POSTED ON Wednesday, 18.04.2012 / 10:07 AM

-The St-John Sea Dogs and Nathan Beaulieu will square off against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the QMJHL semi-finals. Up to now, Beaulieu has registered eight points in as many games, coming up with a plus-15 differential.

-Morgan Ellis, Michael Bournival and the Shawinigan Cataractes saw their playoff stretch stopped yesterday, after falling 3-2 to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in game number 7. Both players will nonetheless be part of the Memorial Cup at the end of May in Shawinigan. Ellis recorded 11 points in 11 games whereas Bournival registered seven points in 11 games.

-In the WHL, the Tri-City Americans along with Patrick Holland are still staying afloat, with game number 7 being played out tonight. Five out of the six games were decided by one goal, three of them scored in overtime. Holland has recorded 12 points in nine games.

-In the OHL, the London Knights and Jarred Tinordi kick off the semi finals Thursday night against the Kitchener Rangers. In the first two rounds, the 6’7” defenseman tallied five points in 10 games.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 17.04.2012 / 3:21 PM

- Émile Bouchard's funeral will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. at Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue church at the corner of Saint-Charles Street and Chemin de Chambly, in Longueuil. The family will receive condolences in front of the church from 10 a.m.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 14.04.2012 / 8:48 AM
- The Montreal Canadiens organization was deeply saddened to learn that Emile "Butch" Bouchard passed away at age 92.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.04.2012 / 11:35 AM

 - Lars Eller (Denmark), Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic), Alexei Emelin (Russia), P.K. Subban (Canada) and Max Pacioretty (United States) will be lacing up to represent their respective countries at the World Hockey Championships, taking place at the beginning of May in Finland and Sweden.  

 - In the QMJHL, Nathan Beaulieu is continuing to turn in strong performances for the Sea Dogs, logging three assists in his team’s first two victories over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Morgan Ellis and the Cataractes are tied up with one game apiece against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, with Ellis scoring a goal in both games and Michaël Bournival recording an assist. 

 - In the OHL, Jarred Tinordi and the Knight are trailing 2-1 in their series against the Saginaw Spirit, while in the WHL, Patrick Holland and the Americans are tied with the Spokane Cheifs at one game each.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.04.2012 / 11:41 AM

- 27 players were on the ice for morning skate on Saturday, including Brian Gionta, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche and Scott Gomez, who have missed 39, 26 and 20 games, respectively, with injuries.

- None of the injured players will return to action against the Leafs. There will be no changes to the lineup from Thursday night.

- Peter Budaj will get his fourth consecutive start on Saturday night.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.04.2012 / 10:50 AM
- Tomas Kaberle will be back in action against his former team on Thursday night.

- Alexei Emelin will miss Thursday's game with an upper-body injury.

- Peter Budaj will get his third start in as many games.

- No practice scheduled for the Canadiens Thursday morning with their match-up with the Carolina Hurricanes only a few hours away. Habs head coach Randy Cunneyworth will speak with the media at 5:00 p.m.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.04.2012 / 11:47 AM


- Carey Price was examined by team doctor Dr. David Mulder this morning. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion. He will be out for the rest of the season.

- Pierre Groulx hung his goalie pads up and was back on his skates with the coaching staff as netminder Robert Mayer geared up for morning practice with the Canadiens on Wednesday.

- Mayer’s Bulldogs teammate Gabriel Dumont was also at practice on Wednesday preparing for the match up against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

- Peter Budaj will be between the pipes for Wednesday’s game against the Bolts. It will be Budaj’s third career start against the Tampa Bay team.

- Randy Cunneyworth confirmed that Tomas Kaberle will not be suiting up for Wednesday’s game. He also confirmed that Gabriel Dumont will center his own line with Aaron Palushaj and Brad Staubitz.

- Cunneyworth also reassured that Erik Cole, who wasn’t at practice on Wednesday, was having a therapy day and will be playing against the Bolts that night.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.04.2012 / 12:28 PM

- For a second practice in a row, Pierre Groulx was between the pipes along with Peter Budaj. Carey Price was absent due to headaches. Ryan White was also absent for a second day in a row.

- After going through a therapy day on Monday, Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov were back at practice Tuesday morning.

- Josh Gorges was awarded the Jacques-Beauchamp-Molson for the 2011-12 season. The trophy is awarded to the player who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honor. More details here.

- Robert Mayer and Gabriel Dumont have been called-up from Hamilton. They should be in Montreal for Wednesday’s practice.Both will be in uniform for the game vs the Bolts, Mayer will be wearing number 65 and Dumont will be wearing number 37.

- Coach Randy Cunneyworth announced that Peter Budaj will be the starting goalie on Wednesday’s game. He also added that Yannick Weber will be out for the remainder of the season.

-Lines at practice :

Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty
Bourque-Plekanec-Leblanc
Blunden-Eller-Geoffrion
Darche-Gomez-Moen
Staubitz-Palushaj

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.04.2012 / 12:03 PM

- Carey Price, Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov all took therapy days, missing Monday morning’s practice.

- Canadiens’ goaltending coach, Pierre Groulx dressed as the second goaltender along with Peter Budaj for the Habs’ morning skate.

- Three injured players, Mathieu Darche, Scott Gomez and Travis Moen came together to form a line during practice.

- After suffering an upper-body injury in the Canadiens game against the Capitals, Petteri Nokelainen was absent from the team’s morning skate. Ryan White also missed practice, out with a cold.

- Tomas Kaberle was on hand for the Canadiens practice on Monday morning, but is still not confirmed to be in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Lightning at the Bell Centre.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 31.03.2012 / 9:27 AM
Join the Habs for Earth Hour

-The signage outside the Bell Centre will be turned off between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night as part of the global Earth Hour movement. Join the Habs in this initiative by turning off all non-essential lighting while tuning in to the game.

- Only a few injured players skated at Verizon Center on Saturday morning.

- Ryan White and Tomas Kaberle will both miss Saturday’s game against the Capitals. Randy Cunneyworth confirmed his lines would stay the same as they were on Friday night.

- Peter Budaj will get his 14th start of the season, looking to get his first win against the Caps in his third career start against Washington.

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