1992-93 Habs season flashback: A big comeback victory over Bruins

As we wait and hope for an end to the NHL lockout, Canadiens fans can relive the 1992-93 season – the last year the Habs won the Stanley Cup – at HIO as we post game stories from that season.

The Habs took a 12-4-2  record into a game against the Boston Bruins Nov. 16, 1992 at the Forum. Here is Red Fisher’s story from that game:

Comeback kids; Canadiens get six straight goals to shock Bruins



Was this the night the Canadiens finally realized – as a team – that it’s out there somewhere for them?

Is that what it takes: a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins – not necessarily because of the victory, but because of the way it was won?

Was this one extra-special?

“Not only was it extra-special,” said Brian Bellows, “but it was a superior test of the guys’ character.

“You look around the league and you’ll see a lot of teams fall down when they give up the first three goals at home. We’ve always felt that if we hold the other team to three goals or less, we’re going to get it back. We’re not always going to make it up, but we’re not going to give up trying, either.”

Bellows has that right. Fewer than three minutes into the second period, the Bruins had goals from Steve Leach, Adam Oates and Steve Heinze – on five shots. That’s when the air should have gone out of the Canadiens balloon after a scoreless first period.

Thirty seconds later, Mathieu Schneider started an uplifting assault in a wild period which didn’t stop until other goals had been added by John LeClair, Gilbert Dionne, Stephan Lebeau and Eric Desjardins. Kirk Muller scored into an empty net for the third period’s only goal.

“I was out there for some of it, and I could just feel the rush of adrenaline,” said Bellows.

That’s one explanation, but can anybody really begin to explain whatever it was that happened here last night?

Consider this:

Goaltenders, particularly Patrick Roy, don’t play much better than he and Andy Moog did during a scoreless first period. Then: the nightmare.

Five shots into the second period, the Bruins had goals from Leach, Oates and Heinze, and now it was a matter of trying to play catchup hockey from far back. Too far, on most nights, particularly against a team such as Boston, which normally doesn’t give up much.

The Bruins’ three goals were lashed beyond Roy in 1:35, the first – on an easy rebound – only 42 seconds into the period.

What now? Is this when the Canadiens’ worst pre-season fears about their goaltending are realized? If not Roy, who? If help is needed, where?

Canadiens coach Jacques Demers swears on a stack of pucks that at no time did he consider removing Roy, and there’s no reason to doubt him. Coaches simply don’t thrust a backup goaltender into that kind of a situation – or shouldn’t. What’s more, the idea was to use Andre Racicot in tonight’s game in Ottawa, so what’s the rush? What’s the sense? Would it make any sense?

Thirty seconds later, Schneider jump-started what appeared to be a dispirited Canadiens gang with his fourth goal of the season.

Fifty-two seconds later, LeClair had hauled up his associates to within a goal on some second-effort around the Boston net – but only after Moog had produced his finest stop of the game on a short, quick LeClair shot.

Then it’s Dionne, after some sloppy defensive work by the Bruins, Lebeau on some poor work by Moog, and Desjardins, whose long shot was deflected beyond Moog by defenceman Gord Roberts.

Seven goals in a hair over seven minutes. Forty-one shots (21 by the Bruins) in one period. Five consecutive goals by the Canadiens in 9:02.

“That was Andy Moog’s impersonation of Patrick Roy in the playoffs,” grunted an exercised Boston general manager Harry Sinden.


When does the Stanley Cup parade start?

Okay, so it’s a little early in the season, but winning records are built on remarkable comebacks such as these. They’re also constructed on the goaltending Roy provided after his desperate work earlier. He wasn’t merely hot: he was on fire.

It’s late in the period, for example, and there’s Jozef Stumpel, cruising in alone on Roy in this, first game with the Bruins this season. Roy made the initial stop on the breakaway and then made an even better stop on the short rebound he had allowed.

“I had a feeling about this game,” Muller was to mention much later. “Even when they got the first goal, I had a feeling we could do it.”

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)



  1. JohnBellyful says:

    I’ve moved on … to new thread.

  2. cheezboie says:

    Cedrick Desjardins is a rock star in nets tonight – Bye bye Budaj. Bye bye Palushaj as well – He sucks!

  3. Mike D says:

    Anyone have a link to watch the Bulldogs game online?

    – Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

  4. HabFab says:

    Avstin with second goal on his 4th shot of the game…we can only hope.

    Update: Gallagher makes it 3-1

  5. frontenac1 says:

    Morgan Ellis gets his first as a pro.with a rocket from the point. 2-1 Dogs in 1st.

