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ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA | MONTREAL, QC. — We have been proud to be your trusted source for everything about the Montreal Canadiens for over 15 years. And we have been grateful for your loyalty and support! From our humble beginnings as a blog and then a digital magazine to a network of multimedia content, we have embraced change as an opportunity to grow. Our team of talented contributors is inspired by our connections in the hockey world and our relationship with our audience. At Rocket Sports, we are proud of the All Habs brand that we built since the 2007-08 season of the Montreal Canadiens. The team has had many changes in personnel in that time: players, coaches, general managers, and even owners. The way the game has been broadcast and reported has changed too. All Habs was a pioneer in the use of social media to communicate directly with fans. All Habs popularized the use of the #gohabsgo hashtag. We held regular hockey watch parties for social media users who wanted to get together in person. And we have helped hundreds of hockey fans enjoy their first experience at the NHL Entry Draft through our events. Over the years, more than 140 people have joined All Habs to share their hockey knowledge or to join our training program to gain sports writing experience. And many have used the valuable experience contributing to All Habs to launch their careers. We have enjoyed the luxury of both consulting with industry experts and communicating directly with fans to keep our product fresh, innovative and accurate. And it’s time to evolve once again.

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The Rocket Sports Media team is set to launch our latest venture: the Habs Hockey Report website. As of today, you can find us at: habshockeyreport.com Habs Hockey Report will publish the content that you have come to love: News, Habs Notebook, Game commentary and Feature articles. Weekly Video posts will continue to be found on our YouTube channel. And don’t forget about our very popular podcasts: Canadiens Connection and The Press Zone. As for All Habs, it has been placed in the care of the fine folks of a Quebec Media company who will take it in a new and exciting direction. So, we say ‘so long’ to an old friend as we welcome Habs Hockey Report to the Rocket Sports family! Thank you to each one of you for your support and loyalty! We are very grateful for our readers and listeners, many of whom have been with us since our humble beginnings. We welcome you to continue to follow our work at Rocket Sports Media as we change to meet your appetite for news, information and analysis about the Montreal Canadiens. Welcome Habs Hockey Report!

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Farrell Makes NHL Debut | RECAP: MTL @ PHI

GAME RECAP | Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers: Habs, Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-game, Interviews, NHL, Three-Stars

FINAL | Game 75, Away Game 39 | Tuesday March 28, 2023
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

CANADIENS

Montreal

2-3

Philadelphia Flyers logo

FLYERS

Philadelphia

Sean Farrell, Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Canadiens Lineup

Forward lines

Harvey-Pinard – Nick Suzuki – Mike Hoffman

Sean Farrell – Jonathan Drouin – Denis Gurianov

Jesse Ylonen – Jake Evans – Brendan Gallagher

Michael Pezzetta – Chris Tierney – Alex Belzile

Defence pairings

Mike Matheson – David Savard

Joel Edmundson – Justin Barron

Jordan Harris – Johnathan Kovacevic

Goaltenders

Cayden Primeau, Sam Montembeault 

Scratches

Rem Pitlick, Chris Wideman, Jake Allen

Injuries

Carey Price (knee), Paul Byron (hip), Sean Monahan (lower-body), Juraj Slafkovsky (lower-body), Cole Caufield (shoulder), Arber Xhekaj (upper-body), Joel Armia (illness), Christian Dvorak (lower-body), Kaiden Guhle (lower-body), Josh Anderson (lower-body), Kirby Dach  

Game Report

Game 75 of this long season was not an easy watch for Habs fans. If you happened to be on social media during the Canadiens visit to the Wells Fargo Center, “dull” and “boring” were common descriptions.

And that was true. It was a low-event, low-energy game with little to spark the interest of Flyers fans in the building. But there was two reasons for Habs fans to stay tuned.

It was the first NHL start of the season for Cayden Primeau. If a perfect game could be designed for Primeau to show his strengths, this was it. The 23-year-old was playing against a weak Flyers team in a building he was very familiar with and with family in attendance.

If fans only read the stats sheet, one could assume that Primeau fared well, giving up just two goals on 26 shots. But watching the young goaltender closely, it was clear that things could have been much worse if the Flyers mustered more than seven high danger scoring chances.

Primeau was scrambly in his play and his positioning in the net suffered. He was fortunate on numerous occasions that the Flyers were inept and should be appreciative of his team around him. Johnathan Kovacevic deserves a dinner for sweeping a puck off the goal line when it was misplayed by the goaltender.

The other reason to watch this game was to see the pro debut of Sean Farrell. The 21-year-old played well given that his only preparation with the team was a brief video session. Farrell showed second effort on the forecheck and was well-positioned in the defensive zone.

