Losing a Game You Deserve to Lose

If last night's opening game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens wasn't a perfect example of why the NHL playoffs are the most exciting, dramatic and heart-wrenching part of the year, I don't know what'll change your mind. There were goals, posts, crazed saves and end-to-end rushes that all but lift you out of your seat and toss you in the air while...
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Wednesday

Just a few things that caught my eye: Six-foot-six isn't tall if you're always on your knees. Stand up, Anders Lindback -- STAND UP! They already know about that glove hand of yours. Don't give them anything else! Sidney Crosby has discovered it's tick season. Brandon Dubinsky just latches on between the shoulder blades and drains the energy right out...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Flash Points: Lightning trade haymakers in OT loss to Canadiens in Game 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens were even throughout most of four matchups in the regular season. Most expect this Eastern Conference quarterfinals series to be even in the weeks ahead. Game 1, after haymakers from both sides, played to the script Wednesday. The Canadiens edged the Lightning 5-4 at Tampa Bay Times Forum in overtime, with a goal from...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tomas Plekanec Fakes Out Radko Gudas, Scores Pretty Goal (GIF)

Tomas Plekanec is one of the NHL’s most underrated players, and in Wednesday night’s Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens’ center scored an amazing goal. As Plekanec entered the attacking zone, he faked a slap shot and got Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas to fall for it and embarrassingly tumble to the ice. The Canadiens forward skated toward the...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tomas Plekanec Ethers Radko Gudas With Sick Shot Fake, Snipes On Goal

The Stanley Cup playoffs got underway with the Canadiens and Lightning facing off in Tampa Bay, and it didn’t take too long to get some exciting back-and-forth action. After the Lightning jumped out to an early lead, Tomas Plekanec and the Habs quickly responded with this sequence. Plekanec carries the puck into the offensive zone and executes a great shot fake that basically was...
Via Next Impulse Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Break out the Van Halen and put the beer on ice, it’s playoff time

It's the most wonderful time of the year. The tulips are sprouting, the birds are chirping...and the snow is falling? Regardless, it's playoff time, and the Montreal Canadiens are getting ready to take on Tampa Bay in the first round. Montreal looks to be a more complete team than they have in at least 6 or 7 years, if not a lot longer. Tampa Bay also look solid top to bottom...
Via Kukla's Korner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Habs open four-point gap on Lightning

Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game at 13:13 of the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and the Canadiens went to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Alex Galchenyuk was credited with an insurance goal at 15:40 when Tomas Plekanec’s shot went in off his arm. The win tightened the Canadiens’ grip on second place in the Atlantic Division. They...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Habs look to continue streak in Tampa

The Canadiens skate into Tampa Tuesday on a five game winning streak, looking to eke out a win against a robust Tampa team nipping at Montreal's heels. Tampa and Montreal have been fighting it out for 3rd in the East for the past few weeks, and the winner of that contest will play host in the first round, unless there is a drastic change of events in the standings. The past six...
Via Kukla's Korner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Plekanec, Vanek lead Canadiens over Red Wings 5-4

DETROIT (AP) Max Pacioretty broke a third period tie, Tomas Plekanec scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Thursday night.
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Drop Another Big 2 Points in Playoff Push, 5-4 to MTL

  The Detroit Red Wings drop a second straight decision, this time 5-4 to the Montreal Canadians. The entirety of the first period, the Red Wings looked completely lost. Montreal would get on the board at 5:14, when Tomas Plekanec took a pass in the slot in front of Jimmy Howard, unchallenged by any Detroit defenders, and had plenty of time to place his shot over the glove of Howard...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wings come up short against Canadiens

DETROIT (AP) -- Max Pacioretty broke a third period tie, Tomas Plekanec scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Thursday night. Tomas Vanek added a goal and two assists and David Desharnais had a goal and an assist for Montreal. P.K. Subban had two assists and Carey Price made 23 saves. Tomas Tatar scored two goals for Detroit, Riley Sheahan a goal...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Augello: Playoffs Slip Sliding Away After Loss To Habs?; Leafs Vs Devils

