1992-93 Habs season flashback: Game 2

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With no end to the NHL lockout in sight, we’ll let Canadiens fans relive the 1992-93 season when the Habs won the last of their 24 Stanley Cups by posting game stories from that season.

After opening the season with a 5-1 win in Hartford on Oct. 6, 1992, the Canadiens lost 5-3 two nights later to the Senators in Ottawa.

Here is Red Fisher’s story from that game:

Chamber of horrors; Shocking Senators outwork complacent Habs

RED FISHER
The Gazette

SENATORS 5

CANADIENS 3

OTTAWA – Canadiens defenceman Mathieu Schneider says there’s nothing mysterious or complicated about whatever it was that happened to him and his associates in this one-sided battle at the summit with the Ottawa Senators.

“We were outworked all over the ice,” said Schneider, who was one of the few Canadiens who wasn’t, in the moments after this 5-3 wipeout.

“We were outworked in our end, in their end … everywhere.”

Schneider’s new leader, Jacques Demers, had another view:

“We have to give credit to the Senators,” Demers said. “Four or five of our guys showed up, we knew how they were going to forecheck – but it’s still humiliating.”

The firm of Schneider & Demers are impeccably right. They were outworked and humiliated.

What’s more, the two-goal margin doesn’t begin to describe how badly the Canadiens were outworked and humiliated by an Ottawa team which played the last 10 minutes with only four defencemen, after Brad Shaw left the game with a concussion and Ken Hammond was gone for head-butting.

In retrospect, Hammond didn’t really need to use that tactic. The Canadiens, you see, spent most of the night butting their own heads against a stone wall.

“Our defence played most of the game with our faces against the glass,” Schneider said. “Whenever we moved, bang! somebody from Ottawa was there.

“There’s no quesion we’re more talented, but the fact remains that they’re all National Hockey League players. I thought we were ready, but I guess what it came down to is that we … too many of us … felt that we’d take the game no matter what we did or how we played. They played simple hockey, we tried to be fancy.

“They worked, we took short-cuts,” Schneider added.

None among the Senators even hinted at anything other than going the full mile. One hundred cents on the dollar for this bunch, which got two goals from Doug Smail, and others from Neil Brady, Hammond and Sylvain Turgeon. The Canadiens, who trailed by two goals on four occasions, were delivered goals – too few and too late – by Mike Keane, Vincent Damphousse and Brian Bellows.

The Bellows goal sliced the margin to 4-3 with 29 seconds remaining. Smail put it away with an empty-net goal 15 seconds later.

Mark this down about the Senators: the two-goal margin was the genuine article. In truth, it could have been much greater.

Who is this guy Darcy Loewen, anyway? Doesn’t he realize he can’t go around knocking down people wearing the CH?

No doubt about it: defenceman Loewen can rumble. Really, he can.

Where did Turgeon, who had eight shots, find his brand new wheels this summer?

The Senators outshot the Canadiens 31-28 on the game, but the numbers don’t tell the story. The Senators had more and better scoring chances. Their work on defence was exceptional. Their goaltending excelled when it had to. As a team, they grabbed the Canadiens by the throat, shook them, and left ‘em dead in the water.

Work is what the Senators were preaching going into the game, and that’s precisely what they delivered. Smail … Mark Lamb … Mike Peluso … goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz, former Quebec Nordiques player Marc Fortier … Jody Hull … the gang was all there – from the moment Brady scored Ottawa’s first NHL goal in the last 58 years.

You should know that the Canadiens didn’t lose this game: they were trashed. Their coach, Demers, says only four or five of his high-priced help showed up. He was over-generous.

Has anybody seen Gilbert Dionne since the start of training camp? Where’s Patrice Brisebois?

On this night, at least, the Senators showed they’re blessed with a remarkable work ethic, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who watched Rick Bowness’s Boston team last season – particularly when they swept the Canadiens in the Adams final. A lot of the Canadiens probably could have done without the kindly ol’ coach’s hotdoggery at game’s end (running toward the exit, stabbing his forefinger skyward) but aw, gee, give the guy his moment. Bowness, better than anybody, knows there’ll be nights when he gets the finger.

Was any of this a matter of the Canadiens not being ready?

“They saw what Tampa Bay did to the Chicago Blackhawks,” Demers said. “They know it can happen anywhere, so they were ready.”

