusch Blog
Date: 2018-12-12

Every team has it’s nemesis; a team that they just can’t find a way to beat and more often than not are not only beaten by them but beaten-up. Nothing in recent years has acted as cooler for the Canadiens like a trip to St. Paul Minnesota. The team hasn’t won a game at the Xcel Energy Center since March 2011. In the six straight losses at Minnesota the Canadiens have been outscored 30-12 and over the last three seasons the Canadiens have lost 7-1, 6-3 and on Tu

Wild Maul Canadiens – Dumba Scores a Deuce

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2018-12-12

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Dumba scored twice, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and the Minnesota Wild took out some recent frustrations on the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 victory Tuesday night. Minnesota Wild’s Nino Niederreiter, Zach P

Grinding style of play gives Canadiens fits again vs. Wild

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-12-12

The Minnesota Wild came into Tuesday’s game having lost five of their last six. Over that stretch, starting goaltender Devan Dubnyk was a disaster — stopping under 85 per cent of the shots he faced and getting yanked out of his net on more than one occasion. But a visit from the Montreal Canadiens had potential to be a cure-all for Dubnyk and the Wild, even if they had come to town on a three-game winning streak. It proved to be exactly that. The home team recorded its eighth consecutive win against the Canadiens —

Canadiens blown out 7-1 in chilly Minnesota

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-12-12

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Bruce Boudreau is an old-time coach and he had the Minnesota Wild playing old-time hockey as they used their size advantage to grind the Canadiens offence to a halt and feasted on the power play. The result was a decisive 7-1 win for the Wild Tuesday. It was Minnesota’s sixth consecutive win over the Canadiens at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild made life miserable for Antti Niemi as they exploded for four goals in the second period. The game was a total washout for the Montreal special teams. Montreal’s penalty-kill was outstanding Sunday in Chicago but Minnesota scored on all four of its power plays. The Montreal power play not only failed to score on its one opportunity but it also gave up a shorthanded goal. Related In the Habs' Room:

In the Habs' Room: 'Unacceptable' performance against Wild

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-12-12

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The philosopher George Santayana once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That was the case Tuesday as the Minnesota Wild crushed the Canadiens 7-1. There were eight players in the Montreal lineup who were blissfuly unaware that the Canadiens have trouble winning at the Xcel Energy Center, but have a better understanding of the history after this game. As for the other 12 Montreal players on the ice, they must be slow learners. Minnesota has won six in a row against the Canadiens here and they have an 8-3-0 lifetime edge, but none of those losses were as one-sided as this one. This was the wrap-up of a three-game road trip, and most teams would be happy to win two out of three. But after

Matthew Dumba scores twice, Wild rout Canadiens

Source: Sportsnet.ca
Date: 2018-12-12

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Dumba scored twice, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and the Minnesota Wild took out some recent frustrations on the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 victory Tuesday night. The Wild scored four times in the second period to recover from a lousy swing through Western Canada, when Minnesota dropped two of three and lost captain Mikko Koivu to injury. Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Eric Staal, Jared Spurgeon and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota (16-12-2), which went 4 for 4 on the power play. Jeff Petry scored for Montreal (15-11-5), which ended a three-game winning streak. After taking a 1-0 lead on N

About last night …

Source: Montreal Gazette
Date: 2018-12-12

Would a Carey Price start have made a difference in Minnesota? Nah! Quote of the Night, from Mike Johnson when Price entered a 7-1 game: “Is his groin loose?” Canadiens fans could be forgiven if their digestive systems were loose after watching their team put on a poop show. One night after the Vikings were shut out in Seattle, the Wild scored a converted touchdown against Antti Niemi and the hapless Habs. Not much to say about the Stinkeroo of the Season. Four power-play goals against? Plus a shorty? Pretty much everyone in a white jersey was bad, with gusts to awful. Exceptions: • Carey Price. No idea why Claude Julien put him in, but Price stopped the nine shots he faced. • Nicolas Deslauriers, Kenny Agostino and Michael Chaput were each plus-1. • Noah Juulsen played 16 minutes and was not on for any even-strength goals-against. • Jesperi Kotkaniemi went 9-4 on faceoffs. • Th

TSM: Disaster Zone

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-12-12

The Wild put seven past Niemi as penalties help doom the Habs. 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. The Habs are on a winning streak, Mike Johnson is the color guy, AND MY SON IS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK. On the other hand, the Habs apparently have lost seven straight against the Wild, so that all might change rather quickly. First Period Gotta say...I'm not super fond of this start, Habs... The Wild have been really sharp, but fortunately, Niemi has been sharper. Might just be me, but the puck seems to be bouncing an

[Highlight] Jeff Petry starts the comeback in Minnesota

Source: Eyes On The Prize
Date: 2018-12-12

It’s now 6-1. Jeff Petry puts Montreal on the board to make it a 6-1 game. As Shawn Thornton would say, they just need a goal every three minutes to get the game tied. Hell of a rip by Jeff Petry for his fifth goal of the year. pic.twitter.com/levxPCr8aa— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) December 12, 2018

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