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Rangers-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)

The Montreal Canadiens lost the Eastern Conference finals to the New York Rangers last season, but Carey Price’s series ended in Game 1 after a collision with Chris Kreider. Price will be back between the pipes on Saturday night as the conference-leading Canadiens face Kreider and the Rangers for the first time since being ousted from the playoffs. Price was integral in getting Montreal to the East finals last season, going 8-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average through the first two rounds of the postseason. Price, who is 5-1-0 with a 2.96 GAA this season, isn’t dwelling on the incident with Kreider or losing the series to the Rangers.

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Senators, Habs and Leafs to stage co-ordinated tribute before Saturday games (The Canadian Press)

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will stage a co-ordinated tribute Saturday night to honour the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives this week in the nation’s capital and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

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Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview (The Associated Press)

After having to move past the Johnny Boychuk trade that occurred just four days before the season, the Boston Bruins have now learned they’ll spend an extended stretch without their top defenseman. The Toronto Maple Leafs, meanwhile, are happy just to get back on the ice. The visiting Bruins hope to continue the success they’ve had over the past three seasons against the rival Maple Leafs on Saturday night when they play their first game without injured All-Star Zdeno Chara. Boston (4-5-0) moved Boychuk in a trade to the New York Islanders on Oct. 4 for salary-cap reasons, leaving a hole in a unit that ranked second at 2.09 goals-against per game last season.

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National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) – Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The defenseman was injured in the first period of his team’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night. General manager Peter Chiarelli said surgery is not expected. “This is completely different, isolated from other ligaments that are more critical of the maneuvering of the knee,” Chiarelli said. “So the good news is it’s isolated to that. …

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NHL-National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

Oct 24 (The Sports Xchange) – Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks because of a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The defenseman was injured in the first period of his team’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night. General manager Peter Chiarelli said surgery is not expected. “This is completely different, isolated from other ligaments that are more critical of the maneuvering of the knee,” Chiarelli said. “So the good news is it’s isolated to that. …

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Senators, Canadiens, Leafs pay tribute to soldiers (The Associated Press)

The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will hold coordinated tributes Saturday night to honor the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during shootings this week. The tributes will be before games at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, the Bell Centre in Montreal and Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Senators said Friday the teams will show appreciation for the men and women whose actions stopped the attackers and aided victims.

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara to miss four to six weeks with torn knee ligament (The Canadian Press)

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history.

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Milestone man

BROSSARD – Evolving as an NHL coach since the start of the 21st century, Michel Therrien no longer counts the days spent at the arena on the eve of his 600th game behind the bench – an impressive feat for a coach who broke into the league as a 37-year-old.

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The Canadiens offer support to the fight against cancer

MONTREAL – As part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Program, the Montreal Canadiens have undertaken several initiatives in the to emphasize the courage of those living with cancer and raise awareness and funds for a cause that affects almost one out of two persons in Quebec. Every year the Montreal Canadiens team up with all NHL member clubs and the NHLPA and participate in this annual event to promote public awareness and raise funds for organizations involved in cancer care and research in North America.

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The Canadiens, Senators and Maple Leafs team up to pay tribute to the brave Canadian soldiers who lost their lives this past week

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MONTREAL – To honor the brave soldiers who lost their lives this past week in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, and to show appreciation for the men and women whose selfless actions stopped the attackers and aided the victims, the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will stage a coordinated tribute Saturday immediately preceding the 7 p.m. ET puck drops at their respective arenas.

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Notebook – October 23, 2014

BROSSARD – In today’s notebook, the Canadiens reflect on the tragedy that struck the nation’s capital, and players gather for some team bonding.

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Sparkplug on D

MONTREAL – Was Alexei Emelin deliberately trying to send Milan Lucic a message when he delivered a thundering open-ice hit on the Bruins power forward just 2:06 into the Canadiens’ home opener last Thursday night?

