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The Montreal Canadiens, coming off a disappointing lost on Monday at the hands of Detroit Red Wings, didn’t have much as far as offence or defense was concerned in losing 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre.

Coach K is back behind the mic to go over the Habs’ second straight loss, as well as giving you his 1st half report card, the recent decline in the play of Carey Pruice, and the Canadiens’ All-Star Game representatives.


Al Montoya stopped 36 shots for his 6th career shutout, David Desharnais scored a pair and Alexander Radulov got his first as a Hab, as the Montreal Canadiens dispatch of the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-0.

Join Coach K as he breaks the game down, and looks forward to Thursday’s matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes.


The Montreal Canadiens take a trip to Pittsburgh for another battle with the Penguins. Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K, as they try to make sense of the Pens’ slow start to the season.

Brain Metzler of NHL.com and Penguins Live join the crew from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.


The Montreal Canadiens faced off against the high-powered offence of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it was the defence that ultimately failed the home team, as the Habs left CONSOL Energy Center with a 3-2 victory.

Join Nick Murdocco and Coach K, along with Sean Lloyd, as they breakdown all the night’s action, including a pair of goals scored by Max Pacioretty, a horrible late-game makeup call, and much more.


Join Steven Hindle and Steve Farnham, along with Coach K, as they preview the final game of the season opening road trip versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Michael Necciai from PensLabyrinth.com joins the crew to give them the Pens’ persepctive from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.


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Canadiens Vs Penguins

Match Up

The league leading Montreal Canadiens (14-4-1) are home to host the Metropolitan leading Pittsburgh Penguins (12-3-1) Tuesday night. The game is set to start at 7:30 and airs on RDS and Sportsnet East.

This is the first of three meetings between the Habs and Pens this season, and the first of two in Montreal. Last season the Canadiens took two of three from the Penguins, including a wild 6-5 shootout win to end the season series. Daniel Briere had a pair of goals and an assist in that game while David Desharnais had two assists and the only goal in the shootout.

What’s to Watch

While he’s seen his average ice time shrink since Sergei Gonchar became a Canadien, Nathan Beaulieu has now dressed in eight consecutive games and continues to have a positive impact. He has two assists in the last three games, including one on the Habs’ first power play goal in November towards the end of Thursday’s victory over the Bruins. All this despite playing a total of 21:42 in three games, over three minutes less than PK Subban played in Sunday’s game versus the Red Wings alone.

With the second most potent offense in the league, the Penguins currently have four players at a point per game or better. Through 16 games Sidney Crosby (25 points), Evgeni Malkin (19), Patric Hornqvist (19), and Chris Kunitz (16) each have at least a point per game. Meanwhile in nets, Marc-Andre Fleury is top ten in the league in wins (10, 3rd), goals against average (.925, 8th), goals against average (2.13, 9th), and is tied for the league lead in shut outs with three.

What’s at Stake

It’s lonely at the top, but the Canadiens probably don’t mind. They’re on top of the league for now, but just a single point ahead of the Lightning and well within reach of the Penguins, who hold three games in hand. The Habs will look to extend their lead and keep their foes at bay for another day on Tuesday, they’ll also be trying to improve their season best six game win streak.

Who’s Out

The Canadiens are without Michael Bournival (shoulder), but are otherwise healthy heading in to Tuesday’s game.

Olli Maatta (neck) who had surgery at the beginning of November to remove a tumor from his thyroid gland, could possibly return to action Tuesday in Montreal. Pascal Dupuis will not play on Tuesday, he’s sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

What Else

With their win against the Red Wings on Sunday, the Canadiens improved to 10-1-0 against Eastern conference teams and 6-1-0 against teams in their division. As far as teams from the East go, the Canadiens have only lost to the Tampa Bay Lighting. Unsurprisingly, the Pens and Bolts also have strong records within the conference, but neither are quite at Montreal’s level. Tampa has a 8-1-1 record against the East while Pittsburgh boasts a 7-2-1 mark.

