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Devils might wish to bring back Brian Gionta | 04/19/2014 11:33 AM
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If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.
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Lamoriello said despite the organization's reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta's younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear.
Brendan Gallagher scores in Game 2 win | 04/19/2014 10:24 AM
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Brendan Gallagher scored his first goal of the postseason in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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He also picked up an assist in Game 1 to give him two points in two playoff games. Gallagher had two markers in five postseason contests with the Canadiens last year.
Canadiens end PP drought in Friday's win | 04/19/2014 10:20 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens finally ended their power-play drought in Friday's playoff win over Tampa Bay.
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David Desharnais tipped a point shot by P.K. Subban to get Montreal's first goal with the man advantage in 10 games. The Canadiens had a skid of 0-for-27 going before Desharnais' score.
Carey Price backstops Habs to 2-0 series lead | 04/18/2014 10:02 PM
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Carey Price's shutout bid was spoiled with under two minutes remaining in Game 2, but the star goaltender still got the all important victory in Friday night's battle with the Lightning.
Rotoworld.com

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Price made 26 saves on 27 shots and was much better than he was during Wednesday night's Game 1, where he allowed four goals and made 21 saves in the wild overtime victory. A strong team performance suffocated the Bolts' offense, and put the series momentum squarely in the hands of the Canadiens. Price improves his mediocre career playoff record to 11 wins and 17 losses.
Rene Bourque's pair pushes Habs past Bolts | 04/18/2014 9:43 PM
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Rene Bourque drove the Canadiens past the Lightning in Game 2 on Friday night, scoring two goals in the Habs' 4-1 victory in Tampa Bay.
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Bourque's first goal is making the rounds on the highlight reels, as the veteran split the Bolts' defense and poked the puck past a sprawling Anders Lindback. That goal stood as the game-winner, while Bourque's second marker increased the Habs' lead to 3-0 and essentially putting the game out of reach in the third period for the hometown Lightning.
David Desharnais scores in Habs' Game 2 win | 04/18/2014 9:41 PM
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David Desharnais tipped home his first goal of the playoffs, one-timing a P.K. Subban slap pass on the power play during a 4-1 Habs win over Tampa on Friday night.
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Desharnais helped Montreal take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as a result of Friday's victory. The 27 year-old also came out as a +1 during the game with two penalty minutes in 15:31 of ice time.
Vanek-Desharnais-Pac line dominant | 04/18/2014 10:58 AM
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The line of Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty was dominant in Game 1 against Tampa.
Montreal Gazette

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This unit combined to take an impressive 17 shots on goal in the 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night and were responsible for the overtime winner scored by Vanek. If the Lighting hope to tie the series Friday, they are going to have to find a way to slow down the Vanek-Desharnais-Pacioretty line.
Price aims for better game Friday | 04/18/2014 10:50 AM
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Carey Price expects that he and his team will play better Friday than they did in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win in Game 1.
Montreal Gazette

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The team played a shaky defensive game in front of Price and the Habs' goalie also was not at his best, although he did stop all nine shots he faced in the overtime. "We had some breakdowns and we're going to work to correct that," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. Look for Game 2 to be a much tighter defensive game.
Moen practices but won't play Friday | 04/18/2014 10:43 AM
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Travis Moen practised with his Canadien teammates for the second day in a row Thursday but won't play Friday against Tampa in Game 2.
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He is still working his way back from a concussion and needs a little more time on ice before he is cleared to play.
Alexei Emelin picks up 2 assists in Game 1 | 04/17/2014 10:55 AM
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Alexei Emelin contributed two assists in Montreal's 5-4 OT win against Tampa Bay in Wednesday's playoff opener.
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He filled the stat sheet in the match with two penalty minutes, one shot, two hits and three blocks. Emelin also saw time on Montreal's second power-play unit, where he logged 1:09 of his 30:08 of his total ice time.
Lars Eller scores his 1st career playoff goal | 04/17/2014 10:48 AM
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Lars Eller picked up a goal and a helper in Wednesday's overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Montreal Gazette

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He picked up an assist on Brian Gionta's shorthanded tally and then scored his first career playoff goal early in the third period.
Brian Gionta records SHG, assist in Game 1 | 04/17/2014 10:43 AM
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Brian Gionta notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's overtime win against Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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He scored a shorthanded marker in the second and added an assist in the third of Game 1's sea-saw battle. Gionta concluded the match with four shots and a plus-1 rating.
Thomas Vanek scores in Game 1 victory | 04/17/2014 10:37 AM
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Thomas Vanek scored in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 on Wednesday night.
Montreal Gazette