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Desharnais scores in OT to give Montreal 2-1 win (The Associated Press)

MONTREAL (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk is showing that he wants to establish himself as a top offensive player for the Montreal Canadiens.

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Ellis’ shootout goal leads Nashville over Arizona (The Associated Press)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Predators earned a rare shootout win.

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Power performer

MONTREAL – When Alex Galchenyuk is on his game, the chances of shutting him down are slim to none. The Red Wings learned that lesson the hard way on Tuesday night.

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Desharnais OT goal gives Canadiens 2-1 comeback win over Red Wings (The Canadian Press)

MONTREAL – Alex Galchenyuk is showing that he wants to establish himself as a top offensive player for the Montreal Canadiens.

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Pavel Datsyuk work of art ruined by NHL goalie interference rules (Video) (Puck Daddy)

Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Detroit Red Wings lineup on Tuesday night and did what Pavel Datsyuk does, which is score a ridiculous goal: Blazing speed into the Montreal Canadiens zone, a dangle to the middle, a spinning backhand perfectly placed past Carey Price.  Only it didn’t count. Nor should it have counted, as per the NHL’s goalie interference rules and the real-time enforcement of them, without benefit of review. Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings parked himself next to Price, his skate near the crease. Price moved into his hip, attempting to defend the shot. And the goal was disallowed because of that contact. Fox Sports Detroit announcers Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond went a little nuts, attempting to paint Price as the aggressor here. And he was, but it doesn’t matter, as the NHL rules state: “Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal.” Now, the Red Wings ended up losing this one, 2-1 in overtime, turning this disallowed goal into a rather significant one, because Detroit would have gone up 2-0. Instead, Alex Galchenyuk scored with 3:09 left and then Montreal won it in overtime. After the game, coach Mike Babcock joined the chorus of his announcers: “Abby ends up with his foot in the paint, but Price definitely initiates contact.” Again: Letter of the law, the refs called it right, because there’s no way of telling if Price sold the bump or if was impaired, as the play went on.  But if the question is whether the law should work like that, giving goalies yet another advantage per the rulebook while coaches have no recourse with a challenge during the game, well … it’s just too bad about that Datsyuk goal is all. 

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The Numbers Game – October 21, 2014

MONTREAL – Here’s a numerical look at Tuesday’s game between the Canadiens and the Red Wings at the Bell Centre.

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Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk ready to return from shoulder injury (The Canadian Press)

MONTREAL – Star forward Pavel Datsyuk has been cleared to play for the Detroit Red Wings against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night after missing the first five games of the NHL season with a shoulder injury.

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Game Preview: Red Wings @ Canadiens

RED WINGS (3-1-1) @ CANADIENS (5-1-0)

Looking for a sixth win in just seven games so far this season, the Habs could repeat the feat last achieved during the start of the 1977-78 season with a win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

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Leading man

MONTREAL – Winning draws is an art form few players have mastered, but Manny Malhotra is a part of that elite group.

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Red Wings-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)

Despite the absences of two of their top players, the Detroit Red Wings managed to sweep their first back-to-back set this season.

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What We Learned: An etiquette guide to throwing your NHL jersey in protest (Puck Daddy)

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NHL: 4 best stories from Saturday night (CBC)

Three Canadian teams were headed in the right direction, while the Toronto Maple Leafs sought revenge in the second half of a home-and-home series against the Red Wings in Detroit. Not much went right for the Maple Leafs at home to the Red Wings last night as they suffered a 4-1 setback. Jonathan Berniergot the start in goal for the Leafs and stopped 31 shots.