Patrick Roy was ready, but most of his associates weren’t – perhaps because the Canadiens goaltender is one of the few members of this gang who practices what he preaches. He doesn’t take the opposition lightly.

The Canadiens, it’s imagined, won’t take the Pittsburgh Penguins lightly when they open their home season tomorrow.

(Photo by Peter Martin/The Gazette)

127 Comments

  1. HabFab says:

    Good size but forwards look like a Republican Party Convention ;)
    http://www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/team/roster/

    I see Geoffrion is now listed as a Center…oookayyy!

  2. HabFab says:

    Forward lines: Palushaj-Bournival-Holland, Quailer-Geoffrion-Gallagher, Blunden-Boyce-Leblanc, Hagel-Dumont-Stortini.
    Defence pairings: Beaulieu-St. Denis, Tinordi-Nash, Corbin-Pateryn. Extra F: Avtsin, Berger. Extra D: Ellis.
    Goal: Mayer starts

    NOTE: not sure who is designated the Center for that 2nd line.

  3. Habfan10912 says:

    According to Derek Wills, Corbin is in with Ellis a healthy scratch.
    Update: Reports now saying Ellis has a lower body “issue”.
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  4. Lafleurguy says:

    The news just seems to get better and better, although bubbles are known to burst sometimes.

    Antoine Corbin, 20 yrs. old, 6’3″, 206 lbs., signed Oct. 10 by MB. Had played 2 games this season with the Prince Albert Raiders.
    2011-12 12G 13A __PIM. Born in Granby, P.Q. (where Michel Therrien coached a Memorial Cup winner).

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      I read that the Bulldogs offered contracts to Stephen MacAulay, and Kevin Gagné, but they both turned them down. Gagné said it wasn’t a tough decision, and MacAulay said he was set to sign then changed his mind.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        SB, I read some old notes and noticed you had posted the Corbin signing earliear. Nice dig. I confess to no knowlegde of non-Hab prospects. It’s one of the strong attractions of this site for me personally, the stuff I learn from the avid fans of junior ranks. I do remember Stormin’ strongly touting Mike Matheson before the June draft, and of course, there’s whiz kid no. 2 from Cole Harbour.

        On another note, I find it intriguing to list some of the “strong” posters who have been silent for weeks. H.A.N.D.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          It wasn’t much work on my part Lafleurguy, it was a story that covered half the front page of the sports section in the local newspaper. The paper was the province-wide version of the Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, NB). That paper has a website ( canadaeast.com ), but its pay-wall is impenetrable, so I can’t post a link.

      • Ron says:

        Were the contracts offered to both to be with the AHL or ECHL ? I was under the impression it would be ECHL as neither are ready for the AHL.

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          25 game professional try out contracts. I got the impression that Gagné would have been the 7th defenceman, and MacAulay the 11th/12th/13th forward, both in Hamilton. I think that all it really means for Habs fans is that Antoine Corbin and the Bulldogs 13th forward only made the team because two other guys chose not to sign.

          • Ron says:

            Surprised MacAulay did not take it though. He was brought in by Gallant I would think on the invite. He was never signed by St Louis after they drafted him so he must be hoping he can finish this year with SJ on a good note and have another crack at it next year. I can see Gagne not taking it cause he being so small he was only going to fill in till something bigger came along. Again we can see the Gallant influence on getting the invite to begin with.

  5. Lafleurguy says:

    Bulldogs:

    Goaltenders
    #29 Robert Mayer
    #30 Cedric Desjardins
    #39 Peter Delmas

    Defensemen
    #2 Greg Pateryn
    #3 Antoine Corbin
    #4 Brendon Nash
    #5 Jarred Tinordi
    #8 Nathan Beaulieu
    #32 Frederic St. Denis
    #44 Morgan Ellis

    Forwards
    #11 Alain Berger
    #12 Zack Stortini
    #13 Steve Quailer
    #14 Michael Blunden
    #15 Kyle Hagel
    #17 Brendan Gallagher
    #18 Michael Bournival
    #20 Louis Leblanc
    #23 Joonas Nattinen
    #28 Aaron Palushaj
    #37 Patrick Holland
    #40 Gabriel Dumont
    #47 Darryl Boyce
    #57 Blake Geoffrion
    #67 Alexander Avtsin

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  6. AliHaba says:

    Bozon–8games 13 points
    Hudon–9 games 13 points
    Vail–9 games 12 points
    Galchenyuk–7 games 9 points
    Archambault–9 games 9 points
    Kristo–1 goal and 2 assists in UND’s final exhibition game

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    A Nelson-Munz style HA HA to the Washington Nationals and their fans. I hope they never win.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  8. commandant says:

    2 goal night for Hudon last night, and another point for Bozon.

