Canadiens clinging to hope that miracle run to playoffs is still possible - Sportsnet.ca

The Montreal Canadiens have fought, and fought valiantly with their backs against the wall to pull off a miraculous run to make the playoffs. But reality catches up to everyone eventually, and the Canadiens are no exception.

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'At the end of the day, it’s pretty simple: We’re going to have to get on a really good winning streak if we plan on getting back into this hunt.” Reality catches up to everyone eventually, and the CanadiensMTL are no exception. (via EricEngels)

The Montreal Canadiens have fought, and fought valiantly with their backs against the wall to pull off a miraculous run to make the playoffs. But reality catches up to everyone eventually, and the Canadiens are no exception.

Minnesota Wild on Monday. It’s entirely possible the pressure of their situation has become too stifling for this Canadiens group. It would make for a perfect explanation of why they’ve fallen into a habit they established early in the season, wherein they allow a goal against in the final minute of a period. That happened for a 16th time (not including empty-net goals) when Brett Kulak allowed Zucker to beat him to the middle of the slot for his second goal as a Penguin. It was just 36 seconds after the Canadiens had clawed their way back to a 2-1 deficit on a power play goal from Brendan Gallagher. "That third goal really hurt us," said Canadiens coach Claude Julien. It just about killed them. Then the Penguins suffocated them into a coma for the rest of the game, and pulled the plug with Zach Aston-Reese’s empty-net goal. Sign up for NHL newsletters Get the best of our NHL coverage and exclusives delivered directly to your inbox! NHL Newsletter *I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time. Maybe it’s not just the pressure of knowing that, starting on this night, they had to win at a clip no other team in the league’s been able to just to keep their season alive. Maybe it’s that they’ve been fighting so hard — through injuries, bumps, bruises and illness — that they just don’t have enough gas left to match up with the superior teams they’ve faced this week. When that question was put to Julien after Friday’s game, he didn’t dismiss it. "We’ll see with time, right," he said. "It’s actually a reality [that they could be out of gas]. We don’t want to go there as far as… As a team we feel that we want to keep pushing. “I know our chances are getting slimmer every game we lose, but we look around and we have a little bit of help like last night [the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers both lost in regulation on Thursday] and it gives you hope. “And, at the end of the day, it’s pretty simple: We’re going to have to get on a really good winning streak if we plan on getting back into this hunt." Tape to Tape Senior Writer Ryan Dixon and NHL Editor Rory Boylen always give it 110%, but never rely on clichés when it comes to podcasting. Instead, they use a mix of facts, fun and a varied group of hockey voices to cover Canada’s most beloved game. Read more: Sportsnet

CanadiensMTL EricEngels Delusional franchise. They should be weakening their roster to get the best pick possible and maybe get a lottery spot. CanadiensMTL EricEngels Did they watch the games? EricEngels CanadiensMTL It was a hell of a fight they put up this year. I mean they made it until the end of December before they completely fell out of the playoff race. That’s pretty good isn’t it 🤔

CanadiensMTL EricEngels `Nope. Ain't happenin'. EricEngels CanadiensMTL A three game losing streak isn’t valiant wtf CanadiensMTL EricEngels Great article. Hope they find a way to finish strong. CanadiensMTL EricEngels Lol CanadiensMTL EricEngels If we win the 22 games we have left we’re only gonna get 105 points lol. It’s over. Accept it and move on. This team is mediocre

EricEngels CanadiensMTL CanadiensMTL EricEngels Do Julian really think he’s good enough to put this in the playoffs with only a few games to go. His sister doesn’t work ,hasn’t work since he came back ,and who,ever is in charge of the power play hahaha maybe take a couple hours and watch some video on what the good teams up to

CanadiensMTL EricEngels They'd have to finish 18-4 just to get to 96 points which *might* be enough. Not happening.

