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After getting out to a 2-0 first period lead, the Montreal Canadiens let the Toronto Maple Leafs creep back in, tying it up in the third period. Overtime solved nothing, and ultimately it was Lars Eller who played hero, as the Habs left the ACC with a 3-2 shooutout win.

Join Coach K, along with Steven Hindle and Steve Farnham as they look at the good, and the bad of the Canadiens’ win.

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The Montreal Canadiens travel to the Air Canada Centre tonight, to take on their bitter rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Can the Canadiens final get off this crazy losing streak?

Find out with host Steven Hindle, along with Steve Farnham and Coach K and special second segment guest, Sportsnet.ca’s Eric Engels.

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MHT Post-Game: Habs vs. Leafs – March 22nd, 2014

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The Montreal Canadiens squeaked out a 4-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, as the talk about Dave Bolland stole the show. Join Corey Collard, along with Rob Elbaz, Paolo Mingarelli and Coach K as they continue the Bolland trend and break down the game. We also has guest appearances by JD and Dave Kellerman (formerly of The Week In Review).

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A new season has begun, but the same old issues remain as the Montreal Canadiens fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre to kickoff the 2013-2014 season. Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco are your hosts, as they are joined by Jay Farrar and Simon Tsalikis to discuss the undisciplined play of the Habs, and the unfortunate injury sustained by George Parros.

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Have the Leafs done enough to stay playoff bound?

Leafs nation rejoiced when David Clarkson signed on the dotted line and when they traded for goaltender Jonathan Bernier making him the future #1 despite the solid play of James Reimer.

Questions on nets might be the topic most leafs fans will have different opinions on. On the one side, you bring in a young goalie that is widely believed to be NHL ready and match him against a goalie that has seen more NHL action in one season than the former has in 2. (32 gp Bernier to 33gp Reimer) Having rotating goalies is never a bad thing in the season especially with possible injuries. It should make for an interesting training camp.

While Phil Kessel still holds the title of most dangerous threat when matching up to the Leafs, Nazem Kadri stepped into the lineup and had nearly a pt/game pace all season. Even if Kadri suffers a sophomore slump, his production shouldn’t falter too much and he can be expected to log top-6 minutes. James Van Riemsdyk, and when healthy, Joffrey Lupul in the lineup will make the Leafs a very difficult team to contain. Getting tougher with cup-winning goal scorer Dave Bolland reinforces their chances to be one of the teams in the Atlantic who have a decent chance to make wildcard spots. As for David Clarkson whom many hope can bring consistent 30 goal scoring campaigns, I believe he will perform more along the lines of a 20-25g player who isn’t afraid to challenge rivals. His presence will be positive for the Leafs this season.

The biggest issue for the Leafs will be down the middle. While Bozak has been slotted as their number one teams that have gone deep into the playoffs are usually armed with a big high scoring center that Bozak has yet to prove. He fits as a good number 2 and could have the Leafs consider moving some assets to acquire a bonafide number 1.

On D, Captain Dion Phaneuf is the main asset and how he plays will be indicative of how well the team looks in the standings. Having a healthy Gardiner is a must this year if the team makes a run. Gunnarson and Liles will be the second pairing that can provide some 2 way play from night to night.

All in all head coach Randy Carlyle will have a tough task ahead of him. His resolve started after game 7 against Boston last year by sending a positive message to the team that in 2013-14 they will do better. He has a lot of tools and resources to work with, and his methods have proven to be effective throughout his career behind the bench.

 

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Match-Up:

The Montreal Canadiens (12-4-3) finish off their Ontario road trip in Toronto where they’ll take on the Maple Leafs (12-8-0) Wednesday night. The game at the Air Canada Centre starts at 7:30 and can be seen on RDS, and TSN.

This is the third chance the Habs will have to earn a win against the Leafs, with another two games to play afterwards. Toronto has already beaten the Canadiens twice this year at the Bell Centre, the season opener and more recently, a 6-0 victory on February 9, the Habs’ worse loss so far this season.

What to Watch:

Tuesday evening the Canadiens traded Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in return for ex-Hab Michael Ryder. Like Cole, Ryder had 35 goals last year. He has 6 goals and 14 points this season, including 9 points during his current 6-game point streak. If the Newfoundland native makes it to Toronto in time for Wednesday’s game it will be interesting to see where he fits in the lineup and whether or not he can keep his streak going.

Phil Kessel already has five points against the Canadiens in the two games these teams have played. He had a somewhat slow start to the season, with no goals and just 4 assists in his first 9 games, but he’s picked his play back up to its expected level with 4 goals and 8 assists in the past 11.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens are still looking for a first win this season against their longtime rivals, and now that both teams have something to play for, a victory on Wednesday would be that much sweeter. The Canadiens have a 3-point cushion on the Leafs and a game in hand, meaning a win would give them some breathing room in the standings.

Even though they still hold the top spot in the East, the Canadiens have looked vulnerable to teams in their division this year. The Habs have a 10-0-1 record against teams outside their division, but within the Northeast they are just 2-4-2.

Who’s Out:

After missing the last two games with what had been described as the flu, it seems Rene Bourque’s injury could actually be more serious. Renaud Lavoie of RDS has reported that Bourque is actually out with a concussion, there’s no immediate timeline for his return. Petteri Nokelainen (back) is also out indefinitely.

The Leafs are missing starting goalie James Reimer (knee) as well as forwards Matt Frattin (knee) and Joffrey Lupul who is out long term with a broken forearm. Colton Orr (lower body) is expected to play on Wednesday after missing the last three games, but Mike Brown (lower body) was forced out of Toronto’s last game and could be out of the lineup against the Habs as well.

What Else:

Michael Ryder will rejoin the team that drafted him, and the one he played his first four NHL seasons with. Therrien never coached Ryder with the Canadiens in his first go-around, but he did spend 19 games overseeing him as part of the AHL’s Quebec Citadelles.

The last time he was with the Habs, Ryder played with current members Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges, Francis Bouillon and Carey Price. He led the team in goals in 2005-06 and 2006-07 with 30 markers each season.

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.

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