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He also registered a game-high seven shots. Vanek is a streaky player and he played very well in the Canadiens' playoff opener, which could be a good sign for the Habs.
Dale Weise the unlikely Game 1 hero vs. TB | 04/16/2014 11:05 PM
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Dale Weise scored the overtime winner for Montreal to lift the Canadiens to a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.
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Weise's goal at 18:08 of the first overtime frame sent the Lightning to their locker room in disappointment and put the Habs ahead in the series. Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, Brian Gionta and Thomas Vanek were the other Montreal scorers in the victory.
Carey Price earns Game 1 victory over Bolts | 04/16/2014 11:01 PM
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Carey Price and the Canadiens outlasted Tampa Bay by scoring a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Wednesday night.
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The Habs controlled the play so Price was only tested with 25 shots in 78 minutes of action, but he did permit four goals in the victory. It wasn't his sharpest of outings, but the fact he was able to emerge victorious on an off-night is great news for Montreal supporters.
Brandon Prust is expected to play Wednesday | 04/16/2014 1:32 PM
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Brandon Prust (upper body) is good to play in Game 1 on Wednesday.
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It will be Prust's first game in nearly a month. He has 13 points and 121 penalty minutes in 52 games this season.
Daniel Briere has great postseason numbers | 04/16/2014 7:47 AM
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Daniel Briere has amassed 50 goals and 109 points in 108 career playoff games.
Montreal Gazette

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"When I prepare, what I'm thinking is that I want to be the guy that makes the big play," he said. "I want the puck when the game's on the line. It's not about thinking that I'm a playoff performer or that I'm better than anyone. I wish it was clearer or that there was a better explanation, but there really isn't." However, Briere may not get a chance to make much of an impact for the Canadiens in the 2014 postseason. He could end up skating on the team's third or fourth line.
Travis Moen (concussion) skates Tuesday | 04/15/2014 2:04 PM
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Travis Moen (concussion) skated with the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Montreal Gazette

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Moen was wearing a no-contact jersey though, so we would be surprised if he played in Game 1 on Wednesday. He had 12 points and 49 penalty minutes in 65 games this season.
Brandon Prust is questionable for Game 1 | 04/15/2014 2:03 PM
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Brandon Prust (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.
Montreal Gazette

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Prust skated alongside Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher during Tuesday's practice. He hasn't played since March 18.
Canadiens' Brandon Prust doubtful for Game 1 | 04/15/2014 11:48 AM
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Forward Brandon Prust was back at practice for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday but coach Michel Therrien said he doubted the left winger would be able to play Wednesday in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Prust has missed the Canadiens' last 12 games with an upper body injury,
Daniel Briere vows to deliver in playoffs | 04/15/2014 11:45 AM
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After a season in which he sat out some games, spent much of his time on the fourth line and ranked 21st on the team in average ice time per game at 12:46, Daniel Briere believes it's time to deliver for the Montreal Canadiens.
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"For me, the mindset going in has never been `I'm a playoff performer,'" the 36-year-old said Monday. "When I prepare, what I'm thinking is that I want to be the guy that makes the big play. I want the puck when the game's on the line. It's not about thinking that I'm a playoff performer or that I'm better than anyone. I wish it was clearer or that there was a better explanation, but there really isn't." The Canadiens, who inked Briere to a two-year contact worth $4 million a season, will need his post-season scoring touch when they face the tight-checking Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, starting Wednesday. The Bolts won three of their four meetings, but three of the games went to either overtime or a shootout. Briere had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games this season. But Montreal scored only four regulation-time goals in four games against Tampa, and Briere had two of them.
No-brainer: Carey Price to face Lightning | 04/15/2014 11:06 AM
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Carey Price will, of course, be in goal when the Montreal Canadiens open their first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night.
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Price has been strong against Tampa, with a 1.42 GAA and a .956 save percentage. "I expect Carey to be the same leader for us that he's been all season long," said Habs coach Michel Therrien. "He's matured and he's playing with a lot of confidence."
Habs aim to improve power play against Bolts | 04/15/2014 11:04 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens failed to score a power-play goal in their final eight regular-season games, going 0-for-23.
Montreal Gazette

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The Habs want that to change when they begin their playoffs Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I'm not too worried about it," Montreal center Lars Eller said. "Most of the game is played 5-on-5 and we've been getting more goals at even strength lately. We've had a good power play and we're going to score on the power play and the floodgates are going to open." Eller is right about the Canadiens' production at even strength. During the eight-game power-play drought, Montreal scored 24 goals at even strength and that helped the team finish the season on an 11-3-1 run. But one of the blemishes on that record was a 3-1 loss in Tampa on April 1. The Canadiens gave the Bolts nine power-play chances and they scored on two of them. Montreal went 0-for-4.
Montreal signs prospect Jacob de la Rose | 04/14/2014 3:23 PM
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Jacob de la Rose has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Montreal.
Montreal Gazette

