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POSTED ON Wednesday, 19.03.2014 / 1:48 PM

The health status of Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon has improved significantly over the last several days according to the Star Phoenix newspaper in Saskatoon.

The 19-year-old left the ICU at the University of Saskatoon’s Royal Hospital over the weekend. He is still battling Neisseria meningitis, which mandated that he be admitted to hospital on Mar. 1 before being placed in an artificial coma.

According to his parents, Philippe and Helene, Tim is awake, moving around in his bed and is trying to feed himself and talk. He is currently listed in stable condition.

His loved ones continue to receive incredible support from across the globe which has helped them during this difficult time.

As announced last week, a trust has been created in Tim Bozon’s name by the WHL to help cover the costs of both his medical treatment and rehabilitation. All donations can be sent to:

Tim Bozon Trust c/o Western Hockey League
2424 University Drive NW
Calgary AB
T2N 3Y9

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 18.03.2014 / 12:10 PM

- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of their tilt against the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre. The Habs will be looking to extend their current winning streak to three games.

- Tuesday night’s tilt will mark the return of Patrick Roy to the Bell Centre for the first as an NHL head coach. In his first season behind the bench in Colorado, the 48-year-old Hall of Famer has sparked a turnaround in the Mile High City, helping the Avalanche earn a spot among the premier teams in the Western Conference.

Michel Therrien, who also worked his way up the coaching ranks via the QMJHL, has a healthy respect for his coaching counterpart and the manner in which he steadily built his resume during eight seasons with the Quebec Remparts. Needless to say, the Canadiens bench boss also understands that a rather unique situation awaits his troops with the return of one of the most decorated Habs in team history.

“It will be a different atmosphere in the building tonight with Patrick’s return. We’ll likely have a very competitive game between the two teams. It shows at what point Patrick is passionate about hockey and about coaching. He could’ve chosen a different road to get there, but the fact that he worked with kids for years, in my eyes, I respect him a lot for that,” offered Therrien.

- With a record of 21-9-2 away from the friendly confines of the Pepsi Center, the Avalanche clearly know what it takes to win on the road. For their part, the Canadiens know full well the bevy of offensively-gifted weapons they’ll be trying to shut down on Tuesday night, and they fully intend on doing just that.

“They’re going to be coming hard to try to get [Patrick] two points, so we’re going to do everything we can to spoil it and continue our push,” offered Brandon Prust, who has five goals and 11 points in 51 games during the 2013-14 campaign. “We know the situation. You don’t have to be from Quebec or a Montreal fan your whole life to know what happened and what he means to Montreal and what he did here, but for us it doesn’t matter. We’re looking for two points. We’re making a push for the playoffs and making sure that we keep climbing in the standings. Whenever we step on the ice, that’s all that matters.”

- Carey Price will be making his 50th start of the season on Tuesday night. Price is 0-2-1 with a 3.61 GAA in three career outings against Colorado. He will go up against Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who helped the Avalanche best the Canadiens 4-1 when the two teams met in early November in Denver.

- Based on the lines featured at the morning skate, the Canadiens will likely field the same lineup that bested the Sabres 2-0 on Sunday night in Buffalo.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.

Projected lineup vs. Colorado

Briere-Plekanec-Gallagher
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gionta
Weise-Prust-Moen
Parros-Bourque-White

Bouillon-Subban
Emelin-Markov
Tinordi-Weaver
Murray

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POSTED ON Monday, 17.03.2014 / 12:47 PM

BROSSARD – On Monday morning, the Canadiens held an optional practice at the Bell Sports Complex.

- Forwards on the ice were Alex Galchenyuk, Michael Bournival, Ryan White, Dale Weise, George Parros, Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher.

- Defensemen on the ice were Jarred Tinordi and Douglas Murray.

- Carey Price, Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski were all present at practice.

- After practice, the Canadiens assigned Michael Bournival to the Hamilton Bulldogs on a conditioning stint. Bournival is recovered from a concussion and will be ready to resume game action in the AHL.

- The Habs will welcome the Patrick Roy-coached Colorado Avalanche to the Bell Centre on Tuesday.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 16.03.2014 / 11:30 AM

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Canadiens’ spectacular comeback against the Senators on Saturday night at the Bell Centre was a first in NHL history. No team prior to last night’s tilt had managed to win a game when trailing by three goals with less than five minutes remaining. Thus, the goals scored by Lars Eller (16:38), Brian Gionta (17:56) and David Desharnais (19:59) in regulation time, along with Francis Bouillon’s overtime marker, allowed the Canadiens to erase a 4-1 deficit to secure a historic 5-4 win.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 16.03.2014 / 11:02 AM

- The Canadiens have recalled Dustin Tokarski from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 15.03.2014 / 12:48 PM

- The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Saturday morning ahead of their tilt against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. The Habs will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

- Before the start of practice, Clement Jodoin spent about half an hour working on the power play on one side of the ice, while Stephane Waite, for his part, spent one-on-one time with Carey Price, who will be returning to NHL action on Saturday night for the first time since Feb. 8. It will be Price’s 49th start of the season.