    Things looking good at Left Wing

    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Great news. Hudon responding to coaching is even better news. Thanks for the :info.

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    • Mark C says:

      The fact that Hudon lasted to the 5th round is now truly amusing. I think the same can be said for Bozon at this time. Trev and crew may have hit homeruns with both picks.

      In non-Habs prospect news, Sasha Barkov is crazy good. He’s leading the SM- liiga in goals and is 3rd in points as a just-turned-17-year old in an NHL lockout season. I’d love to add another Russian, not born in Russia player to the Habs.

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Anyone willing to take a bet on game 3 of the 92-93 seasons outcome? I actually remembered we started 1 and 1 and can’t remember Game 3 outcome. (Come on google, help me out) Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!

  10. Habfan10912 says:

    MINI SUMMIT NEWS.

    Hockey Inside Out Hamilton Summit (AKA Replacement Summit) News!

    We are all set for the October 26th Hamilton Bulldog vs. Toronto Marlies Game. Here’s what you need to do.

    You must call Greg Diamond at 905-546-8177 and mention HI/O Summit. Greg will let you know of the different price levels and take care of your order. Gold tickets are $20 for HIO members. He has assured us that we all will be sitting near each other. We may also have an opportunity to meet some of the Bulldog players.

    At this time we have no other formal plans. Please stay. tuned for any further plans such as lunch, drinks etc… Thanks to Habinburlington for arranging this for us! Hope to see you all there!

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  11. jon514 says:

    Go Leblanc, Palushaj, and BabyBOOM! Make the most of this time and bring home the Calder Cup!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Yep! Opening game tonight. I looked at the defensive corps yesterday and man that is some group of youngsters. Really looking forward to the trip on the 26th.

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  12. pmaraw says:

    so…. is pk subban signed yet?

  13. Ferg says:

    I keep hearing on sports radio that 10 teams are making money, 10 are treading water, and 10 are losing money. Since everyone is dealing in fantasies right now, consider my fantasy…

    Imagine a league with just 10 teams. A league where the top 250 players in the world play without a salary cap. A league without revenue sharing where 10 franchises make what they can and keep what they make. A league with Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Vancouver, Los Angeles. East vs West. No Columbus, No Phoenix, No Tampa Bay. No Anaheim. A league where each team can put out 4 lines that will bring you out of your seat to cheer. A league where skill would be on display and the tough guys would have to be able to contribute. A league without fringe players. A league without defensive coaches who have to play it safe and hope to get a lucky one. A league that celebrates Claude Giroux, Max Pacioretti, the Sedins, Sydney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and Zdeno Chara.

    Now what do we have instead? We have a league that currently is shut down. For what? Geoff Molson makes a lot of money. MLSE makes a lot of money. Jeremy Jacobs makes a lot of money. Ed Snyder makes a lot of money. Sydney Crosby makes a lot of money. Andrei Markov makes a lot of money. Hell, the lowest paid player in the league makes half a million! So who isn’t making money? 10-20 owners. Well…if you can’t piss with the big dogs, don’t run with them. I find it hard to believe that men smart enough to become multi-millionaires in business and industry could be stupid enough to be tricked into losing millions in sports. Their other business interests support the money-losing hockey team. They knew that going in and they know it now. All this hand-wringing about losing millions every year is smoke and mirrors. I lose every cent I spend on lottery tickets, but it is not my sole source of income. Same with the owners. They lose what they can afford to lose. If they are losing more, then they are stupid. Don’t feel sorry for stupid people.

    Now don’t go thinking I’m in the players corner. The outrageous contracts they get and the pissing and moaning they do is embarassing. And first sign of a missed paycheque and they are over in Europe and Russia taking the spot some minor-league lifer hoped to have. Not all of them. And not for a lot of money. But if you really want to see this thing through to the end, stick around for the fight.

    No, there is no one to feel sorry for in this fight except yourself. The owners don’t care about you and the players don’t care about you either. Nobody cares about you. And the longer you sit around and wish this love of yours would return, the more pitiful you are.

    Blow up this league, lose 20 franchises, lose 500 players, salt the earth, and start over.

