1992-93 Habs season flashback: Game 10 shootout in Philly

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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 4-3-2  record into a game against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Oct. 24, 1992. Here is Red Fisher’s story from that game:

Habs win shootout in Philadelphia; Canadiens get job done without supporting Racicot

RED FISHER
The Gazette

CANADIENS 7
FLYERS 6

PHILADELPHIA – It seems that Jacques Demers had a heart-tugging monologue to deliver to his troops during the first intermission of this shootout. Such as:

“Hey, guys, it’s true we’re leading this thing, 4-3, but we’ve got to bear down for Andre, right? We can’t leave him out there alone, right? Got that, guys?”

Andre is Racicot, who’s the backup goaltender for this bunch which held on mightily to handle the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-6. He has now allowed 14 goals in the two games he’s played.

“Racicot wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t great, either,” coach Demers was to mention much later. “On the other hand, I’ve got to ask the players how much did we bear down for him? Not much.”

Listen, for a moment, to Mike Keane, who was the Canadiens’ best player with his goal and assists on others by Lyle Odelein, Patrice Brisebois and Stephan Lebeau:

“For some reason, we don’t play as well in front of him as we do in front of Patrick Roy,” said Keane. “I don’t know why. Is it because we know Patrick will make the second and third stops and Andre doesn’t? What I do know is that it’s the team’s job to tighten up. We’re the ones who have to bear down.

“I thought he made a lot of good stops, but I don’t think we helped him a lot. He allowed eight goals in Buffalo the last time he played,” added Keane. “He also had 50 shots. How much help did we give him?”

The Canadiens, you should know, barely helped Racicot at all during last night’s fading moments, when the Flyers came storming back from a 7-4, third-period deficit. First, Greg Paslawski scored the last of his three goals a little beyond the midway point of the period to haul the Flyers to within two. Then Brian Benning beat Racicot with fewer than two minutes remaining, thus setting the table for an all-out assault by the Flyers for the tying goal. History will note they missed by only inches – but they missed.

“The last goal,” Demers was to mention, “was a bad one, but I’ve got to be fair to the kid. I’ve used him twice now in the second of back-to-back games. In other words, he’s played behind a team which had something taken out of it the night