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Canada's three NHL playoff teams are out and country's Stanley Cup drought hits 26 years

Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs fall in first round, and the 1993 Montreal Canadiens remain the last Canadian team to win Cup.            [Author: AP]
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Kotkaniemi Undergoes Knee Surgery

The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that rookie forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi has undergone successful arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday to repair a chronic, minor injury in his left knee, The surgery was performed by Dr. Thierry Pauyo in Montreal. MEDICAL UPDATE: Jesperi Kotkaniemi underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.DETAILS ➡️ https://t.co/8Phv2D3LlZ#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 23, 2019 ‘With regards to Jesperi, it was a chronic, minor injury that did not...
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Hope for Habs Fans Comes From Poehling & Others

Montreal Canadiens fans have had little to cheer about lately, as their beloved Habs have failed to reach the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. In the 2018 offseason, general manager Marc Bergevin made some trade acquisitions that seemingly helped the Habs improve their season point total by 25 points. His biggest move came in acquiring Max Domi from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk, and it has paid off extremely well. Domi, the son of former Toronto Maple Lea...
Tags: Canadiens Prospects, Montreal Canadiens, Ryan Poehling


Maple Leafs & Bruins – Game 7 History Goes Back 78 Years

Tuesday night’s Boston Bruins-Toronto Maple Leafs contest marks the fifth Game 7 in history between the Original Six rivals. Like the four previous Game 7s, the 2019 series finale will be played in Boston. All four so far have featured third-period comebacks. Here’s a look at the Game 7 history between the sides: APRIL 3, 1941 — Boston Garden Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1 (first round) The scorers: Toronto — Gordie Drillon; Boston — Bobby Bauer, Herb Cain The goaltenders (no sav...
Tags: Boston Bruins, Hockey History, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL Playoffs


Will Canada’s Stanley Cup Drought Continue?

Whether you call it a drought, a curse, or by some other name (I personally call it the Bettman curse, as it almost perfectly coincides with Gary Bettman’s tenure as NHL commissioner), Canada hasn’t had a Stanley Cup Champion for a very long time. Sadly, 26 years might not be long enough to turn things around. Related: Longest Stanley Cup Droughts With both the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets eliminated, it’s now beginning to look like Canada’s rather unfortunate streak will continue beyo...
Tags: Washington, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Canada, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, North America, Montreal, Calgary Flames, Columbus, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Stanley Cup, Manitoba


Pettersson vs. Binnington: Who Will Win the Calder?

On March 19, Jared Clinton of The Hockey News wrote that the Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Petterson had a chance to become the first unanimous Calder Trophy winner since Teemu Selanne in 1992-93. That season, Selanne broke every rookie goal-scoring record in NHL history by collecting 76 goals and 56 assists, for an amazing 132 points. He clearly deserved a clean sweep of first-place votes. Clinton might have made that comment only a month ago, but the Calder Trophy conversation seems to have beco...
Tags: Sport, Blues, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, National Hockey League, Chicago Blackhawks, Clinton, Dallas Stars, Calder, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Daniel Sedin, Canucks, Dahlin


Crosby, Marchand, & MacKinnon Make Halifax, NS Hockey’s Latest Hotbed

With three players finishing among the NHL’s top seven in scoring this season, Greater Halifax, Nova Scotia can boast what no other country, let alone a single city, can match. All three Maritime players had incredibly successful campaigns: Brad Marchand and Sidney Crosby each notched 100 points, and Nathan MacKinnon wasn’t far behind with 99. Related: 3 Keys for Avalanche Playoff Success The remainder of the NHL’s top 10 in scoring looks like a round table from the United Nations: Russ...
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Devils’ Pending UFAs: Who Stays and Who Goes?