    Or don’t.
    I actually don’t care any more.
    I’m watching the Golf Channel.

  14. frontenac1 says:

    Alright! First we have Moose and Volts in the Q, now we have Hitmen vs Oil Kings on Sportsnet!

  15. frontenac1 says:

    Ding Ding! Boudens vs Lewis Tilt. Decision Boudens.

  16. D Mex says:

    Help !
    I am coaching a midget rep team and trying to get everyone (players & parents) onside with wearing custom-fitted mouthguards. My primary concern is concussions.
    Things were going nicely until one (1) parent, who scouts for an NHL team, hit ‘ reply to all ‘ to ask if his son, the goaltender, has to wear one (no, he does NOT scout for the Habs) …
    Anyhow, I want to go back to him with a couple of YouTube links for killer hits on NHL goaltenders – Lucic on Miller comes to mind.
    Q : Are there any other examples out there that come to mind ?
    Thanks in advance guys …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  17. Phil C says:

    From Bob McKenzie’s article posted below: “And, to a very large degree, for many of the players, that concept of taking less than 100 per cent of their 20102-13 salary is the emotional flashpoint of this entire lockout. That, in my opinion, is the single biggest reason for NHLPA solidarity.”

    This comment by Bob articulates why I think the owners are the cause for this labour dispute. The players seem to understand that 57% is too high, so do the fans (at least here on HIO according to the poll). But asking for an immediate rollback on salaries for next year is too greedy and has caused the players to make a stand.

    So here’s my solution: according to capgeek, about $1.7B is committed to salaries so far, and most teams have at least 21 players on the roster, so most teams are set. $1.7B represents about 54% of HRR, so that that should be the cap for next year. That way, no one will need to take a pay cut as long as the owners stop spending and GMs make a few creative moves to complete their rosters.

    The upper and lower limit change would still be an obstacle. I believe (I am no expert) that under the current system that the upper and lower limit of the cap is +/- 8 million from the 57% number. At 54%, the upper limit would become $66M and the floor would be $50M. This obviously would not work because too many teams would be above the upper limit.

    Part of the problem with the current CBA is that the upper/lower limit is a fixed amount instead of a percentage. Instead of +/-$8M, they could change it to +/- 20%. At 54%, this would result in an upper limit of around $70B and a floor of about $46M. This way, everyone stays under the upper limit, low revenue teams have a much better chance of breaking even, and the players do not have to take a pay cut to get under the cap. Everybody wins. Drop the puck.

    In short:
    – ’12-’13 salary cap of 54% of HRR, with $70M upper limit, $46M lower limit (plus or minus 20%);
    – No rollback of current contracts as long as teams stay below 54% on average;
    – for subsequent seasons, the players share can further reduce to 50%( or 52% or whatever) as HRR grows, guaranteeing no salary rollbacks. This would take 1-2 more years after next if the league continues to grow as projected, which should not be a big deal for the owners.
    – Increase revenue sharing to sweeten the pot for the players;
    – Drop the puck.

    As per Bob Mckenzie, if the salary rollback issue is the biggest reason for player solidarity, an offer like this would put a lot of pressure on the NHLPA to settle. Git ‘er dun Gary and Don.

    • HabFab says:

      Some very good ideas there, hope the two sides can do as well.
      The players lost some sympathy from me when they decided against the the NHL’s advise to activate the 12-13 season growth of almost 10% to the Salary Cap. This increase represented 5.25% share overall and would have cushioned against any roll backs of salaries.
      Instead the teams had to add $6,000,000 per and spend like idiots over the summer.

      • Phil C says:

        I know what you are saying, the negotiation would have more flexibility if they had frozen the cap in July. At the same time, the owners were not forced to spend the money, they could have chosen to keep their payrolls the same. The worst case scenario would be that they would be forced to top up the players to 57% at the end of the season when they settled the escrow calculations. I’m sure Bettman wishes that the owners had shown more restraint.

        But either way, it seems that both sides underestimated the other side’s resolve. It still shocks me that they have resorted to brinkmanship tactics to solve a dispute over a few percent either way. The Ottawa announcer Dean Brown was on the radio yesterday with a very solid observation. I am paraphrasing, but he said everyone knows how this dispute will end, that the solution will be around 50-50 with increased revenue sharing, but the obstacle is how to get there without damaging the egos of Bettman and Fehr, and that will be difficult. It must be frustrating for a guy like that who is missing his paycheck even though the solution is obvious to everyone.

