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  • Guy Carbonneau Battles Former Team

    It didn’t take long for Guy Carbonneau to be pitted against his former team where he served as Assistant General Manager as little as 3 days ago. It’s so recent in fact the Dallas Stars website still has him listed as part of their organization. Those same Stars will be in town tonight trying to extend their best road record in the NHL against the new incarnation of the Habs.

    Traditionally the Canadiens don’t fare very well against the Stars and tonight won’t be any easier as the Stars are a couple points away from 1st overall in the league and as mentioned the best road team on ice right now. Maybe Guy Carbonneau knows a secret or two but more likely the Canadiens will have to play an extremely disciplined game and out work them for 60 minutes.

    The Stars should present a good challenge for Jose Theodore to answer as he gets his 2nd start and another vote of confidence in the second half of the season. Sheldon Souray will be back in the lineup tonight and we’ll be able to see what kind of response he delivers after being called out by Bob Gainey.

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  • Coaching change sparks Habs

    The Montreal Canadiens first game under new management was a 6-2 victory at home vs the San Jose Sharks. The Canadiens started with some nerves but then exploded for 6 goals in the second period including 2 short handed markers. That’s the most goals the Habs have scored in a game all year, much less in one period.

    Andrei Markov racked up 2 goals and 2 assists after being called out by Bob Gainey earlier in the day. The first time a Canadiens defenceman recorded 4 points in a period since 1962. Mike Ribeiro also broke his scoring streak putting up 2 points. The Candiens overall seemed energized and rejuvenated and it paid off big. Congratulations to Bob Gainey and Guy Carbonneau on their first win.

    The win puts the Habs 1 point shy of the last playoff spot in the East but they hold games in hand on every team above them. The Dallas Stars are up next and they’ll be a tough challenge for the Canadiens who’ll hit the road for the rest of January where they’ll face some tough opposition.