Overtime!: April 2009
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A particular bout for Montreal.

For the first time on Quebec's pro boxing scene, two Montreal residents will fight each other for a world title.

Jean Pascal (22-1 15 KOs) will try to strip Adrian Diaconu (26-0 15 KOs) of his WBC light-heavyweight title on June 19th. The gala will of course take place at the Bell centre and will be jointly promoted by GYM (Groupe Yvon Michel) and Interbox.

Jean Pascal had his first taste at a world title shot a few months ago when he was defeated by the defending champion, Carl Froch. The bout became the first loss on Pascal's pro record.

But Jean Pascal's career seems to go forward even with this black spot on his record. When asked about this particular fight, the athlete declared that he learned a ton of things during this first career title shot.

The official announcement of this bout made the headlines all across the Province of Quebec and will become one of the most anticipated fight in the province's history. I like both athletes but I really prefer Jean Pascal's style. I am wishing him the best of luck for this anticipated bout.

(Picture: Jean Pascal and Adrian Diaconu, Canadian Press.)


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The arrogant Gainey.

After the quick elimination of the Montreal Canadiens in four games, the Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey gave a press conference to talk about the past season and the future of his team.

Many press members were at the Bell centre to collect Gainey's impressions and to ask him a couple of questions regarding the past season and the future of the organization. There was some tension in the air as a couple of rumors indicated that Gainey would dismiss himself of the GM position.

But Bob Gainey has no intention of quitting. Forget the dismissal scenario that was expected by many. This question was asked in a poll done by a television station in the Province of Quebec earlier today and 74% of the people tought that Gainey would call it quits today.

Many fans are still angry about head coach Guy Carbonneau's firing. We could hear the ''Carbo, Carbo...'' chants at the Bell centre late into the third period of games three and four of the series. I am not saying that 74% of the fans wanted Gainey out but 74% of them expected him to resign today.

Forget it. The man isn't resigning. Au contraire, Bob is probably thinking he has done a ''pretty darn good job.'' Today's answers to the questions, his body language and his posture said so.

Pure arrogance, refusing to admit his failure.

When asked if he considers coming back behind the Canadiens' bench, Gainey answered that ''it is a possibility''. But also admitted that he wasn't ready to answer the same question 24 hours earlier and to tell all, he would need a couple of weeks to think about coming back as head coach for next season.

Hiding behind the fact that his own bosses will have to evaluate his work and decide of his future with the Habs, a rather confident (and even sometimes arrogant) Bob Gainey gave only a few new elements to the questions fired towards him.

The usual vague ''Gaineyesque'' answers to questions from the press (and the fans by the way!) about the future of Saku Koivu with the team. About the future of Alex Kovalev, Mike Komisarek, Alex Tanguay, Robert Lang and the others that I forgot to name here.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ryder's final nail on Bob Gainey's coffin.

Down 0-2 in the series, the Montreal Canadiens could not afford to lose game three at home against the Boston Bruins yesterday at the Bell centre.

Montreal started the game well and scored first this time. Christopher Higgins scored his second goal of the series.

But Boston had all the answers in this game. The Bruins scored late in the first period and took the lead early into the second. It took Yannick Weber's very first NHL goal to lift the spirits in the Bell centre. The game was tied at two after two.

But once again, Boston had all the answers. One of the many ex-canadiens playing around the league, Michael Ryder, scored the game-winner during the third period. Another 4-2 victory for the Boston Bruins who now leads the series by 3-0. Ryder's goal clearly marks the end of Bob Gainey's era as GM of the Canadiens.

Added with the rumors going around about new ownership of the franchise, we could have a brand new administration and many new faces come october 1st 2009.

(Picture: Canadian Press.)

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Must win situation.

The Montreal Canadiens are coming back home after playing the first two games of their first round series in Boston against the Boston Bruins.

The worse case scenario for Montreal was to come back in town being down 0-2 in the series. That it is exactly what happened.

At first, the Habs played a very competitive match Thursday but only to lose to the Bruins by the score of 4-2.

Yesterday for the second game of the series, Boston dominated a major portion of the game and chased goaltender Carey Price out of Montreal's net in a shining 5-1 victory. The only noticeable player for Montreal in this one was Alex Kovalev who scored the lone Canadiens goal and had a couple of glorious chances to score at least two more goals during the game.

The end of this second game was a rough one for Montreal. Jaroslav Halak had to finish the game in net in replacement of Price for the whole third period. Maxim Lapierre was also brutally attacked by Milan Lucic late into the game. Lucic gave Lapierre a taste of his lumber when he cross checked the Canadiens forward in the face.

Lucic was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for his actions and I think that a one-game suspension should be awarded to him by the NHL.

Once the dust has settled on those first two games of the series, the Canadiens' 100th season is now in nothing less than a must win situation. A loss in any of the next two games in Montreal and it will mark the final chapter of a horrible centennial season. The Habs must circle the wagons and fight with every bit of energy they have left to have a chance of defeating Boston and saving what's left of Bob Gainey's credibility.