It will be enjoyable to watch his skill emerge as he gets more comfortable in the lineup during the Canadiens’ remaining games.

Up Next

The Canadiens return home to face the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. 

Cayden Primeau was assigned to the Laval Rocket following the game. 

Though it wasn’t in doubt, the Montreal Canadiens have been officially eliminated from the playoffs as of tonight’s results.  

Plus

▲  Brendan Gallagher, Jake Evans, Jesse Ylonen, Justin Barron

Minus

▼  Nick Suzuki, Mike Hoffman, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Jonathan Drouin, Denis Gurianov, Mike Matheson

Game Preview

Check out the game preview here: Primeau to Start | PREVIEW: MTL @ PHI

The Numbers

Game Statistics
CANADIENS   FLYERS
29 Shots 27
57 Face-off % 43
0-for-0 Power Play 0-for-2
4 Penalty Minutes 0
16 Hits 22
49 Corsi For 48
Scoring Summary
FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Canadiens (30-39-6) 0 1 1 2
Flyers (29-32-12) 0 1 2 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL:  Gallagher (7), Harvey-Pinard (13)
  • PHI: Frost (15), Frost (16), Tippett (22)
  • MTL: Primeau (L) (0-0-1)
  • PHI: Sandstrom (W) (2-10-2)

Stars of the Game

NHL Three Stars
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  1. Morgan Frost  PHI
  2. Felix Sandstrom  PHI
  3. Cam York  PHI

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Post-game Quotes

Marty St. Louis

  • “We didn’t want to give [Sean Farrell] too much (information). A little at a time. He had to go play.”

Sean Farrell

  • “Marty said to go out and play my game and we can fix some of my weaknesses later in the week so that’s what I tried to do.”
  • “I’m going to take it day-by-day and try to get better. It was good to get my feet wet tonight but I can definitely play a lot better.”

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Primeau to Start | PREVIEW: MTL @ PHI

GAME DAY PREVIEW | Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers: Preview, TV, Start Time, Statistical Match-up, Projected Lines, Starting Goalies, Keys to Victory, Habs Tickets

Game Preview 

A Look Back

Jordan Harris opened the scoring 1:22 into the game, picking up his own rebound. Lukas Rousek of Buffalo, scored his first NHL goal in his debut on his first shift. Brendan Gallagher was able to find net to secure his 200th NHL goal and tie the game sending the match to overtime. Ultimately the game ended with a shoot-out where one of the most unlikely players, Michael Pezzetta netted the winner, roofing it on Eric Comrie. Last game: MTL 4  BUF 3  F/SO For a complete game recap: (see video highlights below)

Players to Watch

  • Jordan Harris Since his return from injury, the 22-year-old Harris has been nothing short of amazing. He’s contributed a goal and an assist in the last two games and has posted an impressive plus-4 rating. Harris has been quintessential for the line-up, and will be looking to close out the season strong.
  • Brendan Gallagher The Albertan native has struggled immensely with injuries this season only playing 28 games out of the 74 games, however, since his return on March 21st, he has been able to contribute to the stat sheet, scoring three points (2G-1A) in the last four games.
  • Jesse Ylonen The 6-foot American product has caught fire at the end of the regular season.In the previous six games Ylönen has managed to scrounge together six points (4G-2A), and has been a large reason for the clubs success. Ylonen scored in a pressure situation in the shootout to keep the Habs hopes alive last night. He’ll be looking for a permanent spot on the team next season so it’s expected we’ll see a full effort from the Arizona native to close out the season.
  • Cayden Primeau Primeau will be making his first start of the season for the Canadiens in a place he considers home. Primeau’s only NHL action this season came in a mop up role on January 19th after Sam Montembeault gave up six goals in a tough start against the Florida Panthers.

Keys to Victory

  • Conserve energy Coming off a back-to-back after a long night in Buffalo, the Canadiens will be fatigued. Keeping shifts short and managing ice-time will be key to finding a win in Philadelphia.
  • Shoot your shot After Monday night, it’s first time in months since the Canadiens have found over 40 shots. The last time they did was on November 17th (56 games ago), when they played the Columbus Blue Jackets. Taking shots will generate opportunities for the team which was displayed versus the Sabres.
  • Get offence from defence The Canadiens have faired well when they get production from the back-end, continuing the defensive dominance will attribute to a victory.
Statistical Matchup for Game 75
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA | March 28, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, ESPN+, NBCSP
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2022-23  statistics