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He was selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He recorded seven goals and 13 points in 49 games with Leksands IF of the Swedish Hockey League this past season.
Lars Eller is ready to return from the flu | 04/14/2014 3:18 PM
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Lars Eller is ready to return after missing three games with the flu.
Montreal Gazette

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He sat out the end of the regular season due to the illness, but he's fit to play in the postseason. Eller got back onto the ice with his teammates for practice on Monday.
Pacioretty finishes just short of 40 goals | 04/13/2014 10:50 AM
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Max Pacioretty ended up falling shy of the 40-goal mark.
Montreal Gazette

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All the same, with a career-high 39 goals, Pacioretty became the team's best goal scorer since Vincent Damphousse netted 40 in 1993-94. Pacioretty also ranks fourth in the NHL's goal scoring race.
Canadiens on PP slump going into playoffs | 04/13/2014 10:48 AM
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The Montreal Canadiens finished the regular season with an 0-for-23 run with the man advantage.
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That's certainly one significant area of concern going into the playoffs. Montreal ranks 19th with a 17.2% power-play success rate.
Carey Price stops 41 shots in shutout victory | 04/12/2014 10:33 PM
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Montreal goaltender Carey Price turned in a strong game Saturday night, saving 41 New York shots in a 1-0, overtime triumph against the visiting Rangers.
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The game winner was scored by Canadiens captain Brian Gionta on a penalty shot. Thanks to the dramatic win, the Canadiens still have a chance to start the Stanley Cup playoffs at home. The Canadiens have known for days that they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, but the determination of home-ice advantage in the series will not be known until the Lightning play the Capitals in Washington on Sunday. The victory Saturday gave the Habs 100 points, the first time since 2007-08 that they hit the century mark and only the second since 1992-93, the last time Montreal won the Stanley Cup. The Habs leapfrogged the Lightning into second place in the Atlantic Division, with a one-point lead going into Tampa Bay's final game. The Lightning have to beat the Caps in order to claim home-ice advantage in the first round because the Canadiens hold the first tiebreaker with more regulation and overtime wins. The Canadiens took the season series against the Rangers two
Canadiens' captain nets dramatic winning goal | 04/12/2014 10:27 PM
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Brian Gionta scored the game's only goal on a penalty shot with 2:04 to play in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic, 1-0 victory against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday night.
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The Canadiens' captain grabbed a Raphael Diaz turnover at the Montreal blue line and was on his way to break in alone when Diaz hauled him down from behind, earning Gionta a penalty shot. Gionta came in, faked to his forehand and deked to his backhand to beat Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot. It was Gionta's 40th point of the season. He's the eighth Montreal player to hit that mark this season. It also was his 18th goal of the season.
Tokarski signs two-year contract extension | 04/12/2014 11:08 AM
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Dustin Tokarski has signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens.
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In three games with Montreal this season Tokarski posted a 2-0-0 record with a stellar .946 save percentage and a 1.84 goals against average. In 40 games in Hamilton, Tokarski was equally impressive with a 20-15-3 record and an .920 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. We like his prospects for the future as Carey Price's understudy.
Beaulieu returned to Hamilton of AHL | 04/12/2014 11:01 AM
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The Canadiens assigned Nathan Beaulieu to Hamilton of the AHL on Thursday.
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He was up for Wednesday night's contest and logged 16:29 of ice time in order to give Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin a night off heading into the playoffs. Should there be an injury on the Habs' blueline during the post season, Beaulieu will likely be back in Montreal.
Eller will not play Saturday v Rangers | 04/12/2014 10:57 AM
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Lars Eller will miss Saturday night's season finale against the Rangers.
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He is still battling the flu that kept him off the ice Friday. Eller should be good to go when the Habs face the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, however.
Gionta wins strange team award | 04/12/2014 10:55 AM
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Brian Gionta was selected as the winner of the Jacques Beauchamp award.
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The award is anually given to the Canadiens player who played a dominant role during the regular season without earning any particular honour. Last season Brandon Prust won the award. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec also received consideration for this season's honor.
Price to start against Rangers Saturday night | 04/12/2014 10:46 AM
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Carey Price will start in goal Saturday night against the Rangers.
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He is coming off a 2-0 loss to the Islanders and will be looking to end the regular season on a winning note heading into the playoffs.
Montreal summons Michael Blunden | 04/11/2014 5:42 PM
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Michael Blunden has been promoted by the Montreal Canadiens.
Canadiens.nhl.com