The problems that have plagued the Toronto Maple Leafs over the last week popped up once again, as the club fell behind early to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night due to defensive gaffes and subpar goaltending and spent most of the evening trying to make up for those mistakes. Toronto erased two Montreal leads in the key Atlantic Division contest, but Tomas Plekanec’s...
Via HockeyBuzz
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens hold on for win over Leafs

Tomas Plekanec scored at 11:14 of the third period to give the Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. A Canadiens’ power play had just expired when Plekanec beat James Reimer from a sharp angle. The Leafs had tied the score at 3-3 when Nazem Kadri beat Carey Price on a power play at 2:49 of the third period. Where they’re...
Via Pro Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadiens edge Maple Leafs 4-3

TORONTO (AP) Tomas Plekanec scored the go-ahead goal just as a power play expired midway through the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Saturday night.
26 days ago  |  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

Habs prep for deadline day

If the answer is Mike Weaver, well, I'm not sure what the question is. Regardless, that's who Montreal ended up with on Tuesday, in exchange for a 5th round pick. Marc Bergevin and co. seem to have a modus operandi for deadlines, and it consists of depth defencemen. So what's coming down the pipe tomorrow? Well, likely nothing. This is generally the norm, and Habs fans...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Czechs beat Slovakia 5-3, play US in quarterfinals

Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to set up a four-goal lead and the Czech Republic went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 Tuesday, advancing to an Olympic quarterfinal match against the United States. The Slovaks pulled within a goal in the third period, but their setback was sealed when Andrej Meszaros was called for slashing with 53 seconds left. They pulled...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Sochi 2014 Olympic Hockey Tournament: Elimination Bracket Set

The elimination bracket for the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is now set. Schedule: The four preliminary round games will be played on Tuesday, times TBD. The top four seeds receive a bye to the quarterfinals, which will be played on Wednesday, times TBD. The semifinals will be held Friday, with one game at 7 a.m. ET, the other at noon ET. The...
Via Standing O Sports
February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets' Maurice: Olympic ice won't make big difference

There is a widely held assumption that a big factor at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be the ability of each team to adjust to the international ice surface. Montreal Canadiens center and Czech Olympic team captain Tomas Plekanec went so far as to say that hockey on international ice, which is 15 feet wider than NHL rinks, is "a completely different sport." You can count...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

P.K. Subban scores OT winner vs. Sens

P.K. Subban scored 23 seconds into overtime to give the Canadiens an improbable 5-4 victory over the Senators Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Montreal allowed 44 shots and only an inspired performance by Carey Price kept the Canadiens in the game. In a game filled with bizarre twists, Tomas Plekanec was credited with the tying goal at 11:02 of the third period. Craig...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadiens slip past Senators 5-4 in OT

Carey Price made 40 saves and P.K. Subban scored the overtime winner and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4 Thursday night. Subban scored 23 seconds into the extra period as his shot trickled through Craig Anderson's legs. Tomas Plekanec scored twice and Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais also scored for the Canadiens, who defeated the Senators for the...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tomas Plekanec Emerging as a Defensive Forward, Selke Candidate

The Frank J. Selke Trophy for the best defensive forward was first handed out in 1978 and recent winners like Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, and Pavel Datsyuk come to mind as obvious candidates for the award. The trio was followed by Anze Kopitar, David Backes, and Jay McClement in last year’s voting. In Montreal, Tomas Plekanec is putting his name in the mix with this season...
Via The Farm Club
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Something Is Not Right In Montreal

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, It's not panic time in Montreal yet, but there's still something amiss with a Canadiens team that, after Wednesdays 3-1 loss to red-hot Philadelphia, has managed to win back-to-back games just once in the past month. Wednesday was more of the same, with the Flyers jumping to a 3-0 lead before the game was halfway over and the Canadiens&...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Team Czech Republic Official Olympic Roster by   Steven Ellis

The Czech Republic have announced their 25 man roster that hopes to improve on their seventh place finish back in 2010. There are ten returnees from 2010, including Tomas Kaberle and Tomas Plekanec, however the team still lacks high end skill unlike Sweden, Russia and Canada. Among the question marks for the Czech’s belong between the pipes, as Ondrej Pavelec’s not [...]
Via The Hockey House
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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