Canadiens drop another game to Columbus, lose Pacioretty to injury

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This is just getting brutal.

The Montreal Canadiens were already limping into the All-Star break, and now they have to worry about the health of Max Pacioretty.

Pacioretty won’t return to Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after an unfortunate accident, as teammate P.K. Subban‘s shot caught him up high.

You can watch that painful moment in the video above.

Known as “Wolverine,” Pacioretty’s toughness and resounding healing ability has been well-documented. That must be a heartening consideration for Habs fans, yet that doesn’t guarantee that he’ll avoid missing time.

Update: As feared, Montreal also lost its second game against the disappointing Columbus Blue Jackets in as many nights, falling 5-2.

Yikes.

Canadiens’ collapse resumes with loss to Blue Jackets

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You know things are bad when a center-ice goal just provides a brief bit of joy.

The Montreal Canadiens stopped the bleeding from their troubling losing streak on Saturday, yet that shootout win only provided momentary relief.

They fell back down tonight, dropping a 5-2 loss to the banged-up Columbus Blue Jackets, who don’t even have a healthy head coach.

It’s just been that sort of stretch for Montreal. Since a 3-2 loss to the Capitals on Dec. 3, the Habs have hobbled to a 5-17-1 record.

That’s truly one of those double-take deals, as Montreal only has three wins (and has only generate seven standings points) so far in 2016.

The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third, but Columbus bounced back from that embarrassing goal. Brandon Saad scored the game-winner and added an empty-netter while dog-winner Cam Atkinson grabbed a hat trick.

In about 11 minutes, it went from a possible confidence-builder to an embarrassing night for Montreal, who will turn around and host Columbus tomorrow.

Things are so ugly, you almost wonder about Michel Therrien as the All-Star break nears … but hey, he does have the vote of confidence, right?

Morbid in Montreal: Bruins hand Habs humbling loss

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As far as reports go, Michel Therrien’s job remains secure. Maybe a little less so, as losses burn a little bit more for the Canadiens when they come against the Bruins.

Boston beat Montreal 4-1 on Tuesday, giving the B’s three straight wins. They solidified their hold over one of the East’s wild card spots, even if the margin of error remains fairly minimal.

From margins of error to a comedy of errors: just about everything related to the Habs is unsettling, including their spot outside of the East’s playoff picture. It’s a mess that likely would have been unfathomable back in October, when the Habs seemed to be running away with the East’s crown.

Montreal is now on a five-game losing streak, with a mere standings point earned. They’ve lost six of eight games in 2018 alone.

The scene seems even grimmer according to onlooker’s such as Arpon Basu of LNH.com.

Yikes, just yikes. Are we absolutely certain Therrien’s job isn’t in jeopardy?

Bruins, Canadiens jerseys to be auctioned off, with proceeds to Denna Laing

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From the NHL:

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will autograph and auction their game-worn jerseys from tonight’s contest at Bell Centre, with all proceeds going to support Boston Pride forward Denna Laing in her rehabilitation and recovery from the injury she suffered while playing in the Outdoor Women’s Classic presented by Scotiabank. The announcement was made jointly by the National Hockey League, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens as part of their joint and ongoing commitment to Denna Laing.

Click here for the auction site. Bidding will begin at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Boston Bruins have already pledged $200,000 to help Laing in her recovery from a severe spinal cord injury.

A website has also been set up to raise funds.

It was reported last week that the NHL expected Laing to sue the league; however, a source subsequently told the New York Post that Laing’s family does not intend to sue the the NHL or “anyone else.”

All-Star John Scott traded to Montreal

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It’s not everyday an All-Star is traded in the NHL.

But that’s exactly what happened today, when the Arizona Coyotes sent big John Scott to the Montreal Canadiens as part of a three-team deal that also involved the Nashville Predators.

The Canadiens, in addition to getting Scott, received 27-year-old defenseman Victor Bartley.

The Coyotes got 23-year-old defenseman Jarred Tinordi, plus minor-league forward Stefan Fournier.

The Predators got 24-year-old defenseman Stefan Elliott.

Obviously, Scott is the most recognizable name in the transaction. We all know he was voted an All-Star Game captain by the fans. We all know why that was done. The fans thought it would be funny. Because John Scott.

It’s not clear if Scott will still participate in the All-Star Game. He’s not a Coyote anymore, and he’s not in the Pacific Division.

But from a pure hockey perspective, this deal is more about the other players. Elliott cleared waivers prior to the trade today and was assigned to the AHL. The Habs had been reluctant to expose Tinordi to waivers, lest they lose him for nothing. He’s only appeared in three games for Montreal this season, plus a conditioning stint in the minors.

The hope for the Coyotes will be that Tinordi can develop into the kind of player the Habs thought he would when they drafted him 22nd overall in 2010.

Elliott was a second-round pick in 2009 who had 40 points in 64 games last season for AHL Lake Erie. The Coyotes acquired him this summer from Colorado in exchange for Brandon Gormley.

Bartley was in the AHL when the trade went down, a victim of the Predators’ deep defense. Both him and Scott are expected to start with Montreal’s minor-league affiliate in St. John’s.

Update: Bartley has actually been recalled by the Habs:

Also, don’t count on Scott playing in the All-Star Game: