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Stu Cowan: What’s going on with the Canadiens’ Carey Price?

The “minor” lower-body injury Carey Price suffered more than two weeks ago is starting to fail the smell test. Last Tuesday morning, the Canadiens announced Price would take two days off the ice because his injury suffered Nov. 2 in Minnesota wasn’t getting any better through on-ice workouts with goalie coach Stéphane Waite. Nothing to worry about was the message, …

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

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 …

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Stu Cowan: Why were Canadiens fans booing Nathan Beaulieu?

You can add Nathan Beaulieu’s name to the long list of former Canadiens players to get booed by Montreal fans on their return to the city with a different team. Beaulieu played his first game at the Bell Centre Saturday night since being traded to the Buffalo Sabres during the off-season and played a key role in Max Pacioretty’s overtime …

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Raptors go down with their best in one-point loss to Celtics

BOSTON — No one will argue DeMar DeRozan taking an open look at the top of the free throw line for the win. Not even DeRozan fading away to make that shot. He’s practised it countless times, made it countless more and this time it didn’t go in as the Raptors came up on the short end of a 95-94 …

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Canadiens notebook: Carey Price skates; Jonathan Drouin skips practice

There was good news on the Carey Price front Wednesday as the goaltender skated for the first time since he suffered a minor lower-body injury in last Thursday’s 6-3 loss in Minnesota. Price was on the ice in full equipment at 9 a.m. and skated for about 30 minutes. He was accompanied by defenceman David Schlemko, who is on the …

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Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec playing key roles in Habs’ revival

Brendan Gallagher wasn’t surprised to see Tomas Plekanec racing down the ice to negate an icing call in the first period of the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday night. And he was only a bit amazed when Plekanec threaded a pass through two defenders to find Gallagher alone in front of the net. “People don’t realize …

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Charlie Lindgren’s success poses a dilemma for Canadiens

When a goaltender shuts out the opposition, it’s rarely seen as a problem. But minor-leaguer Charlie Lindgren’s performance in Chicago Sunday night could pose a dilemma for the Canadiens’ brass. In a perfect world, the 23-year-old Lindgren would spend the entire season with the Laval Rocket, filling in occasionally at the NHL level when the team runs into injury problems. …

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Blue Jays officially part ways with Jose Bautista, look to next season

While officially bidding bon voyage to a franchise icon, general manager Ross Atkins laid out some of his plans to turn around the fortunes of the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2018 Major League Baseball season. As baseball rolls into the excitement of the postseason, the Blue Jays find themselves sidelined from all the tumult for the first time in …

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Jack Todd: NFL unites against Trump’s divisive racial politics

It was Oct. 16, 1968. Almost 50 years ago. Two Americans, the 200-metre sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, had just won gold and silver at the Mexico City Olympics. Both men were without shoes and wearing black socks as a reminder of black poverty, Smith wearing a black scarf around his neck to symbolize black pride, but the part …

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