Habs Inside/Out

December 10, 2006

Search continues for Bob Gainey's daughter, missing at sea

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 11:10 PM

gainey_58531.jpgLaura Gainey
Picton Castle photo

With darkness spreading over the Atlantic tonight, ''devastated'' crew members of a Nova Scotia tall ship were making final attempts to find the daughter of Canadiens vice-president and general manager Bob Gainey.

Laura Gainey, the 25-year-old who recently discovered her passion for sailing the high seas on the square-rigged, three-masted Picton Castle, was swept off the 44-metre barque's rear deck by waves during a powerful storm on Friday night.

The Canadiens have announced that Pierre Gauthier, Gainey's assistant, would assume the team's general manager's duties until further notice.

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Canadiens await word on Souray injury

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 8:17 PM

Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray, his right wrist injured in a collision on the boards with Buffalo's Paul Gaustad Saturday night, is reported to have had an MRI done today, and his status for Tuesday's game with Boston, and beyond, should be clearer Monday.

Souray left the game at the 11:51 mark of the third period and didn't return. The wrist is not the one that the team's leading goal-scorer (11 goals) has had surgically repaired five times. His loss for any length of time would be a huge blow to the Canadiens, who rely on his quarterbacking the power play, on which he's scored nine goals this season.

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Stubbs's Bleu, Blogue, Rouge: Koivu earns an assist the hard way but limps away to help Canadiens earn a point

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 12:27 PM

28735_1.jpgKoivu earned an assist after being drilled by Souray shot

There are pretty assists you can earn in the NHL, deft passes, pretty setups, even setting up the setup.

And then there are the assists like the one Canadiens captain Saku Koivu earned Saturday night: taking a near-100-mph slap shot off the skate and laying face-down on the ice, the pain searing from your foot to your hair follicles, while your teammate, Michael Ryder, bangs in the rebound that's hopped to him off your body.

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Gainey's daughter missing at sea

Posted by Kevin Mio @ 10:46 AM

Canadian Press is reporting this morning that the daughter of Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey is missing at sea after being swept off a Nova Soctia tall ship Friday night. The Canadiens confirmed that Laura Gainey, 25, was washed off a deck at the back of the vessel in the middle of a storm around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Noise/Bruit: Reasons to smile despite loss to Sabres

Posted by Kevin Mio @ 10:44 AM

Here's a look at today's coverage of the Montreal Canadiens.

The Gazette's Red Fisher writes that Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau was smiling after last night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The coach was happy because he felt the last three games were the team's best offensively and defensively. He might not be smiling today though if the injury to Sheldon Souray's right wrist proves to be serious.

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Sabres beat Canadiens in shootout; Souray leaves game in third period with "upper-body" injury, to be reevaluated Sunday

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 12:20 AM

breakpage.jpgCristobal Huet stands beaten by Thomas Vanek's decisive slap shot goal in the shootout.
Tyrel Featherstone, Gazette

Buffalo's Daniel Brière and Thomas Vanek scored on Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet in the shootout, while only Alex Kovalev could reply for the Canadiens, both Saku Koivu and Sergei Samsonov missing the mark, to give the Sabres a 3-2 Bell Centre victory Saturday night.

Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray, who had a goal and an assist, left the game at 11:41 of the third period with an apparent injury to his right wrist – not the one he's had surgically repaired five times – after being checked by Buffalo's Paul Gaustad. There was no immediate word on the condition of Souray, who leads the Habs with 11 goals this season. He is to undergo treatment Sunday and be reevaluated at that time.

Habsinsideout.com colleague Mike Boone blogged live from the Bell Centre tonight. You'll find the fruits of his labour here.

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December 9, 2006

The game in photos

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 10:37 PM

Images from Gazette photographer Tyrel Featherstone from tonight's Canadiens-Buffalo Sabres game at the Bell Centre:

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Game Day: Rosters

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 7:13 PM

Lineups for tonight's game.

