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MONTREAL – This past season wasn't the easiest of Mathieu Darche's career for a number of reasons, but he's ready to prove he's still got a lot of hockey left in him. One year after de...
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Carey Price turned aside 32 shots, and the Montreal Canadiens hammered Toronto 5-0 on Saturday night after the Maple Leafs retired the number of longtime former captain Mats Sundin.

It was the third straight loss for the Maple Leafs, who remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has won four in a row and is seven points back of the postseason cutoff.

Erik Cole, Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller and Mathieu Darche scored goals for the Canadiens (23-24-9).

The Maple Leafs (28-22-6) absorbed their worst loss since being beaten 7-0 by Boston on Nov. 5.

The night began with the Maple Leafs raising Sundin's No. 13 banner to the rafters at Air Canada Centre. During a thoughtful speech, Sundin urged fans to embrace their young team because of how difficult it can be to play hockey in Toronto.

Less than two hours later, the Leafs were booed off the ice after two periods.

The Canadiens seized control during the second period in which they scored four times on seven shots against James Reimer. Cole started the barrage at 5:01 with a shot through the goalie's legs, Bourque made it 2-0 less than two minutes later with a one-timer, and Pacioretty squeaked a shot past Reimer at 15:54.

That goal came with Leafs forward Tim Connolly in the penalty box for slashing - making it the first time in 18 games Toronto allowed a short-handed goal.

Eller made it 4-0 at 18:54 when he skated around Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and beat Reimer, prompting a loud series of boos from the sellout crowd.

Ron Wilson sent Jonas Gustavsson out for the third period, no doubt reviving the goaltending debate in the process. The Monster fared only marginally better, getting beaten by Darche on a breakaway just 1:29 into the period.

Price secured his fourth shutout of the season after two Toronto shots hit the post in the final period. He also stood tall during a late power play.

He had to be sharp in the early stages of the game. Price stopped Clarke MacArthur's tricky shot in the opening minutes and denied Phil Kessel on a partial breakaway shortly after.

Reimer was also tested a couple times during the first period when the Leafs held a 14-8 shots advantage. He looked solid until Cole opened the scoring.

Just one week earlier, the Maple Leafs earned an impressive 5-0 victory in Ottawa and looked poised to make a climb up the standings. But after beating Edmonton on Monday, they lost at Winnipeg on Tuesday and at Philadelphia on Thursday. Now they face a tough three-game swing through Western Canada.

NOTES: It was Price's 16th NHL shutout. ... The Maple Leafs had $7.5 million in salary in the press box as Colby Armstrong and Mike Komisarek were scratched. Both players are alternate captains. Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski both wore an "A" in their absence. ... Travis Moen, Ryan White and Yannick Weber sat out for Montreal. ... Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was among the announced crowd of 19,685.
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Tomas Plekanec scored on Montreal's eighth attempt in the shootout to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Carey Price made 32 saves during regulation and then stopped six of eight Pittsburgh shooters in the tiebreaker, including Jason Williams on the Penguins' final attempt.

Evgeni Malkin used a spin-around move to convert Pittsburgh's second attempt after Rene Bourque shot and scored on Montreal's first.

Montreal's Lars Eller and Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz both scored in the fifth round.

The Canadiens, who beat Winnipeg 3-0 on Sunday, won for just the second time in nine shootouts this season.

Louis Leblanc scored in the second period to put Montreal up 1-0. Eller restored the Canadiens' lead at 2-1 with his 11th goal 3 minutes into the third.

James Neal scored his 28th goal 7:32 into the third as Pittsburgh erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the period. Evgeni Malkin assisted on the goal to extend his NHL lead to 62 points.

Pascal Dupuis drew Pittsburgh even at 1 early in the third when he drove the net to score a short-handed goal.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for the Penguins, who fell to 7-3 in shootouts.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma called his timeout with a faceoff in Montreal's zone and 18.3 seconds left in overtime.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang jumped on Montreal's P.K. Subban as time expired after Malkin weathered three straight hits from the Canadiens.

Price made a pad save on Kunitz's quick shot 7 minutes into the second on a setup off a faceoff won by Malkin in the Canadiens' zone.