Finishing the season 31-41-10 is not how the New Jersey Devils envisioned their season going. It paid off in the end as they won the NHL Draft Lottery last week and will select first overall at the Entry Draft in June. That’ll go a long way in helping them rebuild their roster, whether it’s either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko they select. Team USA’s Jack Hughes (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Carlos Osorio) Even with the first pick, there are going to plenty of more changes this offseason in ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, New Jersey, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Devils, Gabriel, Cory Schneider, Stafford, Ty Smith, Mackenzie Blackwood


Sabres Goalie Rocky Farr Recalls Memories From Early Buffalo Teams

The Buffalo Sabres made it to the Stanley Cup Final in only their fifth year of existence. When it came to Buffalo’s goaltending in those early years of the franchise, much of the duties fell upon the shoulders of the great Roger Crozier. Enough so that Sabres fans often forget the other goaltenders who helped backstop the team during that time. Within those first five seasons of play there were a total of six different goaltenders to go between the pipes for Buffalo. One of them was Norm “Rocky...
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Flyers Hire Vigneault as Head Coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as their new head coach, the team announced Monday. Vigneault most recently worked as the head coach of the New York Rangers for five seasons from 2013-14 until 2017-18. BREAKING: The #Flyers have named Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history! https://t.co/FDSifRzyG7— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 15, 2019 “We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for...
Tags: New York, News, Sport, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, Vigneault, Alain Vigneault, Fletcher, Chuck Fletcher, Alain, Jim Cerny


NHL Rumors: Babcock, Canadiens, Flyers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are more conversations about the future for Nazem Kadri and, in some respects, that carries over to questions about the future of head coach Mike Babcock. There are also rumors that the Montreal Canadiens have made a shopping list of players for the offseason and the Philadelphia Flyers will look to improve their defense with a veteran either by free agency or trade. Questions About Mike Babcock? Kevin McGran of the Toronto Sun wrote in his mailbag s...
Tags: Sport, Gm, Nashville, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Detroit, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Lee, Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers


Do You Know Your Blackhawks Trivia?

As one of the Original Six teams, the Chicago Blackhawks have a long and storied history in the NHL. We’ve uncovered some key moments, distinguished players and influential coaches in the franchise’s history. So let’s get to it and find out how much you know. How Well Do You Know the Blackhawks’ History? Who holds the Blackhawks’ franchise record for goals? Bobby Hull scored 604 career goals. The next-closest scorer is Stan Mikita with 541. The closest active player is Patrick Kane with 285....
Tags: Usa, Boston, Sport, Chicago, Rangers, Hockey, NHL, Francis, Detroit, Archives, Calgary Flames, Hull, Hall of Fame, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins


St. Louis Blues’ Mount Rushmore

Four of America’s most famous and influential Presidents are emblazoned in stone across the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The monument was finished in 1941, and ever since, it has stood as a memory of the great men that helped shape their country. Of course, it has also served as a platform for debate amongst sports fans everywhere, as they try to decide the four greatest players in their franchise’s history. That’s what we’ll be doing today: discussing the four greatest St. Louis ...
Tags: America, Atlanta, Sport, South Dakota, Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Hull, Calgary, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Bobby, Gordie Howe, Hart


Former Sabres Seeing Playoff Action

While the 2018-19 edition of the Buffalo Sabres may have failed to qualify for the postseason for the eighth straight season – the longest current playoff drought in the NHL – many former Sabres are competing for the Stanley Cup. Related – Off the Crossbar: Housley Preps Sabres for Playoffs Of the 16 teams to make the playoffs, nine of them have ex-Sabres on their roster. There are 14 players in total that donned the blue and gold. So if you’re looking for a team or a familiar face to roo...
Tags: Usa, New York, Minnesota, Sport, Chicago, Kings, Moscow, Blues, San Jose, Jets, Penguins, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, St Louis


The Worst 1st Overall Draft Pick…Ever

The 2019 Draft Lottery is in the books and the New Jersey Devils are now looking forward to picking a generational talent in either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko in June. Hopes are high for these two teenagers, as they have the potential to change their new franchises for the better. But will they? In 1993, the Ottawa Senators were accused of tanking in order to draft “the Next Gretzky”, but Alexandre Daigle failed to score over 51 points in his ten-year career. When the New York Islanders p...
Tags: California, Washington, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Las Vegas, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Kansas City, Alberta, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Topps, Capitals


