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Jack Todd: It's over for the Habs, and possibly Bergevin, too

Posted on 20 November 2017

The record will show the 2017-2018 season for the Montreal Canadiens ended in a 37-second stretch of the second period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 18.One-time Hab Ron “Hollywood” Hainsey scored Toronto’s first goal at 12:07 and Nasty Nazem Kadri followed that with one at the 12:44 mark — and the only thing left was for Toronto media darling Auston Matthews t ...

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It’s Ricky Ray to the rescue, just as the Argos drew it up: Arthur

Posted on 20 November 2017

The Toronto Argonauts, on the best day of their new lives, were on the verge of some kind of humiliation. Anybody can lose a playoff game; it takes something else to lose a playoff game to a team that plays heroically inept football for about 51 minutes of a 60-minute game. Yes, this could have been a humiliation.Because the Saskatchewan Roughriders had been awful, jeez. They took penalt ...

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In the Habs’ Room: Canadiens fall back on bad habits in 5-4 loss to Arizona

Posted on 17 November 2017

Sloppy.That’s the best way to describe the Canadiens’ 5-4 loss to the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night at the Bell Centre. It’s the kind of game you might expect from the Coyotes, a young team with the worst record in the NHL. But the Canadiens came away from this game realizing that they missed an opportunity to climb in the standings.“This is the way we were playing early in t ...

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Leafs, Nylander beat New Jersey in the nick of overtime

Posted on 17 November 2017

A weight was lifted off William Nylander when he scored Thursday night — his first goal of any sort in 11 games.And it came just in time, with three seconds remaining in overtime, to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. “I had a couple of chances throughout this game and was a little rattled they didn’t go in,” said Nylander, who now has four goals on the seas ...

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MLB hopes for new Japan posting deal by next month

Posted on 16 November 2017

ORLANDO, FLA.—Major League Baseball hopes to reach a new agreement on a posting system with Japan by early December, a deal that would allow star pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani to start negotiations with big league teams.Dan Halem, MLB’s chief legal officer Dan Halem said Wednesday a new framework has been agreed to with Nippon Professional Baseball and that a deal with the Major Le ...

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Stu Cowan: Canadiens' Max Pacioretty takes pride in being an iron man

Posted on 16 November 2017

Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty absolutely hates to miss a game, so it would be a surprise if he’s not in the lineup Thursday night at the Bell Centre against the Arizona Coyotes.Pacioretty missed practice Wednesday in Brossard, taking what the team called a “therapy day.” Pacioretty limped off the ice and went to the locker room at one point during the third period of Tuesday’s ...

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Major League Baseball seeks shorter games

Posted on 15 November 2017

ORLANDO, FLA.—Major League Baseball is intent on shortening games next season.The average time of a nine-inning game was a record 3 hours, 5 minutes this season, up from 2:56 in 2015. The post-season average was 3:29.Many owners and general managers want to cut down trips to the mound by catchers, whether the reason is changing signs, talking about pitch selection or giving a pitcher a ...

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Halladay tributes paint portrait of a life well lived: Griffin

Posted on 15 November 2017

CLEARWATER, FLA. — The measure of a man and the impact he has on others lies in those who celebrate his life at the moment of his passing. Such was the case for former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher, and future hall of famer, Roy Halladay as about 1,000 baseball friends, family, fans and admirers gathered at Spectrum Field on Tuesday to pay tribute — along with wife Brandy and sons ...

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Charlie Lindgren's win streak snapped as Canadiens fall to Minnesota

Posted on 10 November 2017

The bottom line: Charlie Lindgren’s unbeaten string in the NHL had to to come to an end at some point, but the 23-year-old goaltender did everything he could to give the Canadiens a chance to win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at the Bell Centre. He engaged in an old-fashioned goaltending duel with two-time Vézina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk before drop ...

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In the Habs' Room: 'Not the team I wanted to lose to,' Charlie Lindgren says

Posted on 10 November 2017

Charlie Lindgren is no longer Mr. Perfect for the Canadiens.The rookie goaltender suffered the first loss of his NHL career Thursday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Minnesota Wild at the Bell Centre with the last goal into an empty net.Lindgren, who was making his third straight start in place of the injured Carey Price, stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced as his career NHL record ...