  18. frontenac1 says:

    3-2 Moose. Volts comming back with a beauty setup by Archambault.

    • Ron says:

      Front, will this be the same TVA channel that will do some of the Bulldogs games ?

      • frontenac1 says:

        Ron. Don’t know that. It is channel 1883 on Bell Expressvu (TVASH)
        4-2 Halifax in 2nd. Archambault 2 assists ,MacKinnon 1 assist.

        • Ron says:

          I’m watching it now. Was wondering as mine is TVASH thru Rogers down east in NB. Hope it is. This is a good game. Just tuned in when I seen your score comment. MacKinnon can skate for a big lad.

          • frontenac1 says:

            Yeah. Mackinnon and Archambault have been moving the puck well tonight.
            The colour guy was saying there are lots of scouts there tonight.

  19. Hotsauce says:

    I CHANGE MY MIND
    ADAM ERNE IS A BOSS, F**KING DRAFT HIM!

    AN ABSOLUTE TANK WHO CAN SCORE!!!!

  20. frontenac1 says:

    Whoa! Mooseheads vs. Voltigeures on TVA.! 2-0 Moose in the 1st.

  21. club_de_hockey says:

    Now this is what I’m talking about! Pretty interesting to read about a team destined for the Cup later that year being throttled by a newly minted Ottawa team with a bunch of names I don’t recognise. I’ll take this over a simulated season any day

  22. Lafleurguy says:

    Avtsin was a later round draft. Berger was a free agent signing, and someone who hails from the land that gave us Aebischer, Streit, Weber, and Diaz, and the four fans who came overseas last season to watch their hero Diaz play and were profiled on HIO. Avtsin and Berger have good size and skate well. No surprise they made the ‘Dogs.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  23. Hotsauce says:

    Anthony Mantha and Samuel Morin, two veeerry gooood prospects that I think the Habs should go out of their way to snatch in the 2013 draft, Mantha is a big, tough, nasty power forward with scoring touch, Morin is a beast of a defensive defenseman. They are 6,3 and 6,5 respectively, and could very well climb another inch or two. Size, toughness, talent this is everything a team needs.

    I would love to hear what commandant thinks about either of them though, he seems to have the inside track on prospects.

    • Ron says:

      You could go visit his site, I’m sure that if they are worth a review Ben has added something on them

    • frontenac1 says:

      Never heard of these guys but they sound interesting. Kitchener Rangers in town tonight and can’t make it due to prior commitment.Plymouth in next week.Anyone there I should watch for? Over to you Commandant.
      Gracias Amigo.

  24. HabFab says:

    Pribyl finally got a Czech League game in and picked up an assist… “darn NHL scabs”!
    Also Nystrom keeps on scoring in Sweden 3+11 in 10 GP and Diaz in Switzerland 3+7 in 9 GP.

  25. ed lopaz says:

    Alexander Avtsin is the same age as Louis Leblanc. He is 21 years old, and he won’t be 22 until next March.

    But he never played Junior hockey – so all of his “development” has been by playing in the KHL as an 18 year old and the last 2 seasons in Hamilton.

    He has experienced the same injury to his hand 2 seasons in a row in Hamilton, and it has been very frustrating for him.

    But now he seems to be healthy.

    The young man is a monster prospect – he is a great skater despite his big frame and his stickhandling and shot are first rate talent.

    So now he needs to mature and work his tail off, he needs to re-build his confidence, and he needs a chance to play top 6 minutes in Hamilton and on the power play. He is an offensive player who does not belong on the 3rd or 4th line.

    He has family here in Montreal and nothing would make him happier then to blossom into an NHL player for the Habs.

    If he stays healthy, if he works hard and earns his chance on the top 6, we should get to see him produce at this age in the AHL – maybe on a line with Leblanc.

  26. HabFab says:

    A nice objective look at the CBA deadlock by Bob McKenzie;
    http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/bob_mckenzie/?id=407263

  27. Habfan10912 says:

    Not a bad looking blueline, eh?

    http://www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/pressbox/news/?article_id=74
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  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    As per the discussions below about NHLers staying over in Russia after the lockout ends:
    I heard Pierre LeBrun on TSN 690 yesterday state that no player with an NHL contract will be allowed to play for a KHL team once the NHL resumes. The KHL and NHL both agreed.