Here are the team rosters from each club's official website. Canadiens Sabres

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Noise/Bruit: Samsonov frustrated by slump, Carbonneau preaches patience

Posted by Kevin Mio @ 10:16 AM


Here's a look at today's coverage of the Montreal Canadiens:

The Gazette's Herb Zurkowsky writes that struggling winger Sergei Samsonov is growing frustrated by his lack of production, which has seen him go scoreless since he potted a pair against Toronto on Oct. 28. But despite his problems, Samsonov says it will come eventually, he just has to keep working. For his part, head coach Guy Carbonneau defended his player, saying slumps are part of the game and noting that his work on the ice has improved over the last several weeks.

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Stocking stuffer for the Canadiens fan(s) on your list

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 8:59 AM


The Canadiens' annual player photo postcard set is available now at the team's souvenir boutiques.

Twenty-three cards, plus Youppi!, will cost you $5. The set is a whole lot different than, say, the postcard of Aurel Joliat, at right, that came with the British boys' magazine The Champion on Feb. 15, 1936, to bolster magazine sales in Canada.

Collector Erle Schneidman has Youppi!, Joliat, and much, much more Canadiens history, on view here; registration at his site is free.

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Game Day: How Habs, Sabres match up

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 8:49 AM

A quick statistical look at tonight's opponents, including who's hot and who's cold:

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Game Day: Sabres goalie Miller remembers roots

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 8:14 AM

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is riding a wave of popularity with the red-hot Buffalo Sabres, but he's not letting it go to his head.

(From the "Separated At Birth" file: Does Miller, at left, look at least a little like Phoenix Suns basketball superstar Steve Nash, and vice-versa?)


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December 8, 2006

Game Day: Canadiens vs. Sabres

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 6:43 PM

A preview of Saturday's Bell Centre game between the Canadiens and the high-flying Buffalo Sabres. This will mark the fourth game between the two clubs this season. The previous three:
Game 1: Sabres 5, Canadiens 4 (shootout)
Game 2: Sabres 4-1
Game 3: Canadiens 2-1

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Mistakes deadly against Sabres: Rivet

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 2:01 PM

28732_1.jpgCraig Rivet

Canadiens defenceman Craig Rivet can't remember the last time he scored an unassisted goal on a wrist shot, up against the boards as he skated backwards. Which is what he did for his third goal of the season Thursday night against the New York Islanders. But he does remember how the Buffalo Sabres (21-5-2) make their opponents pay for any kind of mistake.

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Prospect watch: Stability, talent a winning combination in Hamilton

Posted by Kevin Mio @ 11:27 AM


If you read the in-depth look at the Habs farm system by Hockey's Future, you'll understand why there is reason to be upbeat about the future of the Canadiens' organization.

With stability at the NHL level and relatively few injuries, that means the roster for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs has remained relatively constant, which has resulted in team chemistry and success. The Bulldogs sit in second place in the North Division with a 13-9-1 record going into tonight's game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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Noise/Bruit: Carbonneau satisfied with road trip

Posted by Kevin Mio @ 10:25 AM

Here's a look at today's coverage of the Montreal Canadiens:

After collecting three out of a possible four points during a two game road trip through the New York area, Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau was satisfied. "Those were probably out two best road games this season," he said, The Gazette's Pat Hickey reports. Two goals from Saku Koivu lifted the Habs to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday, which helped wash away the bitter taste from a 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey the night before.

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Koivu's pair carries Canadiens over Islanders

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 6:20 AM

(Updated Friday)

28735_1.jpgKoivu paces Habs victory

Captain Saku Koivu scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season Thursday night, both on the power play, and added an assist to lead the Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders and end the Canadiens' losing streak at two games.

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December 7, 2006

Game Day: Rosters

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 7:40 PM

Note that these are not lineups for tonight's game, which are not available as of this posting, but team rosters from each club's official website. Here are tonight's lineups.

Canadiens Islanders

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This is going to ruin Don Cherry's reputation...

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 5:49 PM

I recently wrote a piece for The Gazette on the Kingston, Ont., connection between Don Cherry and Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller, both natives of that city. So today I received a delightful, most unexpected thank-you note in the mail from Grapes, in this envelope:

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Game Day: Canadiens vs. Islanders

Posted by Dave Stubbs @ 4:40 PM

The Canadiens hope to rebound from last night's 2-1 overtime loss in New Jersey with a victory tonight against the New York Islanders.

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