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Game one is upon us. Fittingly, it is Montreal and Toronto. However, this Habs group is different. Different, and better Peter Budaj is gone. Jakub de la Rose has been sent down. Your Montreal Canadiens roster is set. Old names, like Price, Subban and Pacioretty will be skating with new names like Malholtra, Parenteau and Gilbert, as the Habs push for their 25th Stanley Cup. Montreal...
Via Kukla's Korner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jets Waive Goaltender Peter Budaj One Day After Trading For Him

The Winnipeg Jets are either confused or sneakily strategic. A day after making a trade with the Montreal Canadiens to acquire goaltender Peter Budaj, they placed him on waivers. When Budaj was acquired, it was thought he would be the backup behind starter Ondrej Pavelec. Michael Hutchinson, the projected backup, struggled throughout the preseason and also only has three games of...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens Trade Backup Goaltender Peter Budaj To Winnipeg Jets

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Eric Tangradi. By dealing Budaj, the Canadiens opted to keep Dustin Tokarski as Carey Price’s backup after the 25-year-old played well in last year’s Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers. Tokarski would have had to go on waivers if the Habs didn’t keep him...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens trade goalie Budaj to Jets

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Eric Tangradi. By dealing Budaj, the Canadiens opted to keep Dustin Tokarski as Carey Price's backup after the 25-year-old played well in last year's Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers. Tokarski would have had to go on waivers if the Habs didn't...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens trade goalie Peter Budaj to Jets for forward Eric Tangradi

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Eric Tangradi. By dealing Budaj, the Canadiens opted to keep Dustin Tokarski as Carey Price's backup after the 25-year-old played well in last year's Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers. Tokarski would have had to go on waivers if the Habs didn't keep...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Winnipeg/Montreal Trade

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Eric Tangradi.
Via Kukla's Korner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Montreal Canadiens Backup Conundrum: The Era of Tokarski?

Francois Laplante/Getty Images By Reeves Matheson (@reevespm78) Of all the questions answered over the summer and of the few questions that remain, the role of who will backup Carey Price is just as relevant now as it was back in May.Michelle Therrien’s decision to bypass his veteran backup, Peter Budaj, and handover the reins to 24 year-old Dustin Tokarski, seemed to symbolize...
Via The Hockey Guys
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers win both games in Montreal, head to New York with 2-0 series lead

The Canadiens have a goaltending problem, but his name isn’t Dustin Tokarski, Peter Budaj, nor Carey Price, it’s Henrik Lundqvist. The Habs had 41 shots and The King turned aside all but one, which was a flukey bounce in favor of Max Pacioretty. Throw the “Lundqvist sucks in Montreal” narrative out the window; he allowed only three goals in two games at the Bell Centre. It...
Via Save By Richter
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Unproven Playoff Goalie Trend

Tonight the Montreal Canadiens passed over their backup goalie Peter Budaj to play minor leaguer Dustin Tokarski in their losing playoff game against the New York Rangers.  When their second round playoff series was on the line against the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks chose to play John Gibson in net instead of proven goalie Jonas Hiller.  They lost and pulled Gibson in...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Do The Rangers Actually Struggle Against Backup Goaltenders?

We have all heard the sarcastic sentiment before, and probably said it ourselves from time to time. Any time a time a backup goaltender is brought out to face the Rangers, it’s “time to make him look like a Vezina Winner.” Or just in general, people question why the Rangers make “every backup look like Dominik Hasek.” With Carey Price stunningly out for the rest of the...
Via NY Rangers Blog
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Starts In Goal For Montreal?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, All indications at Monday’s morning skate suggested that backup Peter Budaj would get the start in Game 2 against the New York Rangers. He had a long chat with goalie coach Stephane Waite at the end of the session and was the first to leave the ice – normally a sign that he would play. That would be the safe move. The expected move....
Via Kukla's Korner
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadiens lose Carey Price for rest of conference final

Montreal Canadiens star goaltender Carey Price will miss the rest of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers, coach Michel Therrien said after the team’s morning skate Monday. “We’ve lost our best player, but we’ve faced adversity this year already,” Therrien said. Peter Budaj will likely be the starter in Game 2 at Bell Centre.  Both Budaj and Dustin...
Via Sports-Glory
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Richards: Rangers expect a different Habs team in Game 2