Carey Price will play tonight. It’s great news. He had a really good day at practice on Friday. He went through that process. He worked really hard and felt good. We met with him after practice, and we were saying yesterday that we’d see how he was feeling this morning. We met with him and the medical staff and they confirmed that he’s ready to play,” offered head coach Michel Therrien, who was visibly excited to confirm the return of his starter after an eight-game absence. “He’s had his mindset since Thursday that he wanted to make a comeback. He’s got to think like that. He looked really good yesterday. He looked good again this morning.”

- The lines Michel Therrien utilized during the morning skate were the same as those fielded by the Canadiens bench boss at practice on Friday morning. Defenseman Mike Weaver could be a healthy scratch, while forwards Rene Bourque, Ryan White and George Parros could also be scratches against Ottawa.

- Daniel Briere will be playing alongside a few familiar faces come Saturday night. The 36-year-old, who has gone pointless in his last six games, will be reunited on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta to form a trio that saw its fair share of success earlier this season. Briere, who hasn’t lit the lamp since posting a two-goal effort on Feb. 27 in Pittsburgh, is hopeful the line can click quickly against the Senators.

“It’s exciting. I love the look of our lineup. I think we can be dangerous. Obviously, it’s a great chance once again for me. Our line had a lot of success the first few games we played together. I’m looking forward to it,” praised Briere, who has 17 goals and 40 points in 46 career games against Ottawa. “For some reason, it works out. Sometimes chemistry is tough to explain. If you would’ve said which players I would’ve had the most chemistry with at the beginning of the year, I probably wouldn’t have picked them. But, it works. We just to seem to know where each other is out there. Hopefully, it translates once again on the ice.”

- Thomas Vanek has spent the better part of his NHL career playing on the left side of the ice, but the 30-year-old winger will see some time on the right side against the Senators. That suits the Austrian-born forward just fine, most notably because he’ll have the opportunity to play with a pair of offensive threats in their own right in Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais.

“It’s fine. Obviously, I’ve played the majority of my career on the left, but any time you get the opportunity to play with two good players, I think you take it and you make the best of it,” noted Vanek, who has one assist in three games since being dealt to the Canadiens back on Mar. 5. “We’ve had a good couple of practices together.”

- Michael Bournival, who is still listed on injured reserve, skated alongside Bourque and Parros, rotating in and out with Ryan White.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.

Projected lineup vs. OTT:
Briere-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Moen-Prust-Weise
Bourque-White-Parros
Bournival

Bouillon-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Murray-Tinordi
Weaver

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POSTED ON Friday, 14.03.2014 / 11:47 AM
BROSSARD – On Friday morning, the Canadiens held practice at the Bell Sports Complex.

- Michael Bournival was cleared for full contact and practiced with a regular red jersey. He had been out since February 6 with concussion symptoms. On Friday, Bournival took turn on Ryan White’s line during practice.

- Carey Price took part in the practice alongside Peter Budaj and
Dustin Tokarski.

- After working on the powerplay, the players took part in high intensity battle drills in the offensive zone. On one occasion, Alexei Emelin checked Lars Eller to the ground along the boards, drawing cheers from their teammates.

- Thomas Vanek worked out alongside Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais. The trio was assembled last weekend for powerplay usage, but is now skating together on a full-time basis.



LINES AT PRACTICE

Briere-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
Moen-Prust-Weise
Bourque-White-Parros
Bournival

Bouillon-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Murray-Tinordi
Weaver
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 10:26 AM
BROSSARD – The Canadiens held a morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex, ahead of the evening’s game against the Boston Bruins

- The coaches spent time before the start of practice working on the powerplay. Thomas Vanek lined up alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty on the first powerplay wave while Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Daniel Briere alternated as the forwards on the second wave.

- The Habs are gearing up for their third season match-up against the Bruins, having won the two previous 2013-14 confrontations against Boston. Going back to last season, Montreal is a perfect 5-0 against their division rival.

“They’ve been close games and we’ve just been on the better side of those close games. For us we just want to focus on what we do well. We’re a fast team so we want to get on the forecheck and play an intense style of hockey,” acknowledged Brendan Gallagher. “Everyone knows the style the Bruins want to play. They’re a big, physical team which can hit and make plays. We’ve been successful at sticking with what we do well and we need to do that again tonight.”

- Francis Bouillon will draw back into the lineup on Wednesday night. It will be the veteran defenseman’s 38th game of the season, he who had been in and out of the lineup due to a glut of defensemen on the roster.

