RDS will be broadcasting a series of 28 Montreal Canadiens games over the course of 14 days starting Monday, March 30. It is notable that each one of these games is a win, so while we sit in isolation, we can at least watch an entertaining victory or two.
The games selected by RDS range from 2008 to 2020, which covers a lot of ground. Eyes On The Prize has been providing coverage of the team since 2006, so we dug into our archives to put together a guide of these games by linking our original game recaps, with a few interesting details about each contest (you may want to skip those if you want to watch with no spoilers). Check the link to the RDS page for a complete broadcast schedule.
Monday, March 30
- Game 1: February 27, 2009 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, After being scratched for two games, Alex Kovalev has been on fire, while new acquisition Mathieu Schneider brings some important stability on defence.
- Game 2: February 4, 2010 vs. Boston Bruins, Jaroslav Halak continues to build a case as the Canadiens’ number-one goalie as the Habs gut out a win against their eternal rival.
Tuesday, March 31
- Game 3: March 9, 2013 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, returning Michael Ryder begins to heat up while Alexei Emelin’s point streak goes up to six games.
- Game 4: April 4, 2014 vs. Ottawa Senators, Max Pacioretty has a dominant five-point game against the Senators.
Wednesday, April 1
- Game 5: January 14, 2015 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, In a game where the Canadiens struggled to beat Sergei Bobrovsky, it’s the Habs’ power play that took charge in the win.
- Game 6: November 13, 2010 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, The Canadiens crush the Hurricanes, scoring seven goals in the win, but it comes at a high price as the team loses Andrei Markov to a knee injury.
Thursday, April 2
- Game 7: March 20, 2011 vs. Minnesota Wild, Subban scores a hat trick and Ryan White becomes the first Hab to record a “Gordie Howe hat trick” since The Hockey News started tracking the stat in 1996.
- Game 8: November 27, 2015 vs. New Jersey Devils, With Carey Price injured, the Canadiens rely on Mike Condon to guard the goal, while Sven Andrighetto makes a big difference for the Canadiens.
Friday, April 3
- Game 9: January 25, 2012 vs. Detroit Red Wings, Lars Eller and David Desharnais make their presence felt while P.K. Subban is benched by Randy Cunneyworth after a bad penalty. Alexei Emelin scores his first NHL goal.
- Game 10: October 23, 2015 vs. Buffalo Sabres, Mike Condon makes 34 saves while Markov has a five-point night to beat the Sabres.
Saturday, April 4
- Game 11: December 12, 2014 vs. Los Angeles Kings, Carey Price steals a game from the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
- Game 12: November 1, 2008 vs. New York Islanders, The Canadiens play a remarkable final 20 minutes in a big comeback win, signed Tomas Plekanec.
Sunday, April 5
- Game 13: February 1, 2011 vs. Washington Capitals, Brian Gionta carries the Habs to a win.
- Game 14: December 19, 2019 vs. Calgary Flames, Nick Suzuki sends the game into OT as the Habs start a west coast trip against the hottest team.
Monday, April 6
- Game 15: November 23, 2011 vs. Carolina Hurricanes Travis Moen scores his 50th career goal and 100th career point, while Lars Eller sets the pace for the Habs.
- Game 16: January 4, 2009 vs. Florida Panthers, the Kostitsyn Brothers make an impact, carrying the team offence.
Tuesday, April 7
- Game 17: November 5, 2018 vs. New York Islanders, The line of Jonathan Drouin, Max Domi, and Charles Hudon drives the offence, and starter Antti Niemi provides a solid backup. Noah Juulsen has a multi-point game.
- Game 18: February 2, 2013 vs. Buffalo Sabres, Brandon Prust feeds Steve Ott, as the Habs have a dominant first period to set the pace for the game.
Wednesday, April 8
- Game 19: November 16, 2015 vs. Vancouver Canucks, The Canadiens erase a three-goal deficit thanks to Tomas Fleischmann, while Alexander Semin nears his end with the Canadiens.
- Game 20: February 4, 2020 vs. New Jersey Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk builds a case to return with Montreal next season with a silencing shot.
Thursday, April 9
- Game 21: October 16, 2010 vs. Ottawa Senators, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn give the Habs the win against the Senators in a game where the team worked really hard to shut down their opponent.
- Game 22: February 27, 2017 vs. New Jersey Devils, a game with tit-for-tat goals, where Max Pacioretty scores his 30th goal of the season.
Friday, April 10
- Game 23: March 27, 2013 vs. Boston Bruins, After a rough start by Carey Price, Peter Budaj comes in relief and steals the win.
- Game 24: October 24, 2009 vs. New York Rangers, the Habs’ top line of Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, and Mike Cammalleri puts up eight points, three of them goals for Cammalleri.
Saturday, April 11
- Game 25: October 31. 2019 vs. Vegas Golden Knights, Keith Kinkaid records his only win as a Montreal Canadien while Jonathan Drouin’s strong start to the season continues.
- Game 26: January 8, 2011 vs. Boston Bruins, The Montreal Canadiens’ 3000th home game is a spirited affair between two heated rivals, famous for Zdena Chara losing his cool after Max Pacioretty shoved him in passing after the winger scored.
Sunday, April 12
- Game 27: March 15, 2014 vs. Ottawa Senators, The famous “Ides of March” game, where the Canadiens face a three-goal deficit with five minutes to go in the game.
- Game 28: March 7, 2010 vs. Anaheim Ducks, Saku Koivu’s return to Montreal is foiled by a Canadiens comeback win as the team aims for the playoffs.