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About Last Night: Habs win 6-3 with front office in flux

  About Last Night: Habs win 6-3 with front office in flux It was a busy night both on and off the ice for the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. While Jake Allen made 47 saves in a 6-3 win for his club over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena, the Habs announced assistant general manager Scott Mellanby had resigned from his post. The Canadiens may not have planned to make such an announcement during the middle of a game, but they were given little choice: rumours about the Canadiens talking to former New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton were making the rounds, signalling management changes are afoot. Here’s what the insiders were saying on Twitter: Very intriguing situation in Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Kale Clague (43) strains to tip the puck away during second period in Montreal on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Montreal Canadiens defenseman Kale Clague (43) strains to tip the puck away during second period in Montreal on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

The decimated Montreal Canadiens hung on for the first 57 minutes of their rematch against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre on Tuesday, but late goals by Corey Perry and Ondrej Palat sealed a 3-2 victory for the champs.

These were not the same Habs as the ones who faced the Bolts in the Stanley Cup final back in June/July. Because of offseason moves and injuries, only eight players from that squad suited up Tuesday. That includes backup Jake Allen, who got the call tonight. It could have been an anticlimactic game, given where each team currently stands, but the plucky, depleted Canadiens gave a spirited effort.

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  Jack Todd: Firings mark the end of a tumultuous 2021 for the Canadiens Marc Bergevin, the lively prankster who enlivened the culture of the Canadiens from the day he was hired in 2012, entered with a bang but left with a whimper, a long-haired, weary individual whose sense of humour appeared to depart long before he did. Less than five months after his team was defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, Bergevin (who had been fighting COVID-19) is out of a job. Bergevin’s firing was announced Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the resignation of his assistant GM, Scott Mellanby, who quit after being informed that he would not be hired as either GM or director of hockey operations despite “extensive talks” with owner and

Earlier in the day, Habs defenceman David Savard received his ring as a member of that Cup-winning Lightning team:

In the first, new Canadiens defenceman Kale Clague made an unfortunate first impression, fanning on the clearing attempt behind the net and sending it right on Pat Maroon’s stick. The Stanley Cup good luck charm beat a surprised Allen to make it 1-0. The Habs held their own in the first, even killing a penalty on Ben Chiarot, but still found themselves down a goal after the opening period.

Savard played a strong game against his former mates. In the second, Nick Suzuki grabbed the puck in his zone and skated it down before dishing to Jonathan Drouin, who caught a streaking Savard headed toward the net. Savard made a move to get in front and passed to an open Suzuki to his left. Suzuki banged it home to tie the game 1-1.

Where do the Montreal Canadiens Go From Here?

  Where do the Montreal Canadiens Go From Here? The Habs made big changes on Sunday, signaling the start of a new era for the storied franchise. This organization desperately needs all-encompassing change, and that is now Jeff Gorton’s task. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports It was long coming, the end of the Marc Bergevin Era with the Montreal Canadiens. The axe dropped on Bergevin, as well as assistant GM Trevor Timmins and public relations head honcho Paul Wilson, on Sunday afternoon.

Less than three minutes later, the Canadiens took the lead. Suzuki won the draw to Mike Hoffman on his right. Hoffman moved toward the centre, shooting through a screen and beating Andrei Vasilevskiy short side. Hoffman was credited with the goal, but it may have hit Drouin on the way to the net. Either way, it was 2-1 Montreal. Suzuki got his 100th career point.

In between the two goals, Christian Dvorak got tangled up with Cal Foote and left the game in discomfort. He didn’t return to the game. With just over five minutes remaining in the second, Alexander Romanov connected on one of three hits during the game, this time with the legs of Anthony Cirelli. Zach Bogosian took exception to the low hit, and dropped the gloves with an unprepared Romanov. Bogosian got five minutes for fighting, two for the instigator and a 10-minute misconduct. Romanov got a fighting major and two minutes for tripping. The period ended with the Habs holding on to a 2-1 lead.

Why Marc Bergevin Went From Cup Finalist to Fired in Six Months

  Why Marc Bergevin Went From Cup Finalist to Fired in Six Months What decision(s) punched Bergevin's ticket out of Montreal before he could finish the last year of his contract as GM? © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Marc Bergevin (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports) On June 27, 2021, Marc Bergevin greeted reporters at Stanley Cup Media Day, taking questions on his Montreal Canadiens’ miraculous, upset-laden post-season, expressing how grateful he was to see veterans Carey Price and Shea Weber reach their first final. Six months and one day later, Bergevin was fired as Habs GM.

The Canadiens gained more momentum to start the third when they successfully killed their second penalty of the night. Then Allen, with a little help from Savard, stuffed Alex Killorn with a pad save, followed by another save on the rebound.

Habs fans haven’t had much to cheer about this season, but they respect a solid effort, and the Bell Centre crowd showed their appreciation to the home team. Artturi Lehkonen had a clean breakaway, but the puck hit the top of Vasilevskiy’s stick.

But the Tampa Bay Lightning are the champs for a reason, and they were able to turn on the switch with little time remaining. At 17:51, Corey Perry tied the game against his former team. Perry was driving the net with aplomb all night, and a goal from him seemed inevitable. He was in the right place in front to redirect a Steven Stamkos pass.

Conor Garland helps Canucks top Habs 2-1 to snap four-game losing skid

  Conor Garland helps Canucks top Habs 2-1 to snap four-game losing skid MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks had abysmal starts to their season. Monday night, the Canucks had the upper hand. Conor Garland had the winner in the second period as Vancouver held on for a 2-1 win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre as the Canucks snapped a four-game losing skid. “There’s a lot of adversity around our group,” said head coach Travis Green. “We've talked about before the game, things are going tough, we’re going through adversity. It shows a lot about the players as individuals, it shows a lot about the team and how you respond.” “We talked about character and times like this reveal a lot about players and teams.

With just under 40 seconds remaining, Palat dealt the final blow to the Habs. After collecting the puck off the boards, Killorn waited for Palat to streak in toward the net before connecting with a pass. Palat went backhand to forehand and beat Allen for the 3-2 game-winner.

With so many regulars out, few would have given the Canadiens a chance against the Lightning, so one could view Tuesday’s performance as better than expected. Then again, the Bolts snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, or given the way the season has gone, the Canadiens found another way to lose. It remains to be seen who, if anyone, will return to the lineup for Montreal on Thursday, but at least Laurent Dauphin probably earned himself another game.


For the Liveblog commenters, yes, there’s $50 million of players out of the lineup, but they weren’t exactly winning with more hands on deck, either.

Canadiens Notebook: More line changes as coach looks for a spark .
Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme juggled his lines — again — at practice Monday in Pittsburgh. Ducharme had Nick Suzuki on the first line between Mike Hoffman and Mathieu Perreault, while Jake Evans was between Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia on the second line. The third line had Ryan Poehling between Artturi Lehkonen and Cole Caufield, and the fourth line had Cédric Paquette with Michael Pezzetta and Laurent Dauphin and Jesse Ylönen rotating at right wing.

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