  6. Mavid says:

    why yes…I would love to wear a giant foam bone..that says “Bonehead”…

  7. Mavid says:

    and it is 2 to 1 for the Dogs…yipeeeee

  8. frontenac1 says:

    Marlies vs Dogs on TVASH right now. Ch.1883 Bell Expressvu.

  9. 24 Cups says:

    I miss Mike Boone.

  10. Psycho29 says:

    Habs vs.Nordiques from Good Friday 1984 on RDS at 7:30

    I was at that game, couldn’t believe what I was seeing!

    Edit: It started at 7:00

    • Propwash says:

      Thanks for the heads up! Watching it now.

      “Access Forbidden” gettin’ ya down?
      Hold down Shift while clicking refresh.

  11. Habfan10912 says:

    Harvard vs Cornell tonight at 730 on NBC sports (formally vesus). If I counted correctly 17 drafted players combined on rosters. No Hab draftees.


  12. B says:

    BCTGM union held out on Hostess.
    The union held firm and did not give in.
    Hostess declared bankruptcy.
    18,500 workers lost their jobs.
    Hostess lost.
    Workers lost.
    Union wins?

    • twilighthours says:

      Workers got other jobs. Workers win?

      • B says:

        If they can find new and hopefully better jobs then the workers may not be too badly off. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be that quick and easy for those 18,500 to find new jobs and I doubt many have done so yet. I wish it was that easy, but think you may be trivializing their situation.

    • neumann103 says:

      I am not a union guy but these people went on strike last week after refusing a new contract which included significant cuts to compensation.

      This is not the first time that Hostess has been in bankruptcy. They entered protection in 2004 and emerged in 2009 only after substantial wage and benefit cuts to employees. However the company failed to deal with their debt, which was the real issue. I would be interested to see if any recent loans were taken out and funnelled off to the private equity firm that owns the company. That is straight out of the Bain playbook.

      Hostess tripled its CEO pay recently and significantly raised other execs at a time when they were insolvent and demanding substantial concessions from their unions. The Teamsters actually agreed to cuts but the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union said no. Here is what was happening to exec pay at Hostess in 3Q 2012:

      Brian Driscoll, CEO, around $750,000 to $2,550,000.
      Gary Wandschneider, EVP, $500,000 to $900,000.
      John Stewart, EVP, $400,000 to $700,000.
      David Loeser, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256.
      Kent Magill, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256.
      Richard Seban, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256.
      John Akeson, SVP, $300,000 to $480,000.
      Steven Birgfeld, SVP, $240,000 to $360,000.
      Martha Ross, SVP, $240,000 to $360,000.
      Rob Kissick, SVP, $182,000 to $273,008.

      Hostess has a problem with their business model, their market,and most importantly their long term debt. I expect that employee costs – and probably mainly benefits and pensions – were an issue but I’m just sayin’ a week long strike doesn’t kill a healthy company….


      “Et le but!”

      • B says:

        I just think that those who did not like the latest deal were free to go work elsewhere if they wanted to (and were able to) and those who were willing to stay should have been able to. As it is now, they are all out of jobs whether they wanted to be or not. Yes, Hostess was / is in trouble and yes it may have a lot to do with bad management (and there may be other factors at play also), but for many of those folks a lesser job was better than no job right now. I’m just sayin’ it can be a tough time to have no job at all for a lot of folks right now.

        • neumann103 says:

          I think it is a very valid point that strikes or lockouts can proceed in circumstances where bare majorities favour them and then everyone is committed and has to live with the results. But you cannot have negotiating leverage otherwise.

          “Et le but!”

  13. frontenac1 says:

    An Anglo mayor of Mtl, Obama for four more, Friday cocktails with some current and ex pro hockey players…….Life is good amigos.! Now, about those Ravens minus the points?

  14. smiler2729 says:

    So this is what this site has been reduced to: reruns of faded glories (1993 season, no thanks, I live in the NOW) and fantasy (EA Sports simulation, REALLY??? C’MON MAN!)

    Do I sound bitter?

    Yep, it happens when idiot billionaires and spoiled millionaires squabble over how to share THE MONEY WE GIVE THEM.



    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.

  15. bwoar says:

    Something is missing…no?

    Where’s the outrage over the anglophone mayor? The city’s hockey team hires an anglo coach and there’s a public witchhunt. The mayor is an anglo and… nothing? Really? I am disappointed.

  16. HabFab says:

    Off twitter;

    Bill Daly confirms he had a brief conversation with Steve Fehr. As a result…no meetings planned.