  29. Bripro says:

    One of the true all-heart players that I’ve ever watched!

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    “I’m here to tell you: Gary Bettman hasn’t felt this alive since he killed Harry Potter’s parents.”

  30. Habfan10912 says:

    Jacques was fired in Detroit and then won a cup in Montreal. Funny how some coaches have more success their second and third time around. Hmmm.
    (Now ducking for cover)

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  31. Bripro says:

    There’s some discussion of the possibility of players who have gone over to play in the KHL, staying there!
    With massive contracts like Kovalchuk’s, I don’t see how that can happen. Perhaps those who are either UFAs or soon to be.

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    “I’m here to tell you: Gary Bettman hasn’t felt this alive since he killed Harry Potter’s parents.”

    • shiram says:

      Unless those guys are not under contract for next season, I don’t see it happening.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Granted my sample is very small but the quality of play in the KHL is NOT NHL level. Also, I’ve read that some of the barns are small and substandard. That would also hint at some money issues although the Dynomo rink looked very nice.
      Good luck tonight! My wife is dragging me to a concert. Ugh. Baseball and College Hockey I will miss.

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      • Bripro says:

        Although, if it’s true that the KHL is getting better, they might start looking at new venues with larger facilities…. just speculating.

        Is your wife twisting your rubber arm?

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        “I’m here to tell you: Gary Bettman hasn’t felt this alive since he killed Harry Potter’s parents.”

        • Habfan10912 says:

          Well wait a minute. I’m the boss of my house, when the wife let’s me. :)
          Believe it or not us “old” people still have date nights. Who knows, I might get lucky! CHeers.
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          • Bripro says:

            Wow, I can’t wait to get old….
            Good luck to you bud! ;)

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            “I’m here to tell you: Gary Bettman hasn’t felt this alive since he killed Harry Potter’s parents.”

  32. Timo says:

    New poll.

    By the end of the lockout Gui! will bulk up to:

    a) 250 lbs
    b) 275 lbs
    c) 300 lbs
    d) 400 lbs

  33. Desi says:

    Peter Sidorkiewitz — that’s a name from the past. I can’t believe the Habs ever lost to that guy. What a sieve!

  34. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I nominate Stu Cowan for the Professional Sports Writers Association’s Copy & Paste Award

    …if there isn’t such an award, there should be :(

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    …for the foreseeable future I will be annoyingly and shamelessly crusading for Our Montreal Canadiens to retire Toe Blake’s number 6 …and add His banner in the rafters next to Our other former Greats
    …now some of You may believe Toe was only a Great Coach, and as a Player, did not quite rate such an honor …and/or do not want yet another low-number unavailable to contemporary Players
    …maybe forgetting Toe Blake won an NHL scoring championship, the Hart Trophy and a Lady Byng, and led Our Habs in scoring in 6 seasons of His Hall Of Fame playing career …He was an essential component with The Rocket and Elmer Lach on ‘The Punch Line’ which was the most feared scoring line of it’s day
    …most remember Toe Blake as the genius Coach of the Montreal Canadiens at the cusp of Our Golden Era …the Golden Era that most of Us were inspired by to follow Our Habs as if it was ‘a religion’ unto It’s own
    …Toe Blake’s name is on 11 rings of the Stanley Cup; 8 as Our Coach, 2 as a Player for the Montreal Canadiens and one as a Montreal Maroon
    …Toe Blake was the ‘heart and soul’ Whom inspired and ‘showed the way’ to Our great Players of the time, both as a Player and as Our Coach
    …His Legacy is greatly taken for granted, I strongly believe, by the fact Toe Blake’s number 6 is not represented yet in the rafters of the Bell Centre
    …the totality of Toe Blake’s legacy, as a Player and Our Coach, to the History and exceptional success of the Montreal Canadiens as the most famous brand in the hockey world is way past the overdue stage
    …I wish to request all Montreal Canadiens Fans to join with Ian Cobb and I to right a wrong
    …I suggested to Ian to theme this year’s Summit on Toe Blake …to incorporate some homage to Toe …maybe even make a request to Hurley’s Tavern to try to replicate the ambiance of the famed former Toe Blake’s Tavern
    …I will leave that to Ian, of what is doable in that regard …knowing Ian, He is more than capable (Note Bene: such may not be possible this October, because of the projected lock-out)
    …meanwhile, some clear input must be made by Habs’ Fans that agree with the objective, to let Their feelings and opinions be known to Geoff Molson and Montreal Canadiens Management
    …that means You !!! Boys and Girls
    …if this is something You would like to make right as I and Ian do, I provide the following mail contacts to send Your requests to ‘Retire Number 6 !!!’
    …if anyOne out there have other suggestions please let Ian and I know …they will be considered and appreciated