Avalanche & Flames Series: Speed & Skill on Display

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames have never crossed paths in the playoffs. Not in the days of Joe Sakic or Jarome Iginla (who later would become an Avalanche player). Not in the tenure of Bob Hartley (he coached both, including the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup title in 2000-01). The first time certainly figures to be an edge-of-your-seat affair: Both teams are quick in transition and can fly up and down the ice. The Flames were 3-0 against the Avalanche this season and outs...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Avalanche, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Johnson, Calgary Flames, Denver, Calgary, Mike Smith, Scotiabank, Montreal Canadiens, Bennett, Colorado Avalanche, Sam Bennett


Canadiens Jonathan Drouin Disappointed with Season-ending Slump

BROSSARD, Que. — Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin doesn’t need to check social media or turn on a television to get a sense of how Montrealers have felt about him for the last month. “I’m a smart enough man to know that when you haven’t produced in 17 games, the city’s probably turning a little on you,” Drouin said on Tuesday as the Canadiens cleaned out their lockers. No Playoffs In Montreal (Again) For the third time in four seasons, there will be no playoff hockey in Montreal — an...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Canada, Finland, Slovakia, Hockey, Montreal, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Drouin, Jonathan Drouin, Carey, Habs, Antti Niemi, Max Domi


Lightning vs. Blue Jackets: Three Storylines to Watch

Another regular season is in the books. The Tampa Bay Lightning ran away with the league, amassing 62 wins and 128 points to capture the franchise’s first-ever Presidents Trophy. Those numbers are enough to place them in the conversation as one of the best regular season teams in National Hockey League (NHL) history. Meanwhile, their first round opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, struggled to secure a playoff berth despite an active trade deadline. The acquisitions of Matt Duchene and Ryan ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Norfolk, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay, Cooper, Columbus Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky, Jon Cooper, Steven Stamkos, John Tortorella


NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Canucks, Kings, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are whispers out of Montreal that the Canadiens could be aggressive this summer, the Vancouver Canucks are starting to think about their goaltending situation, and the Los Angeles Kings feel stuck with a certain forward not named Ilya Kovalchuk who didn’t produce. Canadiens to Be Aggressive Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette is writing that the Montreal Canadiens may look to spend to the salary cap this coming season despite being $8 million under it ov...
Tags: Usa, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Gm, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Seattle, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Carter, Oilers


NHL News & Notes: NHL Draft Lottery, Voynov & More

In today’s News & Notes, the NHL Draft Lottery took place Tuesday, Slava Voynov has been suspended for the entirety of the 2019-20 season and Antti Niemi won’t be returning to the Montreal Canadiens according to Marc Bergevin. NHL Draft Lottery Results The New Jersey Devils have won the NHL’s Draft Lottery for the second time in three seasons. The Devils would win the Lottery in 2017 when they would move all the way up to No. 1 overall from fifth-overall to select Nico Hischier. In two s...
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The NHL’s Coaching Merry-Go-Round

Here we go again. As the NHL’s 2018-19 regular season ended, the merry-go-round ride of coaches has already started. Almost half of the 14 teams that failed to qualify for the postseason are likely getting new coaches. This includes five teams with interim coaches that took over during the season. Phil Housley was relieved of his duties last weekend. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports) Seven head coaching gigs have or will likely open up: Anaheim Ducks (interim coach Bob Murray), Buffalo ...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Minnesota, Washington, Sport, Ap, Getty Images, Stars, Chicago, Gm, Kings, Vancouver, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL


Vegas Golden Knights’ Season in Review

The Vegas Golden Knights are headed back to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. Considering they have only played two seasons, that is a pretty good ratio. Many would say this team, on paper, is better than last season. With the additions of Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, and Mark Stone, they give Vegas more depth and production. But somehow, this team finished third in the Pacific Division and will start on the road against the San Jose Sharks. Here is how they got here. ...
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Sharks’ Belief in Goalie Remains High Despite Down Season