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Blunden has 36 points and 79 penalty minutes in 66 AHL contests. The 27-year-old forward has no fantasy value.
Lars Eller probably won't play on Saturday | 04/11/2014 1:29 PM
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Lars Eller (flu) is doubtful for Saturday's game.
Canadiens.nhl.com on Twitter

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Eller missed Friday's practice due to the illness. He hasn't played since April 5.
Alex Galchenyuk out for Round 1 of playoffs | 04/11/2014 8:08 AM
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Alex Galchenyuk (knee) won't play in the first round of the playoffs.
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He won't be available to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning after he suffered a knee injury against Chicago on Wednesday night. Galchenyuk was injured in the first period when Marian Hossa fell on him.
Doug Murray gets tossed in his return | 04/11/2014 8:03 AM
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Doug Murray's return from a three-game suspension lasted for about half of Thursday's loss to the New York Islanders.
Montreal Gazette

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He was assessed a five-minute major for checking Johan Sundstrom from behind and received a game misconduct. However, the NHL has already said that Murray won't be suspended for the infraction.
Thomas Vanek held pointless in shutout loss | 04/10/2014 10:33 PM
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Thomas Vanek and the Canadiens were shut out by the Islanders by a score of 2-0 Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Vanek has been red hot of late, netting 10 points in seven games entering the contest. While he didn't find the back of the net on this night, he did manage to direct one shot on goal and register two penalty minutes against the Isles.
Carey Price drops decision to Islanders | 04/10/2014 10:30 PM
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Carey Price played well, but suffered a defeat in the Canadiens 2-0 loss to the Islanders Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

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Price steered away 28 of 30 shots in the contest, but he was the victim of poor offensive support and saw his record fall to 33-20-5 as a result. His ratios remain sold, as his GAA is 2.36 and his save percentage is .925.
Doug Murray concludes serving suspension | 04/10/2014 2:14 PM
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Doug Murray is eligible to get back into Montreal's lineup on Thursday.
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He has finished serving his three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay's Mike Kostka.
Montreal returns Dustin Tokarski to AHL | 04/10/2014 1:04 PM
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Dustin Tokarski has been returned to the minors.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

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Carey Price will be back in the lineup on Thursday against the Islanders and Peter Budaj will back him up.
Nathan Beaulieu got to play Wednesday | 04/10/2014 10:36 AM
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Nathan Beaulieu suited up in his first game since Feb. 8 on Wednesday night.
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He logged 16:29 of ice time and posted a plus-1 rating in Montreal's 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago. Beaulieu got to play in his first game since before the Olympic break after the Canadiens rested Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin.
Alex Galchenyuk suffers LBI Wednesday night | 04/10/2014 10:31 AM
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Alex Galchenyuk sustained a lower-body injury in Wednesday's overtime loss to Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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He was hurt in the first period after playing just 1:10 in the contest and he wasn't able to return. Galchenyuk was hurt after Marian Hossa fell on him. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday. He has 13 goals and 31 points in 65 games this campaign.
Lars Eller sits Wednesday with the flu | 04/10/2014 10:26 AM
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Lars Eller sat out Wednesday's game versus Chicago because of flu-like symptoms.
Montreal Gazette

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Dale Weise, who was making his return from injury, dressed in Eller's place. Eller had a goal and two assists in his past two outings to snap an eight-game pointless skid. Consider him day-to-day.
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Dale Weise returned to action on Wednesday April 9.
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Francis Bouillon scores rare goal in loss | 04/09/2014 10:27 PM
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Francis Bouillon enjoyed the rare experience of scoring a goal for the Canadiens in a 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago Wednesday night.
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Bouillon is not exactly known for his goal-scoring prowess, as this tally was just his second of the campaign. In his career he has notched just 32 markers despite having suited up for 775 career games. Dale Weise also scored a goal for Montreal in the defeat.
Peter Budaj suffers loss vs. Blackhawks | 04/09/2014 10:24 PM
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Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj was tagged with a loss in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks Wednesday night.
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Budaj has been an effective backup for the Habs this season, though he was just okay in this contest, stopping 25 of 28 shots in the loss. His record now stands at 10-8-3 while his GAA is 2.51 and his save percentage is .908.
Brandon Prust may be ready for playoffs | 04/09/2014 8:24 AM
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Brandon Prust (upper body) skated before practice on Tuesday.
Montreal Gazette