    Another vote on the #Coyotes arena deal? Man ,these happen so frequently, you can set your watch to ’em. No sign of a deal, though…

    • HabFab says:

      Transcript from phone conversation;
      Bill: Hi Steve, it’s Bill. How are you today?
      Steve: Fine buddy and yourself?
      Bill: Just great and question of the day. Are you ready to submit?
      Steve: Nope and are you ready to surrender?
      Bill: Nope, well you have a great weekend and say hi to your wife for us.
      Steve: You too! Bye!

  17. HabFab says:

    Over in Europe… Larry scores two goals in his first game in the Finnish league. Diaz maintains his point a game record in the Swiss league. Nystrom scored a goal with two helpers in the Swedish Junior league. Pribyl had an assist in the Czech league.

  18. Propwash says:

    PK Subban found a job at Boston Pizza, dunno if this is a repost but it’s funny.

    “Access Forbidden” gettin’ ya down?
    Hold down Shift while clicking refresh.

  19. habsfan0 says:

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a bet with Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum on the outcome of CFL Eastern Final: If Argos win,Applebaum to supply Ford with a year’s supply of bagels (poppy & sesame seed)from St. Viateur Bagel, as well as 10 pounds of smoked meat from Schwartz’s;if Als prevail,Ford to treat Applebaum to a “KFC Tuesday Special” next time Applebaum’s in Hogtown.

  20. Timo says:

    Whatever. Bruins are and forever will be Habs’ b!tches.

  21. Habfan10912 says:

    Well done Fehrbutt! HIO posters now relegated to chatting about baseball in November. Just friggin wonderful!
    Like legend Dick Irvin said to Stubbs when asked who’s side he was on, “a pox on both their houses!”


  22. habsfan0 says:

    WOW! A Jewish anglophone voted Mayor of Montreal! Next thing you know,a KFC frequenting,reading while driving,Gay Pride Parade eschewing individual will be voted Mayor of Toronto..

  23. habs1966 says:

    I can understand people living around TO exited about the Jays but for me baseball DIED with the Expos:(

    • habsfan0 says:

      I feel exactly the same way.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I live in Southern Ontario so I am a Jays fan. When it came to baseball I used to cheer for both the Jays and Expos as they were in different leagues. It does suck the Expos are gone.

      But currently it is nice seeing a GM for the Jays actually spending money and trying to move forward. That team has been stale for far too long.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Mattyleg says:

        He’s getting more than a little help from ‘Franchise-Killer’ Loria.

        He’s looking more and more like Loria’s stooge all the time.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • otter649 says:

      In 2014 Canadian author (now living in USA) Jonah Keri will becoming out with the book “The Definitive History of The Montreal Expos” to co-inside with 10 years of Expos leaving Montreal & 20 years of the 1994 strike – Looking forward to reading it……

  24. HabFab says:

    Slick scoring from mother Russia…excuse me but I’m bored;

  25. HabFab says:

    As a counter to our misguided compatriots from SW Ontario that gives a rats a_ _ about those pretty birds 🙂 Probably the closest the world came to Nuclear War and mostly unknown;

  26. HabFab says:

    Coming soon to a city near you, Gomez has the Anchorage franchisee;

  27. HabFab says:

    I don’t think any two fighters were so well matched as Kordic and Miller. Poor Kordic was one of the first fighters to crash from the abuse of that group. Even though he was the enemy happy to hear that Miller is still kicking and operates a Restaurant in Mass with his wife. Hope he doesn’t suffer the side effects as so many others have.

  28. HabFab says:

    Sounds like Avtsin may play his first game of the season tonight and an article to not honor that occasion;

    Update; looks like Desjardins also gets his first start tonight.

  29. icky pop says:

    Posting those rivalry videos was just mean.

  30. Kooch7800 says:

    Possible batting order: 1) Reyes, 2) Melky 3) JoeyBats 4)EE, 5)Adam Lind 6) Brett Lawrie, 7) Colby Rasmatas, 8 ) JP 9) who ever the 2b is that nite (someone fast)

    I am excited about baseball season now LOL

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • krob1000 says:

      No more 40 hr guys hitting solo shot after solo shot…two switch hitting contact guys who hit for average…FROM BOTH SIDES of the plate…..even the Jays power hitters are threats to run occasionally. The extra speed with Izturis/Bonificio, some pressure coming off Rasmus and Lawrie…Rajai Davis around if needed?….this team can kill you any which way they want.