SAN JOSE, Calif. — With nine players with at least 50 points, four 30-goal scorers and three world-class defencemen, the San Jose Sharks have almost all the ingredients necessary to make a long playoff run. The one major question facing the Sharks is in goal, where Martin Jones struggled all season and enters the post-season with the lowest save percentage for any starter on a playoff team. Despite that apparent weakness, the Sharks never wavered in their confidence in their goaltender. Th...
Tags: Usa, Sport, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Jones, Montreal Canadiens, SAN JOSE Calif, Martin Jones, Peter DeBoer, Justin Braun, Logan Couture, Jonesy, Sharks Jones


The “Conservative” Montreal Canadiens Need To Start Spending Their Money

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette, This is the most conservative hockey team in the universe and ever since they ran Guy Lafleur out of town, they’ve remained obsessed with fitting every offensive talent into a defence-first cookie-cutter mold. Julien lives and breathes that tradition, as does Bergevin. They’re allergic to exciting talent. Your Honour, I present as exhibit No. 1 Jonathan Drouin. It’s a scary thing to see how this approach has sapped everything out of this you...
Tags: Sport, Montreal, Montreal Canadiens, Drouin, Jonathan Drouin, Julien, Brendan Kelly, Joel Armia, Guy Lafleur, Bergevin, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Molson Bergevin, Columbus Molson


Ranking the Senators 1990s 1st-Round Picks

The 1990s saw some of the very best NHLers in history get drafted. Some teams set themselves up for years with their picks in the first round. The New Jersey Devils drafted Martin Brodeur 20th overall in 1990. The Calgary Flames picked Jarome Iginla 11th overall in 1995. Shane Doan was taken by the Winnipeg Jets in 1995 as well. Even the ageless Jaromir Jagr was taken fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990 . The Ottawa Senators came back into the league for the 1992-93 season an...
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Canadiens Give Fans Reasons to Believe

Well, that was fun. In a microcosm of their season, the Montreal Canadiens were given hope late on Friday night when the New York Rangers’ Pavel Buchnevich tied the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with seven seconds left, but alas, it was not to be. The Blue Jackets won in a shootout to clinch their spot in the postseason dance, and eliminate the Canadiens. That they were in the hunt until the second-last day of the season was a minor miracle considering they finished 28th overall in 2017...
Tags: Usa, Russia, Toronto, Sport, Finland, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Detroit Tigers, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Weber, Don, Maple Leafs


No Canada: Nation’s Stanley Cup drought approaches 26 years

Whenever Eric Desjardins reunites with his 1993 Montreal Canadiens teammates, the topic of Canada’s ongoing Stanley Cup drought doesn’t come up in conversation. “We don’t see it that way. Canadian team, American team, it’s just that we were part of the NHL,” the former star defenseman said. “Sure, it’s been a while in Montreal, but […]
Tags: News, Canada, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Montreal Canadiens, Eric Desjardins


Canadiens Beat Maple Leafs – Ryan Poehling Shines in Debut

MONTREAL — Ryan Poehling notched a hat trick and then added the shootout winner in his NHL debut as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in the season finale for both teams on Saturday. Jordan Weal and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Canadiens (44-30-8), who were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night. Goalie Charlie Lindgren, in his first game of the season, stopped 44-of-49 shots. Lindgren filled in for Carey Price, who had started the previous 13 games. ...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Ncaa, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Lindgren, Columbus Blue Jackets


Poehling gets hat trick, Canadiens beat playoff-bound Leafs

MONTREAL (AP) — Ryan Poehling recorded a hat trick and added the shootout winner in his NHL debut as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. Jordan Weal and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Canadiens (44-30-8), who were eliminated from playoff contention Friday night. […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, NHL, Montreal, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Andrew Shaw, Ryan Poehling


Legendary Broadcaster Bob Cole Has One Final Call. Oh Baby!

Bob Cole still remembers the butterflies flapping in his stomach as he walked into the old Boston Garden in the spring of 1969. Calling games on "Hockey Night in Canada" was his dream. This was the opportunity, one he wasn't about to let pass him by. "Nervous as heck," Cole recalled this week. "It was radio on the CBC network. Playoffs. It was something I always wanted to do. Now you're asked to step up and you're front and centre. If you've never done something like this, it's hard to und...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Canada, John, Salt Lake City, Bob, Hockey, Montreal, Tampa Bay Lightning, Cbc, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Bell Centre



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