FLYERS CANADIENS
68 (26th) Points (rank) 66 (28th)
28-32-12 Record 30-38-6
W3 Streak W2
5-4-1 Last 10 4-5-1
2.68 (30th) GF/G (rank) 2.84 (26th)
3.26 (21st) GA/G (rank) 3.66 (28th)
15.6 (32nd) PP% (rank) 17.1 (28th)
74.9 (27th) PK% (rank) 73.2 (29th)
45.6  Faceoff % 48.6
Pre-game 
Michael Pezzetta on his shootout celebration
  • “I wanted to pay tribute to ‘Tiger’ Williams. I also thought that I might never have this chance again. It was maybe a little too much, but I found it funny. I will keep this in my memories for a long time.”
Projected Forwards, Defense and Goaltenders (subject to change)
Forwards
Farabee – Cates – Tippett van Riemsdyk – Hayes – Bellows Lemieux – Frost – Allison Deslauriers – Laughton Harvey-Pinard – Suzuki – Hoffman Drouin – Dach – Gurianov Ylonen – Evans – Gallagher Pezzetta – Belzile – Farrell
Defensemen
Provorov – York Sanheim – Ristolainen Seeler – DeAngelo – Braun Matheson – Savard Edmundson – Barron Harris – Kovacevic
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Laczynski Injured: Couturier, Konecny, Hart Scratched: Wideman, Pitlick, , Tierney, Allen Injured: Byron (hip), Price (knee), Monahan (lower-body), Slafkovsky (lower-body), Caufield (shoulder), Xhekaj (upper-body), Armia (illness), Dvorak (lower-body), Guhle (lower-body), Anderson (lower-body)
Goalies
Felix Sandstrom Cayden Primeau
Record: 1-10-2 GAA: 3.49 Sv%: .884 SO: 0 Alternate: Samuel Ersson Record: 0-0-0 GAA: 3.00 Sv%: .857 SO: 0 Alternate: Sam Montembeault
 Game Expectations
It’s anticipated to be an aggressive matchup.  With both teams struggling this season, they have absolutely nothing to lose and will be looking to gain a moral victory.  The Habs have the Flyers number this year, so far winning both matches and will be looking to put the Flyers to rest in their third and final meet-up.

Bottom Line

The injury report has improved with a few names back in the line-up. This will aid the Habs moving forward to finish off the season on a more positive note.
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Habs in Buffalo | PREVIEW: MTL @ BUF

GAME DAY PREVIEW | Montreal Canadiens vs Buffalo Sabres: Preview, TV, Start Time, Statistical Match-up, Projected Lines, Starting Goalies, Keys to Victory, Habs Tickets

Game Preview 

A Look Back

It was an explosive second period for the Habs that saw Raphael Harvery-Pinard or ‘Hatty-Pinard’ score his first NHL hat trick and Nick Suzuki have his first four point game. It was a ‘feel good’ win for the Habs who have been playing some competitive hockey but not getting the bounces. The Habs did exactly what they were supposed to and took advantage of a tired Blue Jackets team that was on the second night of a back-to-back. Last game: MTL 8  CBJ 2  F For a complete game recap: ‘A Good Show’ | RECAP: CBJ @ MTL

Players to Watch

  • Raphael Harvey-Pinard The rookie forward cannot stop scoring for the Habs. Many thought there was no way he could continue his scoring trend but he answered that with scoring his first hat trick. It’s a great story that should give him a ton of confidence this off-season that hopefully motivates him to elevate his game to another level next season.
  • Mike Matheson An injury plagued season that took awhile for Matheson to find his game is ending on great note as he two points away from a career high.
  • Sean Farrell When will Sean Farrell make his debut? Farrell recently finished his NCAA career and signed with the Habs and has joined them on the road trip. Farrell is a highly skilled play maker that had 53 points in 34 games for Harvard this season.

Keys to Victory

  • Be consistent The Habs have been playing some competitive hockey lately but seem to have a few games that are huge let downs. Being consistent on a nightly basis are what separate the bad, the good and the great teams. Right now the Habs aren’t being consistent enough and that is why they find themselves at the bottom of the standings.
  • Skate hard A big part of last game’s win was the Habs were skating and didn’t stop. When players are moving and use their skating to their strength it’s easy to take over games like last game. Habs need to continue to skate tonight.
  • Win special teams This isn’t the same Buffalo Sabres team from past years. The Sabres are now a high offensive team with skilled players at several positions and are very dangerous on the power play.
Statistical Matchup for Game 74
KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY | March 27, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SNE, SNP, RDS, ESPN+, MSG-B