      There is enough speed in the lienup they will easily be able to manufacture runs and put pressure on teams which they have been sorely lacking….more contact at the top of the lineup is huge as well.
      THis is one scary good lineup with all of the elements necessary …on paper anyway.

      The pitching now shored up…a bench even…unreal couple of days.
      Some question the timing…I think AA is wise to capitalize at a time where sports enthusiasts north of the border are starving for good news and hope…this delivers and then some…..perfect timing IMO.

      I think they will try Lawrie in the three slot personally

      • Kooch7800 says:

        I agree on the timing. People needs some good sports news up here.

        I could see Brett hitting three spot and possibly 1) Reyes, 2) Melky 3) Brett Lawrie 4)EE, 5)JoeyBats 6)Adam Lind , 7) Colby Rasmatas, 8 ) JP 9) who ever the 2b

        They could even move Lawrie to 2nd base and find someone else for 3rd. I heard someone saying try JP at 3rd and let Buck be the catcher…that isn’t a bad idea either.

        I haven’t been this excited about the Jays in a long time

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • krob1000 says:

          Lawrie is a perfect athletic fit for 3rd..reactions like a cat, strong arm…I think I would get worried if he had too much time ot think outthere in the middle infield though. Iztursi is a top end defensive guy and can play anywhere on the infield, Bonifacio can do the same….and run with the best of the best….so when JP gets on late in the game we actually have a 75 percent stolen base guy ont he bench to put that run into scoring position…..witht he spped everywhere in the lineup the double plays should be less of a factor.
          The only thing that still concerns me is the LInd/Rasmus/JP all clumped somewhere in that bottom part….too many strikeouts there…..would like to see another contact guy mixed in ….whether or not Lind/Rasmus can hit for better average and stop taking such crazy hacks …not sure..but strikouts and doubleplays were very depressing this past season.
          The bullpen is looking good, the rotation is looking better than good….in fact in every area of the game on paper the Jays look above average…now who to manage this?

        • Willy says:

          They also could call up Travis D’arnaud and play him at C(split time with Buck even). I remember seeing AA say he was going to leave Lawrie at 3rd but maybe this deal changes that idea. Either way, team is stacked and looking good for next year.

          • krob1000 says:

            So many options…..kind of like when other teams lose players and don’t miss a beat…..the Jays have spent enough that they might as well keep the insurance around and not use the on time inventory method as injuries are inevitable over a long season like the baseball one…especially on turf. I think there is a reason that they have Izturis, got Reyes yet still wanted Bonifacio…Reyes is not a turf player and has wonky hamstrings so the insurance is needed. John Buck’s vet presence could be good for JP and D’Arnaud if he impresses during the spring.

            So much to look forward to…..great stuff and I know people who are already saying they are splitting seasons tickets amongst groups of buddies…that is from 2 and a half hours away in Kingston!

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    So last year the Jays insisted it was too risky going after Darvish and Fielder, yet somehow now going after a guy who had his best year ever while taking Roids is now a sound investment.

    I don’t know, seems like the Jays are all of sudden spending like drunken sailors. I am glad the purse strings are open, but was any other team offering anything close to what the Jays just gave Melky Cabrera?

    Given the huge and immediate drop off in Vernon Wells numbers the year after the big Steroid report came out, you would think some lessons were learned.

    Huge gambles by the Jays, the contracts acquired couple days ago are big time back loaded.

    I hope this gamble works out, but seems a bit out of control. Perhaps I am just too cynical of the current regime.

    • commandant says:

      2 year deal. $16 million total.

      $8 million per season is very low for a player with Melky’s numbers… its bargain basement spending in baseball for an above average starting level outfielder, and the term is very short.

      There is a big difference in the risks here, and the risks on a decade long Fielder contract or 7-8 years for Yu Darvish.

      Go Habs Go!
      Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

      • HabinBurlington says:

        His numbers were while on Roids Ben, you can’t use those numbers as a benchmark of how he will perform in the future.

        • commandant says:

          I realize that.

          But even if you reduce his numbers. $8 million per year over two years is damn cheap for an OF

          Some guys who made more than $8 million in 2012

          Bobby Abreu, Shane Victorino, Nick Swisher, Hunter Pence, Michael Cuddyer, Andre Ethier,

          Alex Rios gets 12.5

          Jason Bay got 18.

          Torii Hunter just signed for 2 years/26 million.

          This is really cheap for an above average LF. The risk here at short term and 8 million per is relatively low.

          Go Habs Go!
          Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

        • Kooch7800 says:

          He was on roids and there is risk here but most people thought he would sign a one year deal to prove himself. With a two year deal at a lower number than he normally would get it is a risk but could have huge upside. If it goes south it is only a two year deal. I don’t think the Jays are done either.