Whether it’s Carey Price or Peter Budaj in the Montreal Canadiens’ net in Game 2, Brad Richards told New York Newsday that the New York Rangers anticipate a steeper challenge after Game 1′s 7-2 win. “We’re going to see a whole different team tomorrow night and we’re expecting a big push from them,” Richards said. As great as the Rangers looked at times in gaining...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadiens Goalie Blows Game On Embarrassing Own Goal In OT (Video)

Peter Budaj is going to have nightmares about this one. With his team locked in a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime, the Canadiens goaltender committed the ultimate mistake by actually tapping the puck into his own net to hand the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory. The trouble began for Budaj when Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith found forward Patrick Sharp open in front...
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Blackhawks stun Canadiens in OT with two late goals

Patrick Sharp’s shot deflected off Peter Budaj before flipping up and over the Montreal goaltender, ending up in the back of the net. And after so many overtime outings in which the Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t get a goal, couldn’t eke out that extra point, they finally did both in their 80th game of the season. Marian Hossa’s goal tied it with 47.7 seconds remaining in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Peter Budaj Knocks Game-Winning Goal Into His Own Net

Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj was certainly kicking himself after the Habs loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. They were tied 2-2 in overtime when Budaj mishandled Patrick Sharp’s shot and then knocked the rebound into his own net. Nothing like an own-goal to cost your team the game. [USA Today] [GIF via: @myregularface] The post Peter Budaj Knocks Game-Winning Goal Into His...
Via Diehardsport
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Peter Budaj scores on himself

Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj score on himself in overtime.
Via Goon's World
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadiens end Bruins’ winning streak in shootout

Alex Galchenyuk scored the winning goal in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the Bruins Monday night at the TD Garden. Peter Budaj made 28 saves and stopped Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and David Krejci as the Canadiens snapped the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak. The Canadiens have beaten the Bruins three times in four games...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

B's have their way with Habs in Montreal, 4-1

So much for the Montreal Canadiens serving as a bad matchup for a Bruins team that can do no wrong. The Black and Gold did very little wrong in serving a 4-1 beating to the hated Habs on their home ice at the Bell Centre that ended a five-game losing streak against their Original Six arch-rivals. It didn’t always look that way as the Canadiens actually carried the play in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Habs back home to face B’s

The Canadiens are back in Montreal tonight, taking on the Boston Bruins as they try and leapfrog Toronto in the standings and gain another bit of cushioning on a playoff spot. Carey Price still isn't ready, so Peter Budaj is in again for Montreal. This may not be such a bad thing, as Budaj has great career numbers versus Boston, but he looked less than stellar over his past few...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadiens top Penguins 6-5 in shootout

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens are still adjusting to NHL play after a nearly three-week Olympic layoff. And it showed Thursday night. The Canadiens, playing in their second game in as many days, however, got a good performance in the end from their backup goaltender as he filled in for an injured Olympic gold medalist. Peter Budaj stopped all three shooters in...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

it's a pretty bad place outside this door

Somehow, Jeff Jimerson makes "O Canada!" sound less repulsive than it normally would be in these tough times.  PK Subban is doing a ******* jig during the Canadian anthem.  And a lingering shot of Sidney Crosby seals the deal.  This is going to be a difficult and emotional evening.  During the US anthem, Dan Bylsma is looking to the digital flags on the scoreboard as...
Via Puck Huffers
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Take First Game Back, 2-1 Over MTL

Detroit Red Wings vs Montreal Canadiens Red Wings 2 Canadiens 1FINAL     The Detroit Red Wings come away with a huge 2 points against the Montreal Canadiens, taking them down 2-1 in overtime. Both teams started out the first period a little shakily. They seemed to be getting their footing back after the long break for the Olympics...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Carey Price leaves Canadiens morning skate with possible leg injury

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price left the morning skate Wednesday after facing one shot on a 5-on-0 power-play and got up favoring his leg, reports. Price won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and was named the top goaltender after going 5-0-0 with a 0.59 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and two shutouts. Coach Michel Therrien will...
Via Sports-Glory
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Slovakian goalie makes best hit of the Olympics

T.J. Oshie gained national recognition as the hero of USA’s big victory over host Russia on Saturday. However, Sunday was a new day, and it brought us a new favorite hockey player in the Olympics: Slovakia’s third goaltender, Jan Laco. The 32-year-old Laco received the start against Russia over two NHL goaltenders, Jaroslav Halak and Peter Budaj, who had both struggled in their...
Via Around The Rink
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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