1992-93 Habs season flashback: Game 9 tie with Rangers


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 4-3-1  record into a game against the Rangers in New York on Oct. 23, 1992. Here is Red Fisher’s story from that game:

Canadiens rally to tie Rangers; Sensational Savard, Roy spur Habs comeback

The Gazette


NEW YORK – Denis Savard sits there and talks about how nice it is to leap out of the starting blocks with 17 points in his first nine games and yeah, how if a guy plays well in his own end, the offensive chances will come.

“It’s got nothing to do with the reins coming off,” he insisted in the moments after he and his associates came out of a completely entertaining struggle locked up 3-3.

Savard, you should know, can be a great kidder.

From the start of the season, he has been spending more time in the opposition’s zone than he normally spent in a week of games the last two seasons. He’s challenged people one on one and, obviously, has been winning most of the skirmishes – which is why he now leads the Canadiens with four goals and 13 assists … and counting.

“I really don’t think we’ve lost anything on defence,” said Savard, whose goal late in the second period brought the Canadiens all the way back in a game they trailed 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 midway through the second.

Maybe not, but what game was he watching last night? For example, has he checked with New York Rangers super-sniper Mike Gartner lately?

Gartner, who scored the only Rangers goal in the second period, after Mark Messier and Jan Erixon had beaten Patrick Roy in the first, had Roy on his mind even before the start of this game.

“He has no glaring weaknesses,” Gartner said of Roy. “He’s just very consistent night after night. He doesn’t have too many bad games. You have to score on him. He’s not going to beat himself.”

Roy, obviously, didn’t stop everything last night – but he came close. He made 14 saves, including several exceptional ones, in the first period when the Rangers appeared to leave the Canadiens dead in the water.

He was even better in the final seconds of regulation time, when he stopped the Rangers’ heavy artillery – and superb in the overtime when he stopped five among the game-total 40.

“Roy did it all for us,” agreed Savard. “He kept us alive.”

What Savard meant was that Roy breathed enough life into the Canadiens for what surely was a high-character comeback with second-period goals from Gilbert Dionne, Todd Ewen and Savard.

What he also meant was that yes, indeed, the Canadiens were delighted to leave Broadway with a point.

Roy’s work wasn’t the only reason the Canadiens were still alive and well at game’s end, but he surely was the biggest.

As Gartner says, he didn’t beat himself – except, perhaps, on Gartner’s goal midway through the second period – but only after Jean-Jacques Daigneault’s clearing pass had been intercepted by Gartner. Roy was on his game in every way, as he has been in his three preceding games during which the Canadiens had outscored the opposition 22-7.

Mark this down: goaltenders don’t play much better than Roy did in last night’s first period, which belonged to the Rangers. They surely don’t play better than when he made stops on Tony Amonte and Messier late in regulation time and in overtime.

How one-sided was last night’s first period?

Scotty Bowman, whose Pittsburgh Penguins appear poised to make a laugher out of the race this season, didn’t make it to Madison Square Garden on a scouting mission until the end of the first period. Maybe Bowman doesn’t feel he has to scout more than two periods of any game, but the reality is that he didn’t miss anything. At least, not if he had any interest whatever in what the Canadiens were doing against the Rangers.

The Canadiens weren’t credited with their second shot of the period until there were fewer than five minutes remaining in it. In other words, take away Roy’s brilliance, or even diminish it slightly, and the Rangers were in a postion to put away this game early.

Soviet import Alexei Kovalev, for example, had a couple taken away by Roy. Gartner had his pocket picked while the Canadiens went about the business of tossing away the puck in their own end.

So what was it that happened in the final two periods – or the greatest part of them?

“We were overconfident after the first period,” said Rangers coach Roger Neilson. “We certainly fell asleep during the second period. I think you can say it was our worst period of the year.”

Perhaps, but it also may have been the Canadiens’ best – and they made the Rangers like it.

The Dionne goal, for example, was an outgrowth of the sophomore coming out from behind John Vanbiesbrouck’s net without a Ranger laying a hand on him. So was the Savard power-play goal, after Ewen had caught an open side of the net.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)



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  2. Luke says:

    Re: 1992-93 season.

    What the heck happened this year anyways? I’ve always wondered why the individual scoring was absolutely off the charts for this season.

    20 guys with 45+goals?
    25 with 60+ assists?
    22 100 point guys?

    Madness. I’m sure glad they fixed hockey (/sarcasm).