2022-23  statistics

SABRES CANADIENS
76 (20th) Points (rank) 64 (28th)
35-31-6 Record 29-38-6
W2 Streak W1
3-5-2 Last 10 3-5-2
3.57 (3rd) GF/G (rank) 2.84 (26th)
3.68 (29th) GA/G (rank) 3.67 (28th)
24.3 (6th) PP% (rank) 17.3 (28th)
72.4 (31st) PK% (rank) 73.1 (29th)
45.1  Faceoff % 48.6
Pre-game 
Sean Farrell
  • The newly-signed Farrell will have to wait to make his pro debut. He will not be in the lineup against the Sabres. The Canadiens announced that he has been assigned sweater number 57.
Projected Forwards, Defense and Goaltenders (subject to change)
Forwards
Skinner – Thompson (GTD) – Tuch Quinn – Cozens – Peterka Mittelstadt – Jost – Olofsson Girgensons – Krebs – Okposo Harvey-Pinard – Suzuki – Hoffman Drouin – Dach – Gurianov Ylonen – Evans – Gallagher Pezzetta – Tierney – Belzile
Defensemen
Dahlin – Jokiharju Power – Lyubushkin Stillman – Bryson Matheson – Savard Edmundson – Barron Harris – Kovacevic
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Clague, Anderson, Levi, Hinostroza, Rousek Injured: Samuelsson, Greenway Scratched: Wideman, Pitlick, Farrell Injured: Byron (hip), Price (knee), Monahan (lower-body), Slafkovsky (lower-body), Caufield (shoulder), Xhekaj (upper-body), Armia (illness), Dvorak (lower-body), Guhle (lower-body), Anderson (lower-body)
Goalies
Eric Comrie Jake Allen
Record: 9-9-0 GAA: 3.72 Sv%: .882 SO: 1 Alternate: Ukko-Pekka Luukonen Record: 14-24-3 GAA: 3.57 Sv%: .891 SO: 1 Alternate: Sam Montembeault
 Game Expectations
The Sabres are on the outside looking into the final wildcard spot and it’s not going to be easy for them. This is a game they need to win in order to secure that final spot and will be very motivated to do so. The Habs on the other hand need to just continue to play competitive hockey and not worry about the result of the game. Fans have been happy recently seeing a team staying in games and making it interesting until the final minutes.

Bottom Line

There should be plenty of Habs fans in attendance as Buffalo gets many Habs fans, the team needs to give them something to cheer about.
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Farrell Joins Canadiens | Habs Notepad

Habs News: NHL, Montreal Canadiens, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Sean Farrell, Laval Rocket, Trois-Rivieres Lions

Sean Farrell, Montreal Canadiens (Photo by TVA Sports)
ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA | LAVAL, QC. — The Montreal Canadiens hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The score was tied 2-2 through 20 minutes before Montreal took over the contest by adding six goals in the final two periods and easily won 8-2. “It’s fun to have games like this. Everyone was part of the recipe. The feeling you get during the game as you separate from the opponents, it’s a feeling that you earn and not something that is handed to you,” coach Martin St. Louis said. “I feel like we’ve been playing good hockey and haven’t been rewarded in the goal department and it’s nice to get that,” added captain Nick Suzuki after his four-point performance. “We were fortunate to see some pucks going to the back of the net. We saw some smiles on the bench. I think everyone’s feeling pretty good, pretty comfortable with their game and hopefully it carries to the next one,” forward Brendan Gallagher said. The team had an optional practice on Sunday with 12 players deciding to hit the ice. Joel Armia skated on his own following his teammates. The Canadiens play back-to-back games starting in Buffalo on Monday and in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Harvey-Pinard Seizing Opportunity

Rafael Harvey-Pinard stole the show on Saturday by recording his first career NHL hat trick. The forward scored all three goals in the second period and became the first franchise rookie to record a hat trick in one period since Dick Gamble on March 2nd, 1952.

The Bell Centre fans gave the Saguenay native a loud ovation after his third of the night. “It was an incredible moment. I had chills hearing the Bell Centre [fans]. It was so loud. I dreamed of this moment often when I was a kid so I soaked it all in.” Harvey-Pinard has 12 goals and 17 points in 29 games, averaging 17:10 of ice time and primarily being deployed with Suzuki on the top line. “I have a good opportunity with a lot of ice time and playing with two excellent players. I’m also being used in all situations and that helps with the confidence.” The 24-year old’s two year entry-level contract is expiring at the end of the season making him a restricted free agent. He has put up a good case for his next contract to be one-way but he will remain waiver exempt next season. “It’s a dream for me to be here and sometimes I have trouble to realize it. Right now it’s reality so I have to perform every game.” St. Louis praises the rookie’s work ethic, compete level, and his engagement on both sides of the ice. Those qualities allow the coach to trust Harvey-Pinard with important responsibilities. “His stick details, defensive positioning, blocking shots, all the little things that coaches love he does, so it’s pretty easy to put him out there,” listed Suzuki.