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He might be ready to play in the postseason. "We'll see next week, but we're not there yet," said coach Michel Therrien. Prust hasn't played since Mar. 18.
Montreal will rest Andrei Markov Wednesday | 04/09/2014 8:20 AM
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Andrei Markov won't play Wednesday night in Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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He is being rested by the Canadiens along with fellow defenseman Alexei Emelin. Carey Price also stayed in Montreal and Peter Budaj will start. The Canadiens host the New York Islanders on Thursday and all of them could be back in the lineup for that contest.
Canadiens call up Dustin Tokarski | 04/08/2014 5:27 PM
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The Montreal Canadiens recalled goalie Dustin Tokarski from the AHL on Sunday.
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It's unlikely he'll make much of an impact, as he's expected to back up Peter Budaj so the Habs can give Carey Price a breather with little on the line. Even so, keep an eye out for a potential start/relief appearance. He's been sharp in very limited NHL action this season.
Carey Price will start in last two games | 04/08/2014 1:35 PM
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Carey Price will start in Montreal's final two regular season games.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter

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Price will not participate in Wednesday's contest against Chicago though. At this point, Montreal's primary concern is making sure Price is in a good place going into the postseason, so they'll give him some work to keep his routine going while also allowing him to rest a bit.
Peter Budaj is expected to play on Wednesday | 04/08/2014 1:32 PM
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Peter Budaj will play between the pipes on Wednesday against Chicago.
Dave Stubbs on Twitter

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If everything goes according to plan, then that will be Budaj's final start of the regular season. He has a 2.49 GAA and .910 save percentage in 23 games in 2013-14.
Gorges (hand) will play on Wednesday | 04/08/2014 12:30 PM
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Josh Gorges (hand) will return on Wednesday.
Canadiens.nhl.com on Twitter

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He has been out of the Canadiens' lineup for roughly a month. He has a goal and 13 points in 63 games this season.
Dale Weise (hand) may play Wednesday night | 04/08/2014 8:33 AM
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Dale Weise (hand) may get clearance Tuesday to play on Wednesday against Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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"We'll see how the injury responds tomorrow and determine what the plan is," said Weise after he practiced on Monday. "I've been skating for the past week and a half, so my conditioning level is good. All I need now is to get some game action under my belt and to work the kinks out before the playoffs." He has been sidelined since Mar. 24 with a hand injury.
Josh Gorges (hand) on target to return Weds. | 04/08/2014 8:26 AM
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Josh Gorges (hand) participated in Monday's practice and he should be cleared to return for Wednesday's game versus Chicago.
Montreal Gazette

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He has been sidelined since Mar. 5 with a fractured hand, which he sustained on Mar. 1 against Toronto when he blocked a shot. If you need shot blocks then Gorges is a good play, but he doesn't bring anything else of value from a fantasy perspective.
Max Pacioretty earns 3rd star of the week | 04/07/2014 4:24 PM
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Max Pacioretty was the third star of the week.
NHL.com

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He recorded four goals and two assists in three games. Pacioretty produced a hat trick and added two helpers in a 7-4 win over Ottawa on Friday night. He has 39 goals and 60 points in 70 games this campaign.
Brian Gionta gets two goals to lead Habs | 04/05/2014 11:04 PM
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Brian Gionta lit the lamp twice for the Canadiens in their 5-3 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Gionta continues to be a solid producer, even at 35. He isn't going to carry the Canadiens offensively, but he can chip in and provide some secondary scoring. He has 17 goals and 39 points this season. Michael Bournival, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk picked up the other markers. Jarred Tinordi and Lars Eller assisted twice.
Carey Price nearly sees win vanish vs. Wings | 04/05/2014 11:03 PM
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Carey Price made 34 saves as Montreal defeated Detroit on Saturday night 5-3.
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Price nearly saw what looked to be an easy win disappear. Montreal held a 3-0 lead in the third period, but the Red Wings scored three straight goals to tie it up. Price has five wins over his last six games. He remains a rock-solid option between the pipes. Price has a 2.37 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, good for fifth in the league.
Peter Budaj will start Friday vs. Ottawa | 04/03/2014 5:06 PM
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Peter Budaj will get the call for Montreal on Friday in Ottawa.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens will likely go back to Carey Price for Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Adjust your lineup accordingly.
Doug Murray earns 3-game ban for head shot | 04/03/2014 2:25 PM
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Doug Murray has been suspended for three games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Ba defenseman Mike Kostka.
NHL.com