    The following are the most relevant to send your testimonial to Retire Number 6 !!!:
    Geoff Molson: President and Owner (Twitter; @gmolsonchc)
    Kevin Gilmore: VP Operations

    Send your testimonial to:

    [Name of person]
    c/o The Montreal Canadiens
    1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
    Montreal, QC, CANADA
    H3C 5L2

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    Michel F.Therrien ???: HIS’ new Official Habs’ Fan Theme Song; Morrissey/The Smiths ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfkvPnjb9hs

    HIS’ alternative HIO Official Theme Song: ‘MTL Stand-up !': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK0l0XEW3Dw
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    HIO’s BC Odd Couple: UCe, the supercilious stickler; and HIS, the stubbornly relentless ‘schismatist’ :)
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    What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
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    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    Bring Back Boone !!!

    …and, last, but not least: FREE PUSSY RIOT !!!

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    I remember going out with buddies to watch this at a brand new sports bar in Wpg. at the time. I was so ready to watch the Habs spoil a brand new barn opening and wow did we get clobbered. I couldn’t even take solace in Dougie Smail playing well for that Senator team. All my buddies hated the Habs and they all made bets with me for that game, thought i was gonna leave the bar rich, left it poor.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Doug Smail….was cross-checked in the face by Paul Gardner of the Whalers in Smail’s first game back after suffering a broken jaw. This led to Winnipeg’s and John Ferguson’s first ever no. one pick, Jimmy Mann sucker punching Gardner as they lined up for a face-off. In the top five of sucker punches:

      1. Todd Bertuzzi on Steve Moore
      2. Matt Johnson on Jeff Beukeboom
      3. Louie Sleigher on Jean Hamel
      4. Tie Domi on Ulf Sammuelsson
      5. Jimmy Mann on Paul Gardner
      6. Dave Schultz on Lanny McDonald
      7. Andre Dupont on Peter Mahovolich

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • habsfan0 says:

      Wow, the Steelers looked as bad last night as the Buffalo Bills did in their last 2 games.

      Well…maybe not THAT bad.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Sure did. Such is life in the NFL habsfan0. One week teams look like Super Bowl contenders, the next, pretenders.

        Well….maybe not the Bills. :)

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        • Bripro says:

          “Super Bowl contenders”?
          Who are you referring to?
          The Texans? The Falcons? The Patriots?….

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  36. Lizardking89 says:

    That team had a tonne of heart and character. Savard made some great moves acquiring Damphousse, Muller and Bellows. They had a great player’s coach in Demers and of course the best money goalie of all time St. Patrick.

  37. commandant says:

    Great to read Red’s old work, even if it was a disappointing game for the Habs that night.

    Go Habs Go!
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  38. habsfan0 says:

    1992-93 Habs.

    Hopefully,the current edition of the team will emulate that squad’s work ethic.

    • Timo says:

      Absolutely. Scott Gomez will lead the way in the “work ethic” department.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Probably more sensible to link this, but here’s Bulldog news:

        Goaltenders
        #29 Robert Mayer
        #30 Cedric Desjardins
        #39 Peter Delmas

        Defensemen
        #2 Greg Pateryn
        #3 Antoine Corbin
        #4 Brendon Nash
        #5 Jarred Tinordi
        #8 Nathan Beaulieu
        #32 Frederic St. Denis
        #44 Morgan Ellis

        Forwards
        #11 Alain Berger
        #12 Zack Stortini
        #13 Steve Quailer
        #14 Michael Blunden
        #15 Kyle Hagel
        #17 Brendan Gallagher
        #18 Michael Bournival
        #20 Louis Leblanc
        #23 Joonas Nattinen
        #28 Aaron Palushaj
        #37 Patrick Holland
        #40 Gabriel Dumont
        #47 Darryl Boyce
        #57 Blake Geoffrion
        #67 Alexander Avtsin

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  39. Habfan10912 says:

    Sure is looking that way plus there is a pretty good group of potential at Hamilton also. Now if there could just be NHL hockey. Sigh.

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