Farrell Signs Contract

The Canadiens announced on Sunday that they signed Sean Farrell to a three-year entry level contract starting this season. The deal has an average annual value of $1,158,333 against the salary cap.

Farrell’s NCAA season came to an end on Friday when the Harvard Crimson lost 8-1 against the Ohio State Buckeyes. In 34 games this season, the forward scored 20 times and totaled 53 points. The 21-year-old is joining the team in Buffalo, but it is not known if he will be in uniform to make his NHL debut. Jordan Harris made the jump last year from the NCAA to the NHL and faced Farrell at the university level. “A great player and a great kid. The nicest kid that there is. As a player, he’s incredibly smart, shifty, a good playmaker. I don’t think he gets enough credit for his shot and scoring ability.” Harris played 10 games last season following his transition from Northeastern University and he felt that it helped him prepare for this season. “The games from the end of the season helped so much because it shows you what you want to work on in the summer going into your first year. You get an idea of the systems, the style of play and over the summer you come up with drills that will make that transition easier.

Rocket Win on Road

The Laval Rocket hosted the Milwaukee Admirals at Place Bell on Friday. The score was tied after one period, and then the Rocket outshot their opponents 35-11 in the final 40 minutes but still ended on the losing side of the 3-2 match “We had 45 shots. We tried our best. Maybe we should of had 70 shots. Maybe that would have helped. The effort was there. I think their goalie was the difference,” coach Jean-Francois Houle said. Jayden Struble was dressed for his first game as a professional and was happy with his performance. “I thought everything went pretty well. I thought I played alright. It was a good first one to just get my feet under me.” The 21-year old was impressed by the crowd at Place Bell. “It’s sick. It’s cool. Just the atmosphere, looking up and seeing a packed crowd, it’s definitely different than what I’ve been accustomed to.” Laval began a four-game road trip on Sunday against the Manitoba Moose. A 2-0 lead through 40 minutes was sufficient for the Rocket as they headed to 4-1 victory. “It was a crucial win. I think we put them to the sleep in an afternoon game. It was sloppy for both teams but we found a way to score important goals and come out with the victory,” Houle told BPM Sports.
The Rocket continue their road trip on Tuesday against the Manitoba Moose.

Lions Staying Alive

The Trois-Rivieres Lions hosted the Norfolk Admirals for a pair of games over the weekend. On Friday, the Lions took a 3-0 lead in the first period and added two goals in the third period for the 5-0 victory. “We were extraordinary in the first period, but in the second the momentum changed sides. We came back strong in the third period,” coach and general manager Marc-Andre Bergeron said. Joe Vrbetic recorded his first career shutout as a pro in Friday’s victory. He made 25 saves in the second period alone and was named the first star of the night. On Saturday, the Admirals had a 3-0 lead midway through the second period when the Lions answered back with three goals to tie the game and force overtime. Norfolk scored the winning goal in the final minute of overtime and collect the two points. “I’m proud of the guys’ commitment. This is a priority at the end of the season. We are professionals and we don’t play hockey for fun. There is a pride. The organization is obviously not satisfied with the season. We would not accept the guys giving up,” Bergeron said. The Lions playoff chances are hanging on a thread and can end as soon as Wednesday when the face the Railers in Worcester. A loss against the Railers will eliminate the Lions from clinching a playoff spot.
(Quotes courtesy of Le Nouvelliste)

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‘A Good Show’ | RECAP: CBJ @ MTL

GAME RECAP | Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Habs, Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-game, Interviews, NHL, Three-Stars

FINAL | Game 73, Home Game 36 | Saturday March 25, 2023
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC

CANADIENS

Montreal

8-2

BLUE JACKETS

Columbus

Rafael Harvey-Pinard (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

Canadiens Lineup

Forward lines

Harvey-Pinard – Nick Suzuki – Mike Hoffman

Jonathan Drouin – Kirby Dach – Denis Gurianov

Jesse Ylonen – Jake Evans – Brendan Gallagher

Michael Pezzetta – Chris Tierney – Alex Belzile

Defence pairings

Mike Matheson – David Savard

Joel Edmundson – Justin Barron

Jordan Harris – Johnathan Kovacevic

Goaltenders

Sam Montembeault – Jake Allen

Scratches

Rem Pitlick, Chris Wideman

Injuries

Carey Price (knee), Paul Byron (hip), Sean Monahan (lower-body), Juraj Slafkovsky (lower-body), Cole Caufield (shoulder), Arber Xhekaj (upper-body), Joel Armia (illness), Christian Dvorak (lower-body), Kaiden Guhle (lower-body), Josh Anderson (lower-body)

Game Report

This game had some of the hallmarks of a pre-season affair. Patchwork lineups, sprinkled with AHL talent with names like Fix-Wolansky and Belzile, for both sides ensured that the game result would be rather unpredictable.