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The incident occurred on Tuesday late in the third period and it left Kostka concussed. Murray won't be eligible to return until next Thursday when the Canadiens host the New York Islanders on Apr. 10.
P.K. Subban gets benched in loss to Lightning | 04/02/2014 10:53 AM
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P.K. Subban logged a season-low 17:48 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to Tampa Bay.
Montreal Gazette

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It marker just the second time this season that he's played fewer than 20 minutes in a game. Subban recorded two hits and a minus-1 rating in the contest. He has 53 points and 79 penalty minutes in 77 games this year.
Doug Murray faces a hearing for hit on Kostka | 04/02/2014 10:46 AM
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Doug Murray will face a disciplinary hearing Thursday for an illegal check to the head on Tampa Bay's Mike Kostka on Tuesday night.
NHL.com

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Murray received a match penalty on the play. The incident occurred late in the third period. Kostka was eventually able to get up under his own power.
Carey Price's four game win streak snapped | 04/01/2014 11:56 PM
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Carey Price made 30 saves on 32 shots Tuesday night but it was not enough as the Bolts zinged the Habs 3-1 in a potential first round playoff preview.
Rotoworld.com

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Price's four game winning streak is snapped, as the red-hot goaltender loses for just the second time in 11 games since Feb. 4. Price is 32-19-5 this season with a .925 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average.
Brendan Gallagher scores, Habs lose to Bolts | 04/01/2014 11:51 PM
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Brendan Gallagher scored the lone Habs' goal in a 3-1 loss to Tampa on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Gallagher opened the scoring and now has 40 points through 76 games. Gallagher has two points in his last three games. Both teams, the Lightning and the Habs, clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday and chances are, the two sides will meet in the first round unless Detroit catches either of them.
Alexei Emelin (personal) slated to play Tues. | 03/31/2014 4:30 PM
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Alexei Emelin returned to Montreal on Monday for a personal matter.
Montreal Gazette

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He's still expected to be back to play Tuesday in Tampa Bay, though.
Josh Gorges aims to return next week | 03/31/2014 10:41 AM
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Josh Gorges is targeting Montreal's game in Chicago on Apr. 9 for his return from a fractured hand.
Montreal Gazette

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He has been sidelined since Mar. 5 after undergoing surgery to repair the damage caused by a blocked shot. Gorges is fourth in NHL with 173 blocks in 63 games.
Tomas Plekanec should be back in Tuesday | 03/31/2014 10:35 AM
News
Tomas Plekanec (personal) is expected to be back with the Canadiens on Monday for practice.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He missed Saturday's game because of "family reasons," but he was projected to rejoin his teammates in Florida on Sunday night. Montreal visits the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday and Plekanec should be back in the lineup.
P.K. Subban has an assist on Saturday | 03/30/2014 10:47 AM
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P.K. Subban had an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over Florida on Saturday.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Subban has been one of the league's top offensive defenseman this season with 10 goals and 53 points in 76 games. He won the Norris Trophy last season, but it's hard to picture him as the favorite this time around despite his offensive production.
Thomas Vanek has been great with Montreal | 03/30/2014 10:38 AM
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Thomas Vanek has been excelling with the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Vanek spent a good chunk of his tenure with the New York Islanders playing on a great line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. He had a lot of success with them, but he's managed to succeed in a lot of different situations with a variety of linemates this season. He had a goal and an assist on Saturday, giving him six goals and 11 points in 12 games since the Canadiens acquired him.
Max Pacioretty reaches 35-goal mark Saturday | 03/30/2014 10:35 AM
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Max Pacioretty set a new career-high with two goals on Saturday.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Pacioretty has reached the 35-goal milestone for the first time in his career. That includes a remarkable 10 game-winning markers, including his first goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over Florida. He also had an assist Saturday night, giving him 54 points in 67 games.
Carey Price makes 36 saves for 4th straight W | 03/29/2014 10:50 PM
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Carey Price blocked 36 shots in the Canadiens' 4-1 win against the Panthers on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
A nice bounce-back outing after giving up four in a win against the Red Wings on Thursday. Price gave up the lone goal late in the second period. He has won four straight contests, giving him 32 wins, a 2.36 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Use him with confidence as the season comes to a close.
Parros likely in Saturday night v Florida | 03/29/2014 10:15 AM
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George Parros will likely play Saturday night against the Panthers.
Hockey Inside/Out

