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Carey Price climbs Canadiens wins list

Goalie ties Ken Dryden for third with victory against Rangers

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

It was March 2007 when Carey Price was on the phone from northern Washington, the 19-year-old goaltender looking ahead to the final few regular-season games and upcoming playoffs for Tri-City of the Western Hockey League.

"When people have high expectations, there's obviously a lot of pressure on you and it's something you have to deal with," Price, who two years earlier had been selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the fifth pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, said that day. "Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden, Jacques Plante and a lot of legendary goalies have gone through Montreal. Those are big shoes to fill, but hopefully one day I can."

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NHL Centennial

Clint Benedict overshadowed, not forgotten

Hall of Famer was among great goalies in early years of NHL, first to wear facemask 87 years ago

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Ask most hockey fans about the origins of the goalie mask and they'll name Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante as its pioneer.

But if Plante popularized the use of facial protection for goalies, he was following in the skates of a man who had blazed a trail nearly three decades earlier.

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Max Pacioretty 'shocked' by Michel Therrien firing

Canadiens captain praises coach for helping him reach 'whole new level'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty was on the phone with Michel Therrien on Tuesday afternoon just minutes after having heard the news, the captain of the Montreal Canadiens reaching out to the man who now was his former coach.

"It was pretty tough," Pacioretty said Wednesday from his home, catching up on a little rest during the Canadiens break in the schedule. "[Therrien] meant a lot to my development."

Pacioretty had a breakout season in 2011-12, his first full NHL season, scoring 33 goals with 32 assists in 79 games under coaches Jacques Martin and his mid-season replacement, Randy Cunneyworth.

Therrien was hired prior to the shortened 2012-13 season. In the next three full seasons, Pacioretty scored 39, 37 and 30 goals, and has a Montreal-leading 28 goals and 50 points in 58 games this season.

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Claude Julien hiring doesn't shock Canadiens legends

Serge Savard, Larry Robinson know all about pressure of winning in Montreal

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens defense legends Serge Savard and Larry Robinson know the rollercoaster of emotions, preoccupation and even obsessions in the hockey-mad market that paved their road to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

So it was with unique insight that the two watched the latest turmoil in Montreal, when coach Michel Therrien was fired and replaced with Claude Julien on Tuesday.

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Scotty Bowman believes Canadiens made right choice

Legendary former coach says Claude Julien can handle pressure that comes with Montreal job

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- Scotty Bowman, perhaps more than any coach in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, knows what Claude Julien is walking into on his second tour of duty in this city.

The most successful coach in NHL history, Bowman won the Stanley Cup five times with the Canadiens during the glorious 1970s. He would go on to win a sixth with the Pittsburgh Penguins and three more with the Detroit Red Wings, but Bowman made his name in coaching with the mighty Canadiens, and nearly a dozen players from those teams were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Ted Lindsay, Scotty Bowman mourn Mike Ilitch

Longtime Red Wings owner was cherished friend to Hockey Hall of Famers

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

The NHL and Major League Baseball are in mourning for the loss of Mike Ilitch, the self-made billionaire who rose from modest roots as the son of immigrants to ultimately found the Little Caesars Pizza empire and become owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. He died Friday at age 87.

Red Wings legends Ted Lindsay and Scotty Bowman, two of the greatest names in Detroit's sports landscape, will miss a man whose door was always open and whose friendship was deeply cherished.

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NHL Centennial

'Kraut Line' of Bruins honored before going to war

Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, Bobby Bauer carried off ice after last game 75 years ago

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- It was the first time, and the last, that Montreal Canadiens players would hoist three members of the Boston Bruins onto their shoulders and skate them around a rink in joyful celebration.

But it was no ordinary game on Feb. 10, 1942, and the Bruins' so-called "Kraut Line" of center Milt Schmidt and wings Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart was hardly an ordinary trio.

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Stan, Scotty Bowman share Stanley Cup success

Blackhawks GM, Hall of Fame coach have combined for 17 championships

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- There was no plan B, Scotty Bowman admits, if his Montreal Canadiens didn't win the Stanley Cup in 1973, or if the coach's wife, Suella, gave birth to a girl.

But ultimately, things worked to perfection -- the Canadiens won the championship that year and, some six weeks later, Scotty and Suella named their son Stanley. Today, a father and son are a two-man hockey dynasty with a combined 17 Cup titles.

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Scotty Bowman shares milestone memories

Hall of Fame coach recalls 1,000th NHL victory 20 years ago, details from historic career

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- So what is more impressive: Scotty Bowman's NHL-leading-by-a-mile 1,244 coaching victories or his almost frightening recall of the finest details of single shifts from games played decades ago, some a half-century in the past?

"I remember the good ones," Bowman said with a laugh from his winter home in Sarasota, Florida.

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Claude Julien has been here before

Fired Bruins coach has kept job in perspective his entire career

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- A vacuum cleaner was roaring in the hallway outside coach Claude Julien's Bell Centre office at 8 a.m. on a late January morning in 2003.

It had been a dozen days since Julien took a Jan. 17 call from then-Montreal Canadiens general manager Andre Savard, summoned at 90 minutes past midnight from Hamilton of the American Hockey League to the parent Canadiens, where he would replace the fired Michel Therrien.

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