It was a sloppy start with each team taking advantage of opposition mistakes. The Canadiens scored twice in the first period benefiting from elite shots from the sticks of Mike Hoffman and Jesse Ylonen. The Blue Jackets were able to tie the score after blunders by Joel Edmundson and Sam Montembeault.

But the second period was a completely different story. Playing a back-to-back after an overtime game on Friday, Columbus lost the legs looking quite fatigued. The Canadiens used their speed to score four unanswered goals in the middle frame, three by Rafael Harvey-Pinard.

It was the first NHL hat-trick for the 24-year-old and he accomplished it in a single period.

The Canadiens added two more goals in the third period much to the delight of the Bell Centre fans. It was a party-like atmosphere as the wave circled the building numerous times. Nick Suzuki marked the occasion with the first four-point night of his career.

As the head coach said, the Canadiens “put on a good show tonight.”

Up Next

The Canadiens head to Buffalo to face the Sabres on Monday night. 

Plus

▲  Nick Suzuki, Mike Hoffman, Brendan Gallagher, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Mike Matheson, Jesse Ylonen, Johnathan Kovacevic, Jordan Harris

Minus

▼  Jonathan Drouin, Denis Gurianov, Joel Edmundson

Game Preview

Check out the game preview here: Harris is Back | PREVIEW: CBJ @ MTL

The Numbers

Game Statistics
CANADIENS   BLUE JACKETS
32 Shots 23
38 Face-off % 62
1-for-3 Power Play 0-for-4
8 Penalty Minutes 6
13 Hits 18
53 Corsi For 32
Scoring Summary
FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Canadiens (29-38-6) 2 4 2 8
Blue Jackets (23-42-7) 2 0 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Hoffman (13), Ylonen (6), Harvey-Pinard (10), Harvey-Pinard (11), Gallagher (5), Harvey-Pinard (12)-PPG, Belzile (5), Suzuki (23)
  • CBJ: Pederson (3), Marchenko (19)
  • MTL: Montembeault (W) (15-14-3)
  • CBJ: Merzlikins (L) (7-18-2), Hutchinson

Stars of the Game

NHL Three Stars
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  1. Rafael Harvey-Pinard  MTL
  2. Nick Suzuki  MTL
  3. Mike Hoffman  MTL

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Post-game Quotes

Marty St. Louis

  • “We put on a good show tonight. Our fans deserve this.”

Rafael Harvey-Pinard

  • “It’s an incredible moment. I had chills to hear the Bell Center. It was so loud. I often dreamed of this moment when I was young.”
  • “It’s a dream for me to be here and I still have a hard time resisting it. Right now it’s my reality and I have to be able to perform game after game. I’m happy to be here and I’m making the most of it.”

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Harris is Back | PREVIEW: CBJ @ MTL

GAME DAY PREVIEW | Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets: Preview, TV, Start Time, Statistical Match-up, Projected Lines, Starting Goalies, Keys to Victory, Habs Tickets

Game Preview 

A Look Back

It was a spirited bout between these two divisional rivals with the last place Eastern Atlantic Canadiens taking on the big bad Bruins. Boston opened the scoring 4:34 into the match and followed up with another late in the first. Mike Hoffman took a brutal cross-check from A.J Greer that allowed the Habs to pot a power play goal. In rare fashion, the Canadiens found another power play goal in the second to give them a chance but were ultimately shut down in the third. Last game: MTL 2  BOS 4  F For a complete game recap: Rivalry Renewed | RECAP: MTL @ BOS

Players to Watch

  • David Savard The Quebec native has been a big part of the back end being a blocking machine sitting seventh in the league with 167 total. Savard has managed to scrounge together three assists in the last six games but had a tough showing against the Bruins Thursday night. He’ll be looking to bounce back.
  • Nick Suzuki The 23-year-old captain has caught fire in the last stretch of the regular season. He’s got six points in the last three games (1G-5A) and will be looking to close out the tough year on a positive note.
  • Denis Gurianov The Russian winger continues to hit the stat sheet. There’s no guessing where Gurianov will end up in the off-season but seven points in eight games (4G-3A) is hard to overlook. The former first rounder looks to be finding his rhythm at times with a young Canadiens squad.

