Canadiens Game Day: Shaken But Not Stirred, Habs Take On Isles in Montreal

February 10th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
The battered and bruised Montreal Canadiens are back at home to take on the floundering New York Islanders tonight at the Bell Centre.

Montreal is coming off a raucous affair against the Bruins that saw both teams explode for a collective eight goals in the second period and 187 penalty minutes on the night.

And while the Canadiens got thumped 8-6 on the scoreboard, they were also manhandled physically, with several non-fighters being forced to drop the gloves.

As such, you'd expect the emotionally spent Habs to be in rough shape tonight against the Isles in a game that Montreal needs to win.

They need the win to keep pace with the Bruins—who now have a four-point lead over the Habs for first in the Northeast—but more importantly, for their morale and collective ego, both of which might have taken major hits last night.

For the Islanders, life in the NHL has been cruel—at least, this year it has.

The Isles have been decimated by injuries, most notably to their goaltenders, meaning that backups of backups of backups are being called on to play goal.

New York is coming off of a 5-3 loss at the hands of ...

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