(Picture: Getty Images.)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

(8) Montreal vs (1) Boston series preview.

Tomorrow evening the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins will collide once again during the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Both teams have developped an intense rivalry over the course of the past decades and this year's meeting will be no different. The passion should be re-ignited as soon as the puck will be dropped on the ice for the first game of this best of seven series.

Many specialists, analysts and fans are predicting a rather easy Boston win this year. The Bruins finished in first place of the Eastern conference while the struggling Montreal Canadiens managed to pick up the final spot of the spring dance.

But remember last year. The roles were completely different and Boston managed to push this series to it's very limit of seven games before being eliminated by the Canadiens. I expect a very intense and difficult battle between those two teams. Each games should be very exciting to watch and the series should go to six or seven games.

I really can't see how Boston could dominate to the point of ending this in four or five games. The key factor of this series should be goaltending. Can Tim Thomas finally put away his troubles and past failures and offer his team a solid performance during the full lenght of a series against the Habs? Or will Carey Price play like Carey Price can and steal the show? All of Boston's hopes will rely on how Timmy will handle the pressure.

This is why I expect a Montreal Canadiens win in six games. In my opinion, Tim Thomas will fail, fail, fail.


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Thursday, April 09, 2009

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(Picture: County of Webb bronze plaque.)

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Qualified for the playoffs.

Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins disputed a wild match. Both teams gave an intense effort in this one. Both teams skated hard, hitted hard, fought and almost clawed at each other.

A countless number of penalty minutes sparkled the second period as Boston took a three to one lead. With one more goal, the Bruins would have defeated the Canadiens at this point.

With their playoff berth on the line, the Canadiens worked even harder and scored three unanswered goals to take a four to three lead after two frames. The rookie Matt D'Agostini made his presence felt with two very important goals during the second period.

The stakes were high for the Canadiens and when the Bruins tied the game up early into the third frame, an alarm sounded on the Canadiens bench. More than ever their backs were against the wall and a goal was needed. The team continued to press Boston and got decent scoring chances. But goaltender Tim Thomas did everything in his power to keep the score tied at four at the end of regulation.

Mark Recchi scored the winning goal for Boston during the overtime period. But the ultimate task for Montreal was already achieved. The last point required to clinch a playoff berth was in the bank.

Final score: Boston Bruins 5 - Montreal Canadiens 4 (overtime)

(Picture: Canadian Press.)

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Canadiens lose an important match.

The Montreal Canadiens were at Madison Square Gardens yesterday to face the New York Rangers in an anticipated match up that could've unfolded some of the Eastern conference playoff race.

With only a handfull of games to play, a victory over the Rangers would've qualified the Canadiens into the playoffs. But the story on the ice was a lot different. Only a couple of players played well while the others looked like passengers.

In net, Henrik Lundqvist outplayed Carey Price by quite a margin. Only Mathieu Dandenault was able to beat the Rangers goaltender while Price looked awful on at least one of New York's goal.

Chris Drury scored twice to help the Rangers beat the Habs by the score of 3-1 and close the gap between the two teams to a single point in the standings. The Canadiens are still seventh, the Rangers are eight, only one point behind Montreal while the Florida Panthers, sitting in ninth place, are still three points behind Montreal.

The Canadiens will face the Boston Bruins thursday.

(Picture: Getty Images.)

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Impressive victory.

The Montreal Canadiens played one of their best game of the season yesterday in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After facing strong criticism from the press and the fans with the departure of Guy Carbonneau, Bob Gainey and the Canadiens rebounded with an important winning streak during the last two weeks. Yesterday's victory completed a perfect week for the team. Three games, three wins.

But back to yesterday's game, the Canadiens played one of their best game of the season at the Air Canada centre. Alex Kovalev scored a goal and collected three assists, the man-advantage struck three times and the Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopoulos line was once again red hot.

The only dark cloud over the Canadiens' head in this game was the loss to injury of defense mens Andrei Markov and Mathieu Schneider. Their case will be evaluated this week. Markov needed help to leave the ice after his head hit the boards.

With four games to play in the regular season, the team's situation looks a lot better as Montreal now has three points on the eight place New York Rangers. The Canadiens and the Rangers will face each other next week in an anticipated matchup.

(Picture: Guillaume Latendresse and Maxim Lapierre, Canadian Press.)

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Keeping the Panthers behind.

The Montreal Canadiens have won three of their last four games as they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by the score of 4-1 yesterday.

Montreal is still sitting on the eight place in the Eastern conference, one point ahead of the surging Florida Panthers. Montreal has one game in hand on Florida until the end of the season.

The race will probably end with the final game of the regular season. With the fans expectations, a eight place is a deception. Many specialists thought at the start of the season that the Canadiens would rank at the top of the conference.

Yesterday, Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price beated Christobal Huet who was playing at the Bell centre for the first time since moving away from Montreal in 2008. Price have played with a lot more consistency in his last three games.

(Picture: Carey Price, Getty Images.)


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