“It wont be the first time that I come back into the lineup after missing several games,” said Bouillon, who is in his 11th season with the Habs. “It’s not easy to get back and find your full confidence. I’ll try to stay in my game plan and find my game as quickly as possible. The game against the Bruins will be very important for the standings at the end of the season.”

“I have full confidence that Francis Bouillon will be a strong presence for us,” offered coach Michel Therrien, who paired the veteran blueliner with P.K. Subban during the morning skate and also employed him on powerplay drills. “He’s always had a great work ethic and attitude even when he is not playing, and he’s in good enough shape to handle a big workload.”

- Michael Bournival practiced wearing a non-contact jersey

- Brandon Prust will return to the lineup against the Bruins.

- Carey Price participated in the full on-ice workout and is nearing a return to play.

- Peter Budaj will make the start against Boston. The Slovakian netminder was in front of the net in the Habs’ last game versus the Bruins, a 4-1 win in Boston.


Projected lineup vs. BOS:

Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Galchenyuk-Eller-Briere
Moen-White-Prust

Bouillon-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Murray-Tinordi

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.03.2014 / 1:15 PM
MONTREAL – After posing for team pictures on Tuesday morning, the Canadiens practiced at the Bell Centre.

Michael Bournival practiced wearing a non-contact jersey, while Brandon Prust has been cleared for full contact and wore a regular white jersey.

Carey Price participated in the on-ice workout and is nearing a return to play.

Douglas Murray had a therapy day and did not skate.

The team spent a great deal of time working on their powerplay and penalty kill schemes. Thomas Vanek lined up alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty on the first powerplay wave while remaining with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta in other drills. Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Daniel Briere alternated as the forwards on the second wave.

After practice, Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Francis Bouillon will return to the lineup on Wednesday against Boston. All other personnel decisions will be announced on game day.


Lines at practice:

Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta
Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Galchenyuk-Eller-Briere
Bourque-White-Weise
Bournival-Prust-Parros

Bouillon-Subban
Markov-Emelin
Tinordi-Weaver.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 08.03.2014 / 3:50 PM

Every player took the ice for the morning skate in San Jose after a day off on Friday. Carey Price joined his teammates midway through practice after undergoing treatment on his lower body injury.

Michael Bournival (concussion) was the lone member of the blue no-contact jersey club on Saturday morning as Brandon Prust donned a red sweater for the first time since suffering an upper body injury in mid-February. Prust received the green light from team doctors to play but will not be in the lineup against San Jose.

“Medically, he’s ready to play but he hasn’t had a full practice with the team since the Olympic break, so we want to give him at least a practice with the team before he plays a game,” explained head coach Michel Therrien. “It’s been two weeks since we’ve been able to have a real, full practice because we’ve played a lot of games in a short period of time. He’s cleared to play, but we’ll give him a few practices to get ready and he’ll be in the lineup against the Bruins on Wednesday.”

Max Pacioretty's 30th of the season

For a second time in his NHL career, Max Pacioretty has reached the 30-goal benchmark in a season. With 17 games left to go until the end of the regular season, the 27-year-old sniper hasn’t started looking ahead to the next milestone he has to cross off his Bucket List.

“I’m just worried about trying to win hockey games, [scoring 40 goals] never crossed my mind,” underlined the New Canaan, CT native. “There’s a reason I say I always love playing with Davey [Desharnais] and it’s because he’s an unselfish player. He doesn’t need the glory; he just goes out there and makes the right play. I have to credit a lot of my success to playing with him.”

Peter Budaj will enjoy his 20th outing of the year on Saturday night, looking to build on his 3-6-1 record against San Jose in 10 career starts against.

Daniel Briere will hit another career milestone against the Sharks, set to suit up for his 900th game in the league. The 36-year-old forward has 297 goals and 680 points so far in his 16-year NHL career, including nine goals and 14 points against San Jose.

Back at the Shark Tank for the first time since leaving his former team, bruising Habs blue-liner Douglas Murray isn’t about to hold back on his friends and former teammates when he hits the ice at SAP Center as a visitor on Saturday night.

“I’m a little weird; I think I actually play harder against my friends,” admitted Murray with a laugh, having left the Sharks for the Penguins at the trade deadline last year before signing as a free agent in Montreal in July. “I think the biggest thing for me is trying to stay calm and focused on my game, not looking for the big hits because I usually get myself in trouble with that. Hopefully with the experience I have I’ll try to play a solid game for us and not worry about that. If I get a chance, though, I’ll let one go.”

Lines and D pairings at practice

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
Vanek-Plekanec-Gionta
Galchenyuk-Eller-Bourque
Moen-Briere-White
Prust-Bournival-Weise-Parros

Markov-Emelin
Tinordi-Subban
Murray-Weaver
Bouillon

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