Found February 08, 2013 on
I honestly have no idea what Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta was thinking here. It’s a tie game, late in the second period, and it wasn’t even an odd man rush. What purpose did tackling Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson have? I think Gionta will want to plead temporary insanity on this one; at least it was a good wrap-up tackle.[YouTube]
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It's no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens do not get along. It's also no secret that teams get chippy during one-sided blowouts, as the game between the two teams on Saturday night demonstrated in clear fashion. In a melee along the boards at about 11:30 into the third period, Max Pacioretty decided to put Mikhail Grabovski into a headlock....
Tomas Plekanec probably wishes you didn't see that. In on a breakaway against Tuukka Rask, Plekanec failed to get a shot off, instead mishandling the puck and sending it straight to the corner boards. As if wasting a scoring chance wasn't bad enough, the Montreal Canadiens were called for "Too many men on the ice" shortly after Plekanec's embarrassing misfire...
This is what an NHL goaltender looks like after taking a shot to the junk.
During warm-up before their game against the Bruins Wednesday night, Canadiens goalie Carey Price had the unfortunate experience of taking a Lars Eller practice shot to the groin, which is an altogether terrible experience for any man, boy or hermaphrodite, protective cup or not.
Price was able to shake off...
Ha! We were trying to think of a way to write the headline so it didn't sound too juvenile and not make a dick joke.
The reason: Take a look at the video at the bottom. In it, you'll see Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price get the "Wind" knocked out of him in warm ups as he blocks a wrist shot from one of his own players.
The problem: He missed and the puck...
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
10. Patrick Kaleta, Sabres
Reacting to Kaleta’s 2009 head shot on Montreal’s Andrei Markov, TSN’s Dave Hodge wondered if the agitator might be better off playing without a stick since he wasn’t bothering to play the puck. Kaleta has matured somewhat, but he’s still basically a hit-to-hurt player, a human missile with little...
Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying goal with 2 seconds left, and also came through in the shootout to rally the Buffalo Sabres past the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday night.
Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal's final opportunity.
The Sabres never have an easy time when facing the Islanders, but they found a way to win on Saturday.
Ryan Miller stopped 41 of 43 shots on the night, helping the Sabres put together two consecutive victories since season opening wins against Philadelphia and Toronto.
Despite getting outshot 43-15, the Sabres held on and escaped Long Island with a much needed two points at Nassau Colise...
Today the Sabres face the Islanders in Nassau Coliseum thus completing the first quarter of this lockout shortened season. It has been a disappointing start, both for the organization with a 4-6-1 record, and for many of the individual players who have struggled mightily out of the gate. Injuries, a lack of training camp, and the condensed schedule have been the common excuses...
Christian Ehrhoff took that game day skate this morning and will play tonight after sitting out the Ottawa game with a muscle related ailment. Mike Weber also took the skate today, after having sat out Wednesdayâs impromptu practice due a maintenance day. Weber has acquitted himself well with the performances that he has delivered since he stepped into the lineup last weekend...
Three Stars of the Week
1. Thomas Vanek (Buffalo Sabres)
Thomas Vanek has been a beast during the last seven days, to be put simply. Vanek has scored five goals in four games last week and has added four assists. With nine points in four games, he is averaging more than two a game over the past week. Also factor in Vanek’s +6 rating, and Vanek has...
Nice push back byBuffalo. Down a goal, they righted the wrong in rapid fire fashion.
@4:26 Mikhail Grigorenko applied smothering forecheck to turn pover a puck behind Budaj.. Hecht threads a a beauty of a pass to Ott who promply throws a perfect spin-o-rama shot at Budaj's feet and the puck squirted through the Montreal backup goaler.
The Buffalo Sabres picked up a much-needed two points their last time out thanks to another big game from Thomas Vanek.
The New York Islanders, meanwhile, are counting on a couple of fresh faces to help get them back on track.
The Sabres try to build on their latest result Saturday night when they visit the slumping Islanders, who hope both Lubomir Visnovsky and Josh Bailey can...