The Question Mark

Approaching the quarter mark of the season, how would you grade the Habs’ offense, defense, goaltending, and coaching thus far?

Tonight’s Show

Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:30 to preview the Canadiens and the Penguins.

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Canadiens Vs PenguinsMatch Up:

The Canadiens (32-21-6) are in Pittsburgh to face the Penguins (40-15-3) Thursday night, fresh off a 2-1 OT loss to the Red Wings. The game is set to start at 7:00 and airs on RDS and TSN-Habs.

This is the third and final game between the Habs and Penguins this season. The Habs took the first game 3-2 at the Bell Centre, but dropped the last meeting 5-1. Carey Price was pulled from that match midway through the second after allowing 5 goals on 21 shots. Jussi Jokinen had a pair of goals and Evgenin Malkin had a goal and an assist, bringing him up to 4 points in 2 games against the Canadiens this season.

What to Watch:

The Habs only managed two shots on goal in the second period of Wednesday’s game, finishing the night with 20 in close to 65 minutes of play. Brian Gionta tallied 6 shots and scored the team’s only goal in Montreal’s first game back after the Olympics. Peter Budaj had 28 saves in 30 shots and kept his team in the game for 59 minutes until Gionta managed to draw the Habs even.

This will be Pittsburgh’s first game since the Olympics ended, they haven’t played since February 7. Like the Canadiens, the Penguins have a pair of gold medalists returning from Sochi in Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, both of whom scored in the Gold Medal game versus Sweden. And like the Red Wings, the Pens have an Olympic coach behind their bench; Dan Bylsma led Team USA during this year’s Winter Games.

What’s at Stake:

A win Thursday against the Conference leading Pens would help the Habs stay a step ahead of the Leafs, but, with Carey Price staying behind as the team traveled to Pittsburgh, the Canadiens will be in tough against one of the most potent offensive teams in the league. The good news is, Peter Budaj had a solid outing against the Wings on Wednesday. The bad news? He’ll be playing on less than 24 hours rest if he starts in Pittsburgh.

Who’s Out:

The Habs are missing Carey Price (lower body), Michael Bournival (concussion) and Brandon Prust (upper body). Prust has been placed on injured reserve for the time being.

The Penguins are missing Beau Bennett (wrist), Chris Conner (wrist) and goalie Tomas Vokoun (hip). Taylor Pyatt (lower body) and Joe Vitale (upper body) were injured prior to the Olympics but could return for Thursday’s game.

What Else:

Dale Weise played in his fourth game as a Hab on Wednesday, and although he played the least minutes so far since joining the team, he still made an impact on the game with 5 hits. Weise’s arrival coincided with the return of Ryan White from injury and the pair seemed to have formed an instant chemistry. Since the duo have been put together, the Canadiens are 3-0-1 and have allowed just 5 goals. White had 2 goals and an assist in the two games leading up to the break, which included his first career game winning goal.

The Question Mark:

Habs GM Marc Bergevin has already pulled the trigger on one deal for the Canadiens, sending Raphael Diaz to Vancouver for Dale Weise. What we want to know from you is, how many more deals do you expect Bergevin to make between now and the deadline and what is the team’s biggest need?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.


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As if we all needed another reminder that hockey is — and until another country can produce as many quality and winning players – Canada’s sport. What Canada did in their semifinals and gold medal wins at the 2014 Men’s Olympic hockey tournament can only be described as the type of dominance that we haven’t seen at the Olympics or international level since the Russian Red Armyteams owned the international hockey scene. That’s why it’s no surprise to have just read these stats from the NHL public relations department’s always-resourceful “Morning Skate” email:

“With the win, Canada became the first country to earn back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988.”

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Penguins – Jan 22nd 2014


Dropping back to back games for the first time in 2014, the Pittsburgh Penguins disposed of the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 at the Excel Energy Center. Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Kristina Ashqar, Martin McCarthy and Coach K as they break it all down.