The Montreal goalie lost his bid for a second straight shutout 1:03 into the third when Dupuis was credited with a short-handed goal that tied it at 1. Joe Vitale's centering pass from the right side went in off Dupuis' right skate as he drove to the net. A brief video review upheld the call.

Fleury came up with a few big stops of his own, including Leblanc on a partial breakaway 13 minutes in. He also turned aside Plekanec's shot on a short-handed 3-on-1 early in the second.

Plekanec was denied by Fleury again when he came out of the penalty box to take a breakaway pass right after Subban stopped Malkin's shot at an otherwise open net. Price was caught out of position when he fell after coming out to play the puck late in the Penguins' power play.

Luck was against Fleury as the Canadiens regained the lead shortly after Kunitz's tying goal.

Eller took a shot from the left side just over the blue line that struck the right post. The puck bounded back off Fleury's backside and across the goal line to give Montreal its second lead.

Leblanc scored his third goal 11:21 into the second. It was his first in four games since he was recalled from AHL Hamilton.

NOTES: Williams dressed after he was recalled from AHL Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day. He had one goal and one assist in seven games with Pittsburgh earlier this season. ... Canadiens LW Travis Moen returned after missing five games because of an upper-body injury. ... Montreal D Yannick Weber went to the dressing room after Kunitz's check sent him into the boards 3:48 into overtime.
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Forever considered as the temple of hockey, the Montreal Forum was the home of the Canadiens for 70 years until they moved to the Bell Centre in 1996.

The Forum served as home for the Habs for 22 of their NHL-record 24 Stanley Cup victories, and 12 times they lifted the Cup on Forum ice.

The Canadiens had so much success at the Forum, its walls were said to be inhabited by the ghosts of the past that helped the home team accomplish some extraordinary feats.

Former general manager Frank Selke asked toward the beginning of the 1950s that a passage from John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields" -- written during World War I -- be reproduced on the walls of the Canadiens dressing room, a passage that would come to define the team's sense of history and success: "To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high."

Holding the torch high was what the Canadiens always took great pride in during their years at the Forum, but the building was actually not meant for them initially.

When it opened on the corner of Atwater Ave. and Ste-Catherine St., the Forum was actually meant to house the Montreal Maroons, the city's other NHL team. But the Canadiens were invited to play the Forum's inaugural game because their own venue -- the Mount-Royal Arena -- relied on a natural ice surface that was not ready for game action yet. The Canadiens would only move to the Forum on a permanent basis two years later, and they would share the building with the Maroons until 1938 when their co-tenants folded.

The Forum's opening game between the Canadiens and the Toronto St. Pats was held on Nov. 29, 1924, a 7-1 victory for the "home" team. On this 88th birthday of the venerable hockey shrine, looks back at eight of the most memorable moments that took place at the Forum, though the memories that were born there are far more numerous.

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A Message from the Montreal Canadiens

Dear Canadiens Fans,

We understand that the current situation affects a great number of people, including our employees, our partners and local businesses – as well as our loyal fans who patiently and enthusiastically await the arrival of each Canadiens hockey season.

Please know that it is our sincere hope that an agreement between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association is reached so that the hockey season may get underway. To this end the National Hockey League has been and remains willing to negotiate around the clock to conclude a new CBA that provides a fair system for all teams and its players, thus allowing the NHL to continue to develop and prosper long term. This is in the interest of everyone involved.

Meanwhile, the Club’s charitable efforts move forward with today’s annual Montreal Canadiens golf tournament to benefit our Children’s Foundation. We will gather with our generous partners, sponsors and numerous Canadiens Alumni in the name of helping children in need.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your understanding and your patience. I remain convinced that we have the best fans in the world.

Geoff Molson
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Montreal Canadiens general manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced today the acquisition of forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney, as well as a second round draft pick in 2012 from the Nashville Predators, in return for defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2013.

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The 24-year old Geoffrion played 22 games with the Predators this season. He registered three assists, 29 hits and 17 penalty minutes, playing an average of 10 minutes and 20 seconds per game. In his second year in professional hockey this season, he also played with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals recording nine points, including two goals, in 20 games.

