Bill Beacon, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ex-Sens spark Team Chara to 12-9 win

OTTAWA - The NHL all-star game was supposed to be all about Daniel Alfredsson and his Ottawa teammates, but it was ex-Senator Zdeno Chara who had the last laugh.The Boston Bruins captain had the game-winner as he and another former Senator from Slovakia, Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks,...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 2:44 AM

Chara sets shot record in losing Skills cause

OTTAWA - Zdeno Chara brought his laser shot back to the rink where he once was a fan favourite and put on a show at the NHL all-star skills competition.The six-foot-nine defenceman fired a 108.8 miles per hour bullet to win the hardest shot competition while Scotiabank Place fans cheered loudest...

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 4:36 AM

Impact so far courting older stars for MLS

MONTREAL - While Major League Soccer is encouraging clubs to sign young stars from around the world, so far the expansion Montreal Impact's search for a designated player seems to be focused on big names with their best years behind them.Alessandro Del Piero, 37, and David Trezeguet, 34, are past...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 11:19 PM

Bute targets England's Froch for next bout

MONTREAL - IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute of Montreal hopes to make his next title defence against Englishman Carl Froch, even though the U.S. specialty channel Showtime is not interested in airing that matchup.Bute's promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox said Friday he will begin...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 6:25 PM

Habs blitz Howard in 7-2 win over Red Wings

MONTREAL - The struggling Montreal Canadiens are heading into all-star break fresh off a blowout win — over the first-overall Detroit Red Wings of all teams.The Canadiens jumped on the listless-looking Red Wings early, pumping four past all-star goaltender Jimmy Howard in the opening period of a 7-...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 4:59 AM

Babcock says Lidstrom deserves all-star rest

MONTREAL - For Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, if there is a player who has the right to skip the NHL all-star game it is his captain Nicklas Lidstrom.Lidstrom and fellow 41-year-old Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks asked the league not to select them for all-star duty this week in Ottawa...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:04 PM

Habs Subban says he's learning on the job

BROSSARD, Que. - During a drill at the Montreal Canadiens practice Tuesday, an angry assistant coach Randy Ladouceur shouted at defenceman P.K. Subban "You've been out here 40 minutes, wake up."It's been that kind of season for the 22-year old Subban, who has emerged as the struggling Canadiens'...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 10:39 PM

In Pictures: Canada will go for gold after win over U.S.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The showdown with the United States turned into a one-sided win for Canada, but an old and dangerous rival awaits in the final of the world junior hockey championship: Russia.Curtis Hamilton and Quinton Howden scored in the first period and Canada rode the energy of a boisterous,...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 9:10 AM

In Pictures: Schenn scores 4 as Canada beats Norway 10-1

BUFFALO, N.Y. - In a lineup depleted by suspension and injuries, hot-handed Brayden Schenn stepped up with another big game for Canada at the world junior hockey championship.The Brandon Wheat Kings centre and Los Angeles Kings prospect had four goals and an assist for his second straight five-...

Thursday, December 30, 2010, 5:38 AM

Calvillo returns as Als beat Esks 31-14

MONTREAL - It was a painful Sunday for Eric Tillman, as the new Edmonton Eskimos general manager watched his team take it on the chin from the defending Grey Cup champions.Tillman, hired this week to replace the fired Danny Maciocia, spent one quarter of his first game on the sidelines and watched...

Monday, September 20, 2010, 6:40 AM

Nieuwendyk, Lindros wait for news as Hall of Fame selection committee sits

After a bumper crop of obvious choices entered the Hockey Hall of Fame last year, the debate is back on for the class of 2010.Joe Nieuwendyk looks like a good bet, but what about Eric Lindros?The 18-member selection committee is to gather Tuesday in Toronto to announce which players, officials or...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 9:21 PM

Laviolette to go back to Leighton in goal for Game 6 of Cup final

PHILADELPHIA - Chris Pronger wore his usual relaxed manner and impish grin when he faced the media on Tuesday, as though the ugly numbers he put up in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final never happened.The Flyers defenceman was probably right to insist he didn't play that badly, despite going minus-5...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 12:36 AM

Top lines stalled, Flyers and Blackhawks getting goals from unlikely sources

PHILADELPHIA - The big guns for both the Flyers and the Blackhawks have been relatively quiet in the Stanley Cup final, but goals are coming from unexpected sources.Third-line centre Claude Giroux was the hero with an overtime goal and two assists as the Flyers got their first win of the series in...

Friday, June 4, 2010, 2:31 AM

Philadelphia Flyers coach looks to rattle Chicago netminder Antti Niemi

PHILADELPHIA - Peter Laviolette went on the offensive Tuesday, questioning how long rookie Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi can stay hot, while at the same time lamenting a lost chance to exploit "holes" in the Blackhawks defence.After Chicago took the first two games of the Stanley Cup final on home...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 1:33 AM

Flyers advance to Stanley Cup final with 4-2 win over Canadiens

PHILADELPHIA - The dream of an unexpected Stanley Cup is over for the Montreal Canadiens, while the Philadelphia Flyers' improbable playoff run has one more chapter to go.Arron Asham and Jeff Carter scored 84 seconds apart in the second period and the Flyers defence closed the door on a spirited...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 5:17 AM

Habs strike back, beat hot goalie Leighton, Flyers 5-1 in East final

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens found an answer for hot goaltender Michael Leighton and the Philadelphia Flyers — speed and quick puck movement.The quick-footed Canadiens skated rings around the listless-looking Flyers as they jumped back into the NHL Eastern Conference final with a 5-1 victory...

Friday, May 21, 2010, 4:58 AM

Leighton shuts out Habs for second game in a row in 3-0 Flyers win

PHILADELPHIA - The Montreal Canadiens are finding out in a hurry that Michael Leighton is more than the back-up goaltender many thought him to be.Leighton stoned the Canadiens for a second straight game on Tuesday night, stopping 30 shots for his second consecutive shutout as the Philadelphia...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 4:42 AM

Gionta calls on Habs for more effort, smarter play after Game 1 humiliation

PHILADELPHIA - For veteran forward Brian Gionta, getting wiped out 6-0 in the first game of a playoff series is no grounds for panic.So even if the Montreal Canadiens looked to be left for dead after their one-sided loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Gionta said more effort and a few adjustments to...

Monday, May 17, 2010, 11:41 PM

Leighton blanks Habs while Flyers shell Halak, Price in East final opener

PHILADELPHIA - A blowout on Broad Street left the Montreal Canadiens wondering what hit them in a disastrous start to the NHL Eastern Conference final.Michael Leighton, pressed into duty this spring after a run of injuries among Philadelphia's goaltenders, posted his first career playoff shutout...

Monday, May 17, 2010, 6:30 AM

Cammalleri joining Habs all-time greats with playoff scoring binge

MONTREAL - Michael Cammalleri is not just scoring goals for the Montreal Canadiens, he is matching the feats of some of the 24-time Stanley Cup champions greatest stars.With seven goals in a seven-game series victory over the defending Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Cammalleri equalled a team...

Friday, May 14, 2010, 12:31 AM