Impact
He is a frequent healhty scratch but could play if Tomas Plekanec does not return from tending to a family matter in Montreal in time to play in Miami. If you need some PIMs you could start Parros against the Panthers.
Price to start in goal v Cats Saturday | 03/29/2014 10:09 AM
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Carey Price will start in goal against Florida Saturday night.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He is coming off a sub-par performance in which he allowed four goals but registered the win against Detroit Thursday night. We expect Price to rebound against the success-challenged Panthers. Make sure you start him.
Plekanec questionable for Saturday | 03/29/2014 10:07 AM
News
We would not count on Tomas Plekanec making it to Florida in time for Saturday night's game against the Panthers.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He did not travel with his teammates from Detroit to Florida Thursday night but instead returned to Montreal on Friday to attend to a family matter. If Plekanec does not play, Lars Eller will be one beneficiary as he will move up a line to play alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. George Parros would aslo benefit as he would likely dress and play on Montreal's fourth line.
Tim Bozon has been released from the hospital | 03/28/2014 2:56 PM
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Tim Bozon (meningitis) is being released from the hospital.
Canadiens.nhl.com

Impact
Bozon will still need months to recover after coming out of a medically induced coma. "We are optimistic he will make a full recovery but it will take some time before that possibility could be realized," Dr. Gary Hunter said. Bozon is a Montreal Canadiens prospect that was playing for WHL Kootenay.
Tomas Plekanec (personal) doubtful Saturday | 03/28/2014 12:08 PM
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Tomas Plekanec has temporarily left the Canadiens to attend to a personal matter.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
Montreal is scheduled to play in Florida on Saturday and we would be surprised if he's back in time for that game. He has 20 goals and 41 points in 75 games this season.
David Desharnais has been racking up assists | 03/28/2014 8:39 AM
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David Desharnais generated a goal and an assist in Thursday's win against Detroit.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The diminutive center is currently playing between Montreal's two top-talented wingers in Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty. Desharnais has amassed 15 points, including 12 assists, in 16 games following the Olympic break.
P.K. Subban has up and down game against DET | 03/28/2014 8:33 AM
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P.K. Subban had an erratic night in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He had two helpers in the contest, but was victimized in his own end on three Red Wings' markers in a 5-4 victory. Subban finished the game with a minus-1 rating. He has no goals and 10 assists in his last 12 outings.
Tomas Plekanec scores 2 goals vs. Red Wings | 03/28/2014 8:28 AM
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Tomas Plekanec netted two goals in Thursday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He hit the 20-goal mark for the sixth time in his career thanks to Thursday's effort. Plekanec has never reached the 30-goal plateau. He has 41 points in 75 games this season.
Carey Price holds on for wild win over Wings | 03/27/2014 10:03 PM
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Carey Price and the Canadiens defeated Detroit in a crazy 5-4 contest Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Price allowed four goals on 30 shots in the victory, but the game was a wide-open affair that shouldn't be treated as a sign of things to come. By extending his winning streak to three games, he has now emerged victorious in eight of his last nine outings. His GAA is 2.39 while his save percentage is .924.
Thomas Vanek lifts Canadiens to victory | 03/27/2014 9:58 PM
News
Thomas Vanek was a force for the Canadiens in Thursday's wild 5-4 victory over the Red Wings.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Vanek seems to be getting more comfortable with his new set of teammates and he proved it by contributing a goal and two helpers in the win. He has now registered nine points and 42 shots on goal in 11 games with the Habs. Tomas Plekanec also enjoyed a big night with a pair of markers while Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais rounded out the scoring.
Habs sign Mich. defenseman Mac Bennett | 03/26/2014 9:45 PM
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Defenseman Mac Bennett signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens.
Canadiens.com

Impact
Bennett was taken in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Habs. In his career at Michigan, 136 games, Bennett tallied 14 goals and 51 assists, with 53 penalty minutes. The blueliner was the team's captain this season.
Travis Moen is likely to miss next two games | 03/26/2014 1:49 PM
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Travis Moen (concussion) is expected to miss Montreal's next two games.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter

Impact
Moen won't travel with the Canadiens to Detroit for Thursday's contest and presumably won't rejoin the team before Saturday's game in Florida. He suffered the concussion on Monday.
Daniel Briere got Habs' PP on the board Tues. | 03/26/2014 7:52 AM
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Daniel Briere produced a power-play goal in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Buffalo.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
His marker prevented Montreal's power play from going 0-for-6 in the match. "We had some chances," said Briere, who got 2:01 of ice time with the man advantage in the contest. "(Buffalo goaltender Matt) Hackett was good. And even on our chances we seemed to miss the net on a few occasions. One thing we talked about after the second period was trying to hit the net a little bit more and good things would happen." He has two points in his last two games to give him 24 on the year.
Canadiens' Travis Moen has a concussion | 03/26/2014 7:42 AM
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Travis Moen sustained a concussion in Monday's game versus Boston.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He was injured in a fight with Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller. Moen will miss at least a week due to concussion protocols, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to the lineup.
Dale Weise (hand) is slated to miss 2-3 weeks | 03/26/2014 7:39 AM
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Dale Weise is projected to miss two-to-three weeks with a hand injury.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He was injured on a hit from behind by Boston's Kevan Miller on Monday night. Weise has three points and 17 penalty minutes in 14 games with Montreal this campaign.
| 03/26/2014 1:40 AM
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Lars Eller returned to action on Tuesday March 25.
Rotoworld.com