  3. ed lopaz says:

    if the NHL can come up with more moves like moving the Islanders to Brooklyn there would be much less financial stress on the CBA, and everyone would be better off.

    there is a huge Russian population in Brooklyn today, with a family history of supporting hockey. these fans could be frustrated by a lack of available tickets to Rangers’ games. (2.5 million people live in Brooklyn and about 350,000 are of Russian descent.)

    moving Phoenix to Quebec would be like moving Atlanta to Winnipeg, would it not? At least financially this would be a huge coup for the owners’ side.

    then we could move one more team to the GTA and we would be well on our way to labour-management peace.

    I think this move is brilliant for the Islanders’ owners, for the league, and therefore for the players and the fans as well.

    • Chris says:

      Ed: I follow your point and generally agree.

      But I just can’t make the leap to where the Islanders’ owner, Charles Wang, gets mentioned in the same sentence as the word brilliant in a hockey context. 🙂

    • Chris says:

      Even if he was directly quoted, I have no problem with the original quote. He said that he just wants a decision made one way or the other so that the player’s can get on with their lives.

      People took this as a slight of the NHL. But the context was that his heart wasn’t in playing for his KHL team because he was expecting that he would be bolting for Nashville as soon as a deal is signed.

      If anybody should be upset, it was Russian hockey fans. But as is always the case when a European hockey player is involved, some chose to see his comments as an indicator that he simply doesn’t care about the NHL.

  4. jols101 says:

    Was just on the OHL site and they announced their All Star team that will play the Russian Juniors as part of the Subway Super Series. No Galchenyuk. I guess he wasn’t good enough to make the team? Sounds odd to me, is there another reason he is not on the team?

    • Cal says:

      Yup. He’s American.

      • jols101 says:

        Thanks, that is what i thought but there was no mention that it was just for Canadian kids, they call it an OHL All Star team. I think anyone playing in the League should be allowed to play. Thanks again for the clarification.

        • Chris says:

          I agree. The Subway Super Series is a rather silly event. I’ve seen a couple of the games in the past, and the hockey is not terribly good, because the kids are thrown together with very little time to play together.

          They try to drum up fan support by making it Canada vs. Russia, but it would be more interesting if it were CHL against a travelling team of European juniors. Let the kids playing in Sweden, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany play against the best of the CHL in a 7 game series. I think that that would be a more interesting event.

          Turn it into a 3-way tournament with the best of the NCAA taking part as well. I think the players in the different groups would give a lot to show that their development choice was the best one, making for potentially interesting hockey games.

    • commandant says:

      He is not Russian or Canadian so what team will he play on?

      Go Habs Go!
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  5. commandant says:

    Last week Mike looked at the meaning of the H in the CH.

    This week he turns his attention to the Maple Leafs… Have they made a spelling error? Should they be Maple Leaves?


    Go Habs Go!
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    • Mustang says:

      As strange as this sounds, I have often wondered about their name. A leaf is singular while the plural would be leaves. However, the way they have played the past 10 or 15 years, the “Toronto Laughs” sounds better to me.

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    • shiram says:

      A new thread creates a new “first” and for some, it’s all they have to look forward to right now, would you take that away from them?

    • Bripro says:

      If we need to feed a new thread with current hockey events, we might not see a new one until January, or beyond.

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    • If i said that I’d get so much criticism…but you are right… By the way the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn…
      This is good news for the NHL…revenues will rise significantly by getting rid of the Nassau Coliseum and replacing it with a brand new state of the art building in Brooklyn.

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  7. Chuck says:

    By the way… anybody here doing the Friday night mini-summit Bulldogs game in Hamilton? What are the plans for meeting up before the game? I’d have to have our 17-month old with me, and get her home for bed at a reasonable time (probably necessitating leaving the game early) so I was wondering if it would be worth our while to get a ticket.

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

    • Bripro says:

      Hey Chuck. Talk to Burly. He picked one up for me, but I can’t make the trip. You’re welcome to it, if he hasn’t found another taker.

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

    • commandant says:

      I won’t be able to make dinner, but the Summitters are going for dinner at Tailgate Charlies before the game.

      I will be at the game.

      For those who can show up after the game, I’ve got us a reservation under the name “Ben” at Gown and Gavel.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • Habfan10912 says:

        Thanks Ben. Burly is still working with the Dogs for us to meet s few of the players after the game. You still doing the Gally game Sunday afternoon?


        • commandant says:

          Yes, I’m still going Sunday.

          Let me know if the meeting the players thing will happen, as I’ll push our reservations back an hour to accomodate that and we don’t lose our table when we are late.

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

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Chuck, we’d love to see you. I will let Burly know you’re looking for him.


  8. Chuck says:


    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

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