Keys to Victory

  • Fill the net The Blue Jackets are 31st in the league for giving up an average of 3.89 goals a game. The Habs have had some success with plugging the net, putting pucks on net should be a primary focus.
  • Stay disciplined After 39 minutes of penalties taken in total against the Bruins, the team will be looking to tone down the excessive energy and play a more disciplined match.
  • Win the power-play After some powerplay success against the Bruins, they should hone in on the man-advantage and look to apply pressure when given the opportunity.
Statistical Matchup for Game 73
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | March 25, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SNE, CITY, TVAS, ESPN+, BSOH

2022-23  statistics

BLUE JACKETS CANADIENS
53 (31st) Points (rank) 62 (28th)
23-41-7 Record 28-38-6
W2 Streak L1
3-6-1 Last 10 2-6-2
2.72 (29th) GF/G (rank) 2.76 (27th)
3.89 (31st) GA/G (rank) 3.69 (28th)
19.7 (22nd) PP% (rank) 17.1 (28th)
76.0 (22nd) PK% (rank) 72.7 (29th)
48.2  Faceoff % 48.8
Pre-game quote
Mike Hoffman
  • “I would have expected something more severe as a suspension. It’s just one of the most vicious and dangerous moves you can make in this league.”
Projected Forwards, Defense and Goaltenders (subject to change)
Forwards
Gaudreau – Jenner – Marchenko Foudy – Roslovic – Johnson Robinson – Kuraly – Fix-Wolansky Pederson – McKown – Bemstrom Harvey-Pinard – Suzuki – Hoffman Drouin – Dach – Gurianov Ylonen – Evans – Gallagher Pezzetta – Tierney – Belzile
Defensemen
Boqvist – Blankenburg Berni – Peeke Bayreuther – Christiansen Matheson – Savard Edmundson – Barron Harris – Kovacevic
Out of the lineup
Scratched: none Injured: Danforth, Laine, Olivier, Gudbranson Scratched: Wideman, Pitlick Injured: Byron (hip), Price (knee), Monahan (lower-body), Slafkovsky (lower-body), Caufield (shoulder), Xhekaj (upper-body), Armia (illness), Dvorak (lower-body), Guhle (lower-body), Anderson (lower-body)
Goalies
Elvis Merzlikins Sam Montembeault
Record: 7-17-2 GAA: 4.09 Sv%: .880 SO: 0 Alternate: Michael Hutchinson Record: 14-14-3 GAA: 3.32 Sv%: .905 SO: 0 Alternate: Jake Allen
 Game Expectations
The Habs have been able to hang with the best in the league, they certainly shouldn’t overlook a Columbus team filled with talent, but they shouldn’t have any issues putting up a solid effort.

Bottom Line

It’s a battle for the basement, however, both teams will be putting their best effort on the ice despite what is on the line this draft class.
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Fans Demand Answers | Canadiens Connection ep 236

Canadiens Connection, Podcast, Rocket Sports Radio, episode 236 | Habs, Montreal, NHL, Kirby Dach, Jonathan Drouin, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Sean Monahan, Lane Hutson Jayden Struble, Sean Farrell

Kirby Dach, Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Getty Images)

ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA | MONTREAL, QC. — Welcome to the Canadiens Connection via Rocket Sports Radio. This engaging podcast featured on All Habs Hockey Magazine connects Habs fans with their beloved team from a plugged-in source they know and trust.

This Week’s Show: Habs Fans Demand Answers

S1 | Week in Review, Habs News, League News

  • Injury news regarding Kaiden Guhle and Josh Anderson. Kirby Dach, Brendan Gallagher, Jordan Harris and Jake Evans returned to the lineup.
  • The Canadiens assigned forward Emil Heineman to the Laval Rocket.
  • Sean Farrell signing watch is on as his NCAA season is over. Jayden Struble made his pro debut for Laval.
  • Be sure to read the content at AHL.report and check out The Press Zone – Montreal.
  • NHLPA released their annual player survey. NHL Department of Player Safety suspended  A.J. Greer; Mike Hoffman responded.

S2 | BIG Topic – Rocket Sports Mailbag: Dach, Drouin, Dubois + more

  • It’s the Spring edition of the Rocket Sports mailbag! We are always happy to hear from our Canadiens Connection listeners. The Habs may have less than 10 games remaining in the season but our listeners a lot on your minds this month.
  • We respond to questions on Kirby Dach, Kent Hughes, Jonathan Drouin, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Sean Monahan, Lane Hutson and more!

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  • Canadiens upcoming events.
  • Canadiens Connection question of the week: Why should the Canadiens sign Sean Monahan to a short-term contract? Or not?
  • Listener’s texts and emails.