Carey Price earns fifth shutout of the season | 03/25/2014 11:56 PM
News
Carey Price stopped all 24 shots he faced in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Price is 7-1-0 in his past eight games, but had shown a bit of rust since returning from his post-Olympic injury. He had allowed three or more goals in each of his previous four starts before shutting out the Sabres. Price improves to 30-18-5 this season with a .925 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average.
Max Pacioretty scores 100th career goal | 03/25/2014 11:47 PM
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Max Pacioretty scored his 100th NHL goal Tuesday night, breaking a scoreless tie with Buffalo in the process and leading the Habs to a 2-0 win.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Pacioretty has 32 goals and 50 points through 65 games this season, just one goal behind his career high set in 2011-12. The 25 year old's century mark came in his 311th NHL game.
Carey Price will start Tuesday | 03/25/2014 1:08 PM
News
Carey Price will be the Canadiens' starter on Tuesday.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Price has won six of his last seven starts and is going for his 30th victory of the 2013-14 campaign. He has a 2.40 GAA and .924 save percentage in 52 games.
Travis Moen hurt in fight with Kevan Miller | 03/25/2014 7:23 AM
News
Travis Moen didn't play after his first-period fight with Kevan Miller.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He fought after Miller sent Dale Weise into the boards with a cross check and he got the worst of the altercation. Moen looked woozy when he was escorted off the ice with the help of his teammates.
Dale Weise suffers UBI Monday night | 03/25/2014 6:57 AM
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Dale Weise exited Monday's game with an upper-body injury after he was hit from behind into the boards.
Boston Herald

Impact
The play earned Boston's Kevan Miller a two-minute penalty for cross checking. Miller and Travis Moen also engaged in fisticuffs for the hit. Weise wasn't able to return and his night ended after just 28 seconds of ice time.
Alexei Emelin scores rare goal in shootout W | 03/24/2014 11:04 PM
News
Alexei Emelin of the Canadiens scored the lone goal in a 2-1 shootout win over Boston.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The hard-hitting defenseman isn't known for his goal-scoring prowess, but his third of the campaign came on a first-period man advantage. Daniel Briere and Brian Gionta drew assists on the goal.
Peter Budaj stands tall in win over Bruins | 03/24/2014 11:00 PM
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Peter Budaj was excellent for Montreal on Monday night as the Habs upended Boston for a 2-1 shootout win.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Budaj kicked out 28 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime, but wasn't rewarded for his efforts until the team prevailed in the shootout. His record improves to 9-8-2 with the victory while his GAA is 2.41 and his save percentage is .910.
Lars Eller will be a game-time decision Mon. | 03/24/2014 12:41 PM
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Lars Eller (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against Boston.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He was injured on Saturday but he managed to participate in Monday morning's practice. It looks like he will be available to play.
Habs will start Peter Budaj Monday at Boston | 03/24/2014 12:38 PM
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Peter Budaj will get the nod for Montreal on Monday against Boston.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Budaj has faced the Bruins two times this season and he's defeated them once. The Canadiens host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, so Carey Price will be back in goal for that game.
Canadiens recall Michael Bournival | 03/23/2014 6:04 AM
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Michael Bournival has been summoned from the minors.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
He was called up after Lars Eller left Saturday's game due to a lower-body injury. Bournival hasn't played since Feb. 6 when he suffered a concussion
Lars Eller suffers LBI Saturday night | 03/23/2014 6:01 AM
News
Lars Eller sustained a lower-body injury in Saturday's win over Toronto.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Coach Michel Therrien said Eller is considered day-to-day. It is suspected that he hurt his knee after he turned awkwardly after a faceoff.
Tomas Plekanec scores GWG, ends slump | 03/23/2014 5:57 AM
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Tomas Plekanec ended a 13-game goalless drought by scoring the game-winning goal in Saturday's game against Toronto.
Montreal Gazette

Impact
Despite his lengthy goal skid, Plekanec has recorded a point in each of his last four games. He has 18 goals and 39 points in 72 matches this season.
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