Canadiens leave Boston bruised, battered with playoff hopes dwindling - Sportsnet.caWhile the CanadiensMTL have not abandoned their battle for the playoffs, it was painfully clear before they were dominated by the NHLBruins that the task was a monumental one and it’s only grown larger with Shea Weber's injury. (By EricEngels) CanadiensMTL NHLBruins EricEngels It’s ovah. Time for Bergevin to prepare for deadline day as a seller. CanadiensMTL NHLBruins EricEngels Dominated? Habs had two posts and the better scoring chances. 3 goals by Pasternak and an open netter. Bruins live off the powerplay and never impressed me the whole night especialkt 5 on 5. Lmao!😂🤣 CanadiensMTL NHLBruins EricEngels Dominated? Did you watch the same game? Bruins were far from perfect and Habs it a crossbar and post. Their goalie made the difference.😂🤣

CanadiensMTL EricEngels Do you make these storylines up ? Christ they’re farther back now than they were at the All Star break . Come on man WTFU CanadiensMTL EricEngels Owner and GM are delusional CanadiensMTL EricEngels Hahahahah Claude’s coaching career is over CanadiensMTL EricEngels Oh for goodness sake, just get the offseason going and let the kids play. This season has been done since December.

CanadiensMTL EricEngels Fireclaudejulien Bergevinout CanadiensMTL EricEngels Live look at the Habs playoff push... MikeHeika CanadiensMTL EricEngels Well, let’s let it start February 16th. CanadiensMTL EricEngels Claude Julien....an internal saboteur to the Habs on-ice affairs due to him still secretly kissing the ass of the Booins and their fucked in the head fans.... = P

CanadiensMTL EricEngels So when he says “back in the hunt,” is he talking from the fox’s perspective? CanadiensMTL EricEngels

Bruins' Chara fined $5K for cross-checking Canadiens' Gallagher - Sportsnet.caBoston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara has been fined $5,000 by the NHL Department of Player Safety for a cross-check on Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher. NHLBruins CanadiensMTL Fines dont resolve nothing....just says to he player do it again see what happens....sickening NHLBruins CanadiensMTL Explain to me how that was any different than Kadri last year? NHLBruins CanadiensMTL like that’s gonna do anything

CanadiensMTL EricEngels CanadiensMTL EricEngels Delusional Habs CanadiensMTL EricEngels CanadiensMTL EricEngels It’s not CanadiensMTL EricEngels Habs suck!! EricEngels CanadiensMTL Lmao they are going to start Price tomorrow. CanadiensMTL EricEngels Bye bye Julien EricEngels CanadiensMTL So, Price starting against Dallas? Boston and Pens were always going to be tough to take to OT let alone win in regulation, so the result should already have been built into any faint hope. The loss to the Yotes hurt. Dallas would hurt more. But if they lose AGAIN to Detroit!

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Penguins' standard of excellence a model for Canadiens to follow - Sportsnet.caYou don’t become great by aiming for just good. The penguins set the bar at Stanley Cup or bust each year. Adopting that standard of excellence would be transformative for a CanadiensMTL team looking to one day reach those same heights. (EricEngels) penguins CanadiensMTL EricEngels the canadiens dont have a Sidney Crosby with his greatness clock ticking. penguins CanadiensMTL EricEngels So instead of retooling and trying to make the playoffs follow the Pittsburg/Chicago play book and suck and draft high. Tired of this mediocre play that still results in no playoffs. Fire MB penguins CanadiensMTL EricEngels Ok but......how. Unclear on the recommended course of action.

Alex Bregman apologizes, hopes to regain trust of all baseball fans - Sportsnet.ca“I have learned from this and I hope regain the trust of baseball fans.” astros infielder Alex Bregman apologized for his role in the sign-stealing scandal on Thursday. astros astros I think Houston should trade him to the jays now astros

Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara fined $5K for cross-checking Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher - TSN.caBoston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for cross-checking Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher. That's like fining an average person a nickle. The only way to get this kind of thing out of the game is to add a couple of zeroes to that number or even better, base the fine on a player's salary. MINIMUM fine should be the amount the player will make for that game.

Jason Zucker's two goals help Pittsburgh Penguins beat Montreal Canadiens - TSN.caNewly-acquired Jason Zucker scored his first two goals with the Pittsburgh Penguins during a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Zucker scored his 15th and 16th of the season in a 1:42 span while Sidney Crosby had three assists.



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