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Rivalry Renewed | RECAP: MTL @ BOS

GAME RECAP | Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins: Habs, Line-up, Score, Statistics, Highlights, Post-game, Interviews, NHL, Three-Stars

FINAL | Game 72, Away Game 37 | Thursday March 23, 2023
TD Garden, Boston, MA

CANADIENS

Montreal

2-4

Boston Bruins logo

BRUINS

Boston

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Canadiens Lineup

Forward lines

Harvey-Pinard – Nick Suzuki – Mike Hoffman

Jonathan Drouin – Kirby Dach – Denis Gurianov

Rem Pitlick – Jake Evans – Brendan Gallagher

Michael Pezzetta – Chris Tierney – Alex Belzile

Defence pairings

Mike Matheson – David Savard

Joel Edmundson – Justin Barron

Johnathan Kovacevic – Chris Wideman

Goaltenders

Jake Allen – Sam Montembeault

Scratches

none

Injuries

Carey Price (knee), Paul Byron (hip), Sean Monahan (lower-body), Juraj Slafkovsky (lower-body), Cole Caufield (shoulder), Arber Xhekaj (upper-body), Joel Armia (illness), Christian Dvorak (lower-body), Jordan Harris (lower-body), Kaiden Guhle (lower-body), Jesse Ylonen (illness), Josh Anderson (lower-body)

Game Report

The Canadiens continue to get players back from the infirmary. Tonight Jake Evans was centering the third line after missing 28 games with a lower-body injury. Evans played 12 minutes of ice time including 2:52 on the penalty-kill.

Montreal clearly won the special teams battle scoring twice on the power play with goals from Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach. What’s most impressive is that the Bruins penalty killers are ranked number one in the league.

Yet it was the Canadiens 31st-ranked penalty killers who nullified five Bruins power plays. 

Boston got all of their scoring done at regular strength including David Pastrnak getting close to the 50-mark. 

It was a spirited game quite in tune with the Montreal – Boston rivalry. Numerous minor penalties, a major, a game misconduct and a possible suspension were all part of tonight’s clash.

The Canadiens and Bruins will meet again on April 13th for the final game of the regular season for both teams.

Up Next

From playing the best team in the league, the Canadiens head home to face the worst team in the league. The Columbus Blue Jackets will be at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

After the game, the Canadiens announced that Josh Anderson will miss the remainder of the season due to a high ankle sprain.

Plus

▲  Kirby Dach, Nick Suzuki, Jake Evans, Justin Barron

Minus

▼  David Savard, Joel Edmundson, Chris Tierney, Rem Pitlick, Alex Belzile, Jonathan Drouin, Chris Wideman, Michael Pezzetta, Brendan Gallagher

Game Preview

Check out the game preview here: Evans Returns to the Lineup | PREVIEW: MTL @ BOS

The Numbers

Game Statistics
CANADIENS   BRUINS
31 Shots 21
48 Face-off % 52
2-for-5 Power Play 0-for-5
14 Penalty Minutes 25
28 Hits 26
45 Corsi For 27
Scoring Summary
FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Canadiens (28-38-6) 1 1 0 2
Bruins (55-11-5) 2 1 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Suzuki (22)-PPG, Dach (14)-PPG
  • BOS: Bertuzzi (5), DeBrusk (24), Pastrnak (49), Krejci (16) 
  • MTL: Allen (L) (14-24-3)
  • BOS: Swayman (W) (19-6-4)

Stars of the Game

NHL Three Stars
NHL3stars
  1. Tyler Bertuzzi  BOS
  2. Jeremy Swayman  BOS
  3. David Pastrnak  BOS

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What Did They Say?

Post-game Quotes

Marty St. Louis

  • “I’m proud of the group. Physically and mentally, we were connected. Guys play like warriors, even in a context where we won’t go to the playoffs. This is how we will grow as a team, by the end of the season.”

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery

  • “You gotta give credit to those guys. We find ways to win hockey games.”

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Habs Hockey Report: Are NHL Changes Coming? | VIDEO

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MONTREAL, QC — If you’ve been looking for a place to get an inside look at the latest Montreal Canadiens and Laval Rocket news, show off your favourite fan gear, AND get answers to your hockey questions – you’ve come to the right place! Hosted by Amy Johnson, lead correspondent at the AHL Report, Habs Hockey Report is a new weekly video column giving you a measured view of the Habs and getting you up close with their top prospects and AHL affiliate. Every Thursday you’ll find:
    • insight about the Canadiens and the Laval Rocket,
    • exclusive one-on-one interviews with prospects and other personnel,
    • and plenty of fan interaction!
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On this week’s episode, Amy reviews five hot topics that came out of this year’s annual GM meetings in Florida. Will overtime be expanded? Will the league crack down on certain fights? What about adding more coach’s challenges? All of these things were discussed by Gary Bettman and 32 team executives last week and Amy’s got thoughts on them all! Watch the full video below, then be sure to subscribe to the All Habs Hockey Magazine YouTube channel. Want more Canadiens content? Check out the links below and bookmark AllHabs.net for in-depth Montreal Canadiens coverage.

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