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IN THIS ISSUE

The Catalyst
Armed with the League's top power play two years running, the Canadiens had spent much of 2008-09 unable to work their man advantage mojo. The a familiar face came along and changed all that. His name: Mathieu Schneider.

Out of the shadows
Given the choice between the odds-on favoritre and the dark horse, most people probably wouldn't bet the farm on the long shot. But as Jaroslav Halak keeps proving, rolling the dice on the underdog isn't always a bad thing.

Crossing the line
By definition, a defenseman is supposed to keep the puck out of his net for a living. Every so often, though, one takes his game beyond the position’s usual comfort zone. Just ask Andrei Markov.

Future Watch
Superman may be "faster than a speeding bullet", but put him a pair of skates and chances are good that even the Man of Steel would have trouble catching Danny Kristo.

Blast from the Past
Lighting up cigars to celebrate a birth, smashing bottles of champagne to christen a new boat, or tossing caps in the air at graduation – there are some time-honored traditions that go hand-in-hand with almost all of life’s major milestones.  As some Canadiens players were quick to discover in 1979, though, the Habs’ dressing room was no place to announce a wedding engagement.

Ask Eddy
In the latest installment of our wildly popular feature starring Eddy Palchak, the longtime trainer recalls the Canadiens Stanley Cup dynasties, who he would put in nets in a big game and to what lengths Sam Pollock would go to save a buck.

The Last Word:
Don’t let his MuchMusic VJ past fool you: George Stroumboulopoulos - the opinionated host of CBC’s edgy current affairs show, The Hour - isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and the network brass couldn’t be happier about it.  As comfortable interviewing world leaders as he is punk rockers and star athletes, few topics get Strombo going quite like his beloved Canadiens.  We caught up with the Malton, ON native while he was on assignment for CBC in Montreal to learn more about his lifelong love affair with the bleu-blanc-rouge.


On the Fly
Quick hits, insider chatter, and other random facts including:

- The Love Doctor: Georges Laraque
- Abducted by Aliens: Mathieu Dandenault
- My Influences: Max Pacioretty
- My Playlist: Glen Metropolit
- Dining Out with Alex Tanguay
- Behind Enemy Lines: Teemu Selanne on Saku Koivu

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Looking for the best way to break in a new pair of skates? Ever wonder how Larry Robinson got the nickname “Big Bird”? Trying to figure out how to convert your girlfriend into a hockey fan? With his name on the Stanley Cup 10 times, longtime Canadiens equipment manager Eddy Palchak has seen it all. Here’s your chance to pick the brain of one the most colorful characters in club history. Why chance it on your own when you can just “Ask Eddy”? Send us your question today and it could end up featured in an upcoming issue of CANADIENS magazine answered by the man himself!