Canadiens Host Poignant Pregame Ceremony Honoring Jean Béliveau

The Montreal Canadiens held a pre-game ceremony tonight to honor Jean Béliveau—who played in Montreal for 20 seasons, winning 10 Stanley Cups and assorted individual awards—after he passed away last week at the age of 83. The video above really gets going at the 9:50 mark with one of the most silent moments of… » 12/09/14 9:28pm 12/09/14 9:28pm

P.K. Subban Has A Really Good Chris Pronger Story

Sports Illustrated has finally put online last month's cover story on Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, written by Michael Farber. If you're a hockey fan, you'll want to read it. And if not, read it anyway—Subban is one of the best, most exciting, and most marketable young players hockey has to offer, and if the NHL… » 12/03/14 5:38pm 12/03/14 5:38pm

Tyler Ennis Scores No-Look Backhanded Goal While Falling Over

As Tyler Ennis skated towards the net early in Buffalo's game yesterday, Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin probably thought he had done a decent job shepherding him to away from a dangerous position. Then Ennis managed to kick the puck past the crease, hurdle Carey Price's pads, and then slap a no-look backhander into… » 11/29/14 2:39pm 11/29/14 2:39pm

Watch The Emotional Ceremonies Preceding Tonight's NHL Games In Canada

This week's dual tragedies in Ottawa and Montreal have understandably driven both remembrance and national pride in Canada. On the heels of Pittsburgh's display earlier this week, a pre-game ceremony in Ottawa was simulcast to Toronto and Montreal, providing fans in those arenas the opportunity to participate in… » 10/25/14 9:29pm 10/25/14 9:29pm

Come Correct To P.K. Subban About His Corsi Or Don't Come At All

The NHL is holding its annual player tour, in which it drags many of its top stars to New York for days of interviews and appearances. ESPN's Craig Custance took advantage of the opportunity (Insider link) to ask players what they thought of their own unconventional analytics, aka fancystats. » 9/10/14 3:54pm 9/10/14 3:54pm

Sad Canadiens Mascot In Rangers Jersey Is The Saddest Mascot

Oh my God, Youppi! What have they done to Youppi!? You would think it's impossible to look so wretched while covered in electric-orange spaghetti fur—and have a name that includes an exclamation point and is literally French for "yippee!"—but then you've never been Youppi! in a Rangers jersey all alone on a… » 6/01/14 1:16pm 6/01/14 1:16pm

Boston Hockey Twitter: Not As Racist As Made Out To Be

After Montreal's P.K. Subban scored to beat Boston in game one of their series, there were two inescapable talking points: That the word "nigger" was trending in Boston (this was quickly debunked) and there had been 17,000 tweets containing the slur and Subban's name. Would it change your impression if you found out… » 5/23/14 1:42pm 5/23/14 1:42pm

The Habs' Luck Is Real, And It's Spectacular

The Canadiens' 3-2 overtime victory in New York puts them right back in this series, a close-fought game that devolved into an absolutely wild final five minutes or so. Three goals in short succession sent it to OT then decided it—punch, counterpunch, sucker punch—and all three were deflections that could never in a… » 5/23/14 9:33am 5/23/14 9:33am