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NHL-Highlights of Saturday’s National Hockey League games (Reuters)

Oct 18 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Saturday’s National Hockey League games. – - – Penguins 3, Islanders 1 The Pittsburgh Penguins scored twice on the power play to beat the New York Islanders 3-1 and hand the visitors their first loss of the season. The Penguins (3-1-0) conceded the first goal but recovered to win for the eighth time in their last nine regular-season meetings with the Islanders. Sidney Crosby picked up the primary assist on Pittsburgh’s first goal, scored by Evgeni Malkin, giving him at least one point in nine of his last 10 games versus the Islanders. …

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Subban scores twice, Canadiens beat Avs 3-2 (The Associated Press)

MONTREAL (AP) — P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens spoiled Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard’s first NHL start.

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Taking control

MONTREAL – Michel Therrien’s troops couldn’t solve Calvin Pickard early on Saturday night, but P.K. Subban wasn’t about to let the rookie netminder leave La Belle Province with his first career NHL victory.

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Subban scores two as Canadiens down Avs 3-2 in Pickard’s first start (The Canadian Press)

MONTREAL – P.K. Subban was just as concerned with taking a penalty as he was in scoring a spectacular goal when he got out of the box.

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Subban scores two as Canadiens down Avs 3-2 in Pickard’s first start (The Canadian Press)

MONTREAL – P.K. Subban was just as concerned with taking a penalty as he was in scoring a spectacular goal when he got out of the box.

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Svedberg earns shutout in Bruins’ win over Sabres (The Associated Press)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season with their first shutout victory.

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The Numbers Game – October 18, 2014

MONTREAL – Here’s a numerical look at Saturday’s game between the Canadiens and the Avalanche at the Bell Centre.

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P.K. Subban scores highlight-reel goal (CBC)

P.K. Subban just reminded everyone why the Montreal Canadiens shelled out $72 million to keep him around for a while.  The Habs defender had just exited the penalty box and blew by Tyson Barrie to pick up the puck. Subban scored two goals, pacing the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over Colorado.

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P.K. Subban powers up out of penalty box, scores lovely goal (Video) (Puck Daddy)

The Colorado Avalanche had an opportunity to tie their game with the Montreal Canadiens late in the second period on the power play. It didn’t happen. And when the penalty expired Lars Eller dumped the puck off the boards and out of the zone, catching up with a racing P.K. Subban, who had just exited the box. It would end up being ten seconds Tyson Barrie would like to forget: Poor, lonely Tyson Barrie:

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National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has apologized for an obscene gesture he made toward fans as he entered the penalty box during Thursday’s game at the Montreal Canadiens. Lucic was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Friday. Lucic received a penalty late during the 6-4 loss. As he entered the penalty box, he made the gesture and then flexed his arms pretending to lift the Stanley Cup. “Obviously not proud of what I did there,” Lucic said on Saturday. “Just want to apologize to our organization for embarrassing the Bruins organization. …

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NHL-National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

Oct 18 (The Sports Xchange) – Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has apologized for an obscene gesture he made toward fans as he entered the penalty box during Thursday’s game at the Montreal Canadiens. Lucic was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Friday. Lucic received a penalty late during the 6-4 loss. As he entered the penalty box, he made the gesture and then flexed his arms pretending to lift the Stanley Cup. “Obviously not proud of what I did there,” Lucic said on Saturday. “Just want to apologize to our organization for embarrassing the Bruins organization. …

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Bruins’ Lucic apologizes for obscene gesture (The Associated Press)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Boston forward Milan Lucic apologized to the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens and their fans Saturday for making an obscene gesture Thursday night in Montreal.

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Game Preview : Avalanche @ Canadiens

AVALANCHE (1-3-1) @ CANADIENS (4-1-0)

The Canadiens will look to continue their impressive start to the season on Saturday night when the Colorado Avalanche stop by the Bell Centre.

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A winning combination

BROSSARD – It hasn’t taken the line of Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty long to pick up right where it left off last season.

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Avalanche-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)

Already mired in a lackluster start, the Colorado Avalanche might not have their top two goaltenders available in their next game.

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Pedaling for a cause

BROSSARD – Just because the regular season is underway doesn’t mean that the Canadiens have put any of their social or community involvement initiatives on hold.

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