Unlikely Leafs combo helps beat Canucks

The presence of Frederik Gauthier and Martin Marincin on the roster is often cited as reasons the Maple Leafs aren’t to be taken seriously as playoff contenders.Yet, the big men loomed large at both ends in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks that put the Leafs another point up on the Florida Panthers in the close race for third-place seeding in the Atlantic Division.In another...

Canada beats Finland in world juniors to face Russia in gold medal game – National

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Canada was looking for payback.The national team got it, and then some, in a dominant wire-to-wire performance Saturday at the world junior hockey championship.The Canadians scored three times before their semifinal with Finland was four minutes old in cruising to a 5-0 victory that sets up a mouth-watering gold-medal showdown with Russia on Sunday.Alexis Lafreniere...

Laval native Bernier backstops Detroit to 2-1 win over Canadiens

The Detroit Red Wings are proving that old adage on any given night any team in the NHL can beat another team.Especially if the team that isn’t supposed to win gets great goaltending.That was the case Saturday as the Red Wings, the team with the worst record in the NHL, defeated the Canadiens 2-1 at the Bell Centre.Chalk this one up to the inspired play of Laval native Jonathan Bernier. He...

Canadiens Game Day: Former captains inspire Habs to end slump

Maybe the Canadiens should invite their former captains to every game at the Bell Centre.Or maybe they should just let the players wear the sweaters of former captains and Hall of Famers during the pregame warmups.Those two factors might have helped the Canadiens end their eight-game winless streak (0-5-3) with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.“I think it...

In the Habs’ Room: ‘We let their most dangerous player get behind us’

BOSTON — Claude Julien was not a happy camper after the Canadiens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Boston Bruins on Sunday night at the TD Garden.The Bruins took the lead on a third-period power-play goal by David Backes, and Julien took exception to the holding call against Nick Cousins that gave the Bruins the advantage.“I thought we played really, really well, but the penalty call behind the...

Canadiens extend losing streak to eight games after early lead against Bruins

BOSTON — The Canadiens played a near-perfect road game for 46 minutes Sunday, but learned a good team like the Bruins will take advantage of any chances you give them as Montreal fell 3-1.The Bruins scored three goals in the third period to extend their winning streak to seven games, while the Canadiens’ losing streak has hit eight games (0-5-3).Montreal took a lead early in the game and...

Habs shorthanded on defence as they try to avenge Bruins’ 8-1 drubbing

BOSTON — If the Canadiens weren’t already the underdogs going into Sunday’s game against the Bruins (7 p.m., Sportsnet RDS, TSN 690 Radio), their chances of winning were further diminished when top-four defenceman Victor Mete left Saturday’s home loss against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury.Mete remained in Montreal Sunday as the team’s medical staff worked to...

Habs lose confidence in backup goalie Keith Kinkaid | HI/O Bonus 2

In this bonus episode, our panelists — Montreal Gazette columnist Stu Cowan, CBC Daybreak Montreal’s Jessica Rusnak, comedian and Bruins fan Joey Elias, and host Adam Susser — discuss how it appears that Canadiens head coach Claude Julien has lost confidence in No. 2 netminder Keith Kinkaid.Related Check us out:Facebook: facebook.com/hockeyinsideoutTwitter: twitter.com/habsioVideo...

In the Habs’ Room: We were better, but lack confidence, Julien says

The Canadiens played better, but that wasn’t good enough to end the team’s losing streak, which extended to seven games with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at the Bell Centre.“I thought we played a great game,” said Tomas Tatar, who scored two goals. “We had our gaps, we were battling and we had a lot of chances, but we still lost. We just have to dig...

Canadiens extend losing streak to 7 games with OT loss to Flyers

The Canadiens’ losing streak reached seven games Saturday as Ivan Provorov scored 31 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 win at the Bell Centre.The Canadiens are 0-4-3 in the streak and face a formidable task Sunday as they play the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins.The Canadiens fired a fusillade of shots — 42 to be exact — but Philadelphia goaltender Brian...