The 6’01'’, 190 lbs left winger has collected 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 42 regular season games in the NHL. Geoffrion displays a career +1 plus/minus differential. He added two assists in 12 playoff games in 2010-11, along with a +1 plus/minus ratio.

A native of Plantation, Florida, Geoffrion was drafted in the second round, 56th overall by the Predators at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He was awarded the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, as the Top U.S. Collegiate Player in 2010.

Slaney, 23, notched one assist in nine games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, and 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists) in 30 games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones this season.

A product of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles the 6’02’’, 203 lbs left winger registered eight assists in 52 career games in the AHL. Slaney added 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 113 career games in the ECHL.

The Upper Cove Island, Newfoundland native Slaney signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 14, 2009. He was acquired from Toronto by the Predators on July 3, 2011.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Hal Gill for his contribution to our team over the last three seasons. His leadership and commitment were much appreciated. I wish him the best of luck with his new team. We are also very pleased to have acquired a second round draft selection in 2012 and two young prospects for our organization. We look forward to working together with Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney to continue their progression,” said Canadiens’ general manager Pierre Gauthier.

Hal Gill played 53 games this season with the Canadiens registering eight points (1 goal, 7 assists). He recorded 48 hits and 122 blocked shots, playing an average of 16 minutes and 44 seconds per game.

Since joining the NHL, Gill has recorded 179 points (36 goals and 143 helpers) and maintained a +43 plus/minus ratio in 1,047 NHL regular season games.
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The Montreal Canadiens have had few reasons to celebrate this season as they have been mired near the basement of the Eastern Conference.

Scott Gomez, who hadn't scored in more than a year, has had even fewer moments to savor. The team and the star forward both had a night to enjoy.

Max Pacioretty's first NHL hat trick and Gomez's first goal since last Feb. 5 lifted the Canadiens past the New York Islanders 4-2 on Thursday night, the third straight win for Montreal. Carey Price made 31 saves for the Canadiens and won for the fifth time in seven games.

"I wasn't feeling sorry for myself, I've just kept working," said the 32-year-old Gomez, acquired by Montreal with his sizable contract in an oft-criticized trade with the New York Rangers in June 2009. "It's certainly good to get a win, and of course it's great to finally score."

Gomez had seven assists in 24 games this season before Thursday, and seven goals in 80 games last season. He is in the fifth year of a seven-year, $51.5 million contract he signed with the Rangers in 2007.

"It was a big goal for us, proved to be the game-winner," Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "We worked hard and the effort paid off. We have to get it going and keep it going."

Pacioretty scored in all three periods as the Canadiens (22-24-9) moved one point ahead of the Islanders (22-23-8) in the tightly packed non-playoff section of the Eastern Conference.

Montreal's 53 points have the Canadiens in 11th place, nine points behind Toronto and the postseason cutoff. The Canadiens and Maple Leafs will meet Saturday night in Toronto.

The Islanders scored twice in the last three minutes, but couldn't get even.

"Price made key saves at key times," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

The 24-year-old Price, who has also struggled this season, improved to 20-19-8.

"I'm happy for the team, obviously for Pac with three goals and Gomer for getting that gorilla off his back," Price said. "And it sure is nice to string a few wins together."

Pacioretty scored his 20th goal of the season at 1:23 of the first on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle, beating goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who was coming off a 45-save shutout of Philadelphia on Tuesday. Erik Cole had the assist.

A first-round draft pick by the Canadiens in 2007, Pacioretty made it 2-0 at 9:30 of the second. He completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal with 1 second left in the game. He leads the Canadiens with 22 goals.

Gomez tallied 9:50 into the third period with assists to defensemen Rafael Diaz and Chris Campoli.

Matt Moulson made it 3-1 with 2:41 remaining on a power play, with an assist from John Tavares, who earned the 100th helper of his NHL career.

Islanders captain and defenseman Mark Streit made it 3-2 just 48 seconds later, but New York couldn't muster the tying goal after pulling Nabokov for an extra skater.

The Islanders are 6-2-2 in their last 10 and 11-6-2 in the past 19. Nabokov had won seven of nine outings, allowing one goal or fewer in six of those decisions.