          I do agree that I would have liked Fielder and who knows if they even made him an offer.

          I am just happy that AA is actually trying to make the team better. I wonder how Farrell is enjoying his dream job currently. The Jays will be better than the sox next year if they can stay healthy.

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      You’re right Burly. They are doing exactly the same thing the Marlins did last off season. We see how that all worked out fot them, eh?


  32. JF says:

    I’m hoping Bettman’s suggestion of a moratorium will serve as a way to kickstart negotiations. Fehr is apparently consulting the players about it, but I don’t see why they would agree to it. It doesn’t benefit them in any way; they’d lose another paycheque and more time would be wasted. Hopefully they’ll tell him they want to negotiate now, and they’re willing to do so off the NHL’s last proposal.

    • Cal says:

      The question is why would Fehr consult anyone? Either he or Steve should get in touch with Bettman or Daly.
      Yet another tactic, like his labour board crap. Time to s–t or get off the pot, Fehr.

    • bwoar says:

      The part I didn’t get at first is, if you want a moratorium, just don’t call the other guy or pick up the phone. I think GB is just using that word to tell people what he’s going to do in any case, unless the players agree to start negotiating as equal partners. To say “these issues are totally off the table” in a CBA negotiation is completely unhelpful and childish. The NHL’s first offer was also unhelpful and childish. 2 weeks of silence ought to, hopefully, bring folks together willing to be mature and courteous.

  33. commandant says:

    The truth behind NHL ownership. Why do so many successful business men buy teams if they are so guaranteed to lose money?


    Maybe they aren’t losing as much as Forbes’ reports claim.

    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

    • Cal says:

      Many multinational corporations own teams. Often, they use the losses as tax write-offs. That’s how Wang can lose $26 mill yearly and still be in the game.

      • commandant says:

        The key point of the article.

        “The 2010 auditor’s report, which is available at the county website, shows a company that averaged $9.9 million per fiscal year between 1999 and 2008 (discounting the 2004-05 lockout year, for a moment). Those revenues dipped to just a hair over $1 million in 2005, the year of the NHL lockout. Interestingly, 2005 – due to the lockout – is the one year where Forbes doesn’t provide an estimate that shows the Panthers losing money, and it’s the lowest revenue-generating year the auditor records.

        That’s either an incredibly interesting coincidence, or evidence that the Panthers themselves help make the arena as profitable as it is.”

        Go Habs Go!
        Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

        • Ozmodiar says:

          In the key point of the article, the author demonstrates that he doesn’t know what revenue is. 🙂

          (net income dipped to > 1M in ’05)

          • commandant says:

            Which is a big drop… and shows that the Panthers have a direct impact on SSE’s profitability.

            Go Habs Go!
            Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

          • HabFab says:

            Counter argument, if a player has made $30 million why does he still need more? Don’t argue over non HRR.

          • GrimJim says:

            Actually the reporter really misses the boat in his analysis. Compare the chart on page 9 of the Broward audit http://www.broward.org/Auditor/Documents/arena_final052510.pdf to the chart of 10-years of operating income for Florida as estimated by Forbes ( http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/31/hockey-values-09_Florida-Panthers_310254.html ) Each year, even though the Arena Operating Company gave the team a direct distribution payment, Forbes still lists the Panthers as having negative operating income. In 2008 the AOC gave the Panthers $3,570,000 out of the arena’s net income yet Forbes reports that the team still lost $9 million. Even if you assume that the rest of the $4.6 million went to the panthers that still only reduces the loss to 4.4 million. It gets worse in 2007. the AOC gave the PAnthers 11.9 million or 2.3 million more than the arena’s net income yet Forbes estimates the team still lost 7 million. Without that $11.9 million payment the Panthers would have lost $18.9 million.

          • commandant says:

            The point was that Forbes numbers are not accurate.

            They are in large part self-reported by the team, who has no legal requirement to report accurate numbers to Forbes.

            The Audit shows they are incorrect. Just like court documents showed that the Coyotes and Stars numbers were incorrect.

            The numbers are fudged, just as much as the Levitt report numbers were fudged in 2004

            Go Habs Go!
            Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

  34. Kooch7800 says:

    Man the Jays are going for it:

    http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/ (story is gone now…???)

    They just signed Melky

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  35. Mr. Biter says:

    First and with a good joke. How do Leaf fans celebrate after wining the Stanley Cup? Turn off the X Box and go to bed.
    Have a good Friday.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

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