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Habs Nation expected a similar effort to Thrusday night, but instead got a giveaway clinic in the Montreal Canadiens’ defensive zone, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Madhouse on Madison tonight.

Join Corey Collard, along with Coach K and Steve Farnham as they try to make sense of what lies ahead to the free falling Canadiens.


Despite a valiant effort by the Montreal Canadiens, dominating the Chicago Blackhawks for most of the hockey game, it was local boy Corey Crawford, who was stellar in goal, that handed the Habs a 2-1 loss tonight at the Bell Centre.

Join Coach K, along with Kristina Ashqar and Sean Lloyd as they breakdown the game and look ahead to the Canadiens’ weekend from hell, with back to back games against the Blues and, once again, the Hawks.


With the Chicago Blackhawks coming to town looking to give Coach Joel Quenneville career win number 783, giving him sole possession of 2nd place all-time, can the Montreal Canadiens find a way to win?

Join Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K as they answer that question and more, along with Keith Schultz of BlackhawkUp.com from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.


After a flawless training camp, former Hamilton Bulldogs’ number 1 goaltender, Mike Condon, has usurped Dustin Tokarski for the job as Carey Price’s backup. Tokarski, along with newly acquired defenseman Mark Barberio, was placed on waivers earlier today.

In a press conference on Monday at noon, Canadiens’ general manager Marc Bergevin cited Condon’s strong camp and Tokarski’s less than stellar performance were definitely the determining factor in the move.

There has been a severe dip in Tokarski’s game since his extraordinary playoff performance against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals. Despite losing the series, the goaltender’s work replacing an injured Carey Price gave the Canadiens a fighting chance in the series.

Since then, however, Tokarski hasn’t even shown flashes of his former self. Oftentimes, he would get caught out of position, with his back turned to the oncoming play, or simply letting pucks going through him.

As for Condon, he did everything he needed to do to earn the backup job. He looked technically sound, which is a huge plus for any backup goaltender, and he showed excellent reactionary skills when they were called upon to stop pucks fired at him.

Despite Tokarski’s experience, Condon showed veteran poise beyond his career experience, never looking flustered. That type of demeanor in goal is a character trait not held by many at this level. It wasn’t too long ago that Carey Price was vilified for having a laid back, un-phased mindset in goal. And as well all know, that worked out just fine for the Canadiens.

Mike Condon will now not only get much needed NHL experience, but he’ll be under the tutelage of two great goaltending minds. If Habs’ goalie coach Stephane Waite can make him great, with better tools than he had to work with in the case of Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford, and Price can show him the NHL ropes, the Canadiens’ goaltending will be almost as strong as when they had Patrick Roy and Pat Jablonski as their goaltending tandem.

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Match Up

The Canadiens (17-8-2) continue their road trip Friday night as they are in Chicago to face the Blackhawks (16-8-1). The game starts at 8:30 and airs on RDS and Sportsnet East.

This is the second and final meeting between the Habs and the Hawks this season. The Canadiens dropped the first game on home ice 5-0. Despite out-shooting the Blackhawks 11-5 in the first period, the Canadiens went into the first intermission trailing 1-0 on a goal by Jonathon Toews. Corey Crawford made 28 saves in the game to earn the shutout.

What to Watch

Alex Galchenyuk scored his sixth goal of the season against the Wild on Wednesday, it was his third straight game with a point, bringing him up to 17 on the season. Like Galchenyuk, PK Subban also extended his point streak to three games and reached 17 points on the season with an assist on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks have won four straight led by the trio of Patrick Kane, Kris Verteeg and Brad Richards. Kane has 25 points on the season including seven in his last games. Versteeg has a goal and six assists in his last three games and Richards has five points in his last three.

What’s at Stake

The Canadiens have slipped to three points back of the Lightning for top spot in the East, and are two points back on the Penguins Islanders (the Islanders, really? are you sure?) as well. Moreover, the Canadiens have a chance to avenge the 5-0 loss they suffered to the Blackhawks on home ice earlier in the year.

Who’s Out

Michael Bournival has been sent the the Bulldogs for reconditioning as he nears his return to the Habs lineup.

Corey Crawford injured his foot at a concert earlier in the week and will be out for two to three weeks. Patrick Sharp (leg) and Trevor Van Riemsdyk (knee) are also out for the Hawks.

What Else

The Canadiens are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Wild on Wednesday, it was the 11th time in 27 games that the team was held to one goal or fewer in regulation. It’s a trend the team will need to reverse if they expect to have continued success as the season progresses.

The Question Mark

While Carey Price has probably been the team’s MVP to this point in the season, who has been the team’s best skater?

Tonight’s Show

Join myself Rob Elbaz along with Steve Farnham and Jesse Dorais for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 7:30 on Friday to preview the Habs and Blackhawks.

MHT Post-Game: Hawks vs. Habs – Nov. 4th, 2014


Another game, another half-hearted effort, and the Montreal Canadiens drop another decision to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. Join Corey Collard, along with Bradley Karp, Sean Lloyd, JD and Coach K as they try to understand what is going on.

The Montreal Canadiens Post-Game show is brought to you by QualityPlusTickets,com

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MHT Pre-Game: Hawks vs. Habs – Nov. 4th, 2014


Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K as they look ahead to tonight’s matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens. Keith Schultz from BlackhawkUp.com join the boys from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca

The Montreal Hockey Talk Pre-Game Show is brought to you by the Peel Pub and QualityPlusTickets.com


MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Hawks – April 9th, 2014


In a fun and extertaining hockey game, the Montreal Canadiens kept place with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, but ultimately lost 3-2 in overtime. Join Corey Collard, along with Matt Casavant, Kristina Ashqar and Coach K as they explain the bright side of this type of game.