"It was frustrating at the start," Streit said. "We had a hard time getting back. There was not enough on our part."

The game was the third of four meetings between the teams. The Islanders won 4-3 at home on Nov. 17, and the Canadiens earned a 5-3 victory on Dec. 13 in Montreal.

It was the first time that Montreal has won three straight games since a season-best, four-game spurt from Oct. 26-Nov. 4. The Canadiens had home wins earlier this week over Winnipeg and Pittsburgh.

The pressure to win in Montreal reached new heights this week as the Catholic church placed ads in newspapers asking fans to pray to help the team reach the playoffs. The Canadiens haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1993, an eternity for the franchise with an NHL-record 23 Cup titles. They also won one Cup championship while part of the National Hockey Association.

"Montreal is a beautiful place, we just have to keep winning," Gomez said. "That's the bottom line."

NOTES: The Canadiens are two wins away from 3,200 in franchise history, including the NHL and NHA years. ... The Islanders have scored 9,998 goals in their history, dating to 1972. ... Last season, the Islanders were 15-12-6 after the All-Star break. They are 3-1-1 this season since the break.
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Scoring a hat trick is impressive; four goals, astonishing – what Lars Eller did Wednesday night can only be described as epic. Things haven’t been easy for the Montreal faithful in recent weeks, but if Wednesday night was a taste of what’s to come in 2012, Habs fans have a lot to look forward to. A strong team effort may have been what downed the Jets at the Bell Centre, but it’s Lars Eller who treated the building to a moment so spectacular that fans will be talking about it – and him – for years to come.

“We’ve had a lot of adversity in the last couple of weeks and getting the win tonight was really important to us and our fans,” expressed Eller after what was undoubtedly the greatest night of his young professional career. “Tonight we really played to win, instead of being afraid to lose. This is a new year, we’re starting a new chapter and hopefully more of the same kind of play will follow.”

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Eller’s four-goal, five-point night will ultimately earn him a place in the rich history of the Canadiens – no small feat when you realize the scope of what that represents. The 22-year-old Dane, in his sophomore year with the Habs, stands as the first player to score four goals for the team at home in a single game since February 27, 1993, when Brian Bellows accomplished the feat at the Forum.

“Who?” asked Lars Eller, when informed of the fact. Fans may have to forgive him for the hole in his Habs history – he was after all only three-years-old when it happened.

“Scoring four goals feels incredible and I just wanted to thank my teammates for helping me get them,” praised Eller of Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn who logged three and two assists respectively and were both a plus-3 on the night. “Most of those goals were Travis and Andrei working hard and doing an amazing job, their passing was great all night, they’re able to make a lot of room. I just did my best to be in the right place at the right time.”

By the time Eller potted his third goal of the match and hats began to rain down from the Bell Centre stands it seemed like things couldn’t possibly get any better. Then they did. With exactly nine minutes to play in the third period, a streaking Eller was hauled down in front of the Winnipeg net. The ref extended an arm to center ice signaling a penalty shot.

As he scooped the puck onto his stick and made his way toward the net at a wide angle, it was clear that another Eller goal would blow the top off the building. But no one expected what came next.

“I decided beforehand that I wanted to do that spin move and I knew the goalie was coming in cold so I thought it was good one to try,” said Eller whose spin-o-rama/backflip over Chris Mason will go down as one of the most memorable penalty-shot goals in team history. “I’ve seen a lot of guys shoot this year and for the most part they haven’t gone in, so I thought I’d try to do something a little different. There was nothing to lose so I thought I might as well try it.

“It’s an awesome feeling, especially to be able to do it in this building on a night like this. The feeling was incredible… I’m at a loss for words.” added Eller. “It might never happen again – in fact there’s a really good chance it’ll never happen again – so I’m just going to try to enjoy this as much as I can.”

Which is exactly what he did. Taking the ice for a final time to accept the night’s first-star honors, Eller made sure to soak it all in. Basking in the applause and chants of his name, the young Dane gestured to the crowd, egging them on to get louder, and they complied, upping the decibel level even further.

“I thought they could get a little louder,” he grinned. “I was right.”
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