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Video: Canadiens might need a ‘miracle’ to overcome injuries

Even before Sunday, the Montreal Canadiens were in a tough spot when it comes to injuries. Andrei Markov and Chris Campoli were just two examples of valuable players who were on the shelf before the Habs lost Michael Cammalleri and Jaroslav Spacek for what could be weeks.

The Habs dealt with a wide array of injuries to their blueline in 2010-11 (not to mention Cammalleri and Max Pacioretty on offense), but the team managed to make the playoffs anyway. Keith Jones says that it could take a “miracle” for the Canadiens to do it again, although Habs fans might just point to their dynamic duo of Carey Price and P.K. Subban.

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Video: Jeremy Roenick is tired of the Sidney Crosby roller coaster

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Jeremy Roenick hasn’t been shy about praising Sidney Crosby. He dropped quite a few jaws last season when he shared his belief that Crosby is “way more talented” than Wayne Gretzky, although those comments were probably taken out of context in many cases.

Regardless – or maybe because of – Roenick’s high opinion of Crosby, he admitted to some serious fatigue about the roller coaster of updates regarding Sid the Kid’s health. Whether we like it or not, Crosby’s health will be an issue for a long time, but it’s hard to blame Roenick for feeling beaten down by the drama.

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Video: Milbury, Jones discuss Tampa Bay’s troubled defense

Shots allowed won’t tell you everything, but it’s still troubling that the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing almost 40 per game so far this season. That’s the most of any team in this young 2011-12 campaign, which isn’t a promising sign since they’re leaning heavily on an old goalie in Dwayne Roloson.

Mattias Ohlund’s decision to get both knees scoped is a wise one because his mobility has been lousy, but it opens up a big hole on an already shaky defense. Mike Milbury and Keith Jones take a look at a Bolts blueline that could be a serious Achilles heel this season.

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Video: Catch up on Columbus Day’s early games

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Columbus Day falls in that awkward category of holidays (and no, this isn’t going to devolve into a discussion about the explorer’s historical influence). Some people get that day off – especially when you consider the fact that it’s also Canada’s Thanksgiving – but it’s not a blanket holiday for everyone.

For that reason, there’s probably a sizable audience of hockey fans who were left re-loading scores pages to see how their favorite teams fared today. While it’s not quite the same as actually seeing all 60 minutes of a given game, hopefully these highlights will give you an idea of what happened in those unusually timed contests.

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Bruins raise Stanley Cup banner, honor Mark Recchi during season opener

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The Boston Bruins started their first regular season game with a bang, as Brad Marchand scored the NHL’s first goal of 2011-12 by beating Ilya Bryzgalov (see this post’s final video). For some fans, the Bruins’ first game of the season is just icing on the cake after seeing their team celebrate their 2011 Stanley Cup victory one last time. Maybe losing to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 will sting for a while, but it was still a fantastic night for fans of the B’s.

The team honored a wide array of figures during the ceremony, which encouraged plenty of amusing comments on Twitter. As fun as it is to inject snark into the occasion, it’s tough to blame the Bruins for milking the moment for what it’s worth after waiting 39 years to raise the Cup once again.

Check out this video of the 2011 Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony.

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One of the standout moments of that presentation was the tribute made to Mark Recchi’s career. The recently retired winger suited up one last time and appeared on the ice with his teammates for the ceremony.

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Finally, here is Marchand’s goal. In an interesting quirk, Marchand scored the last goal of 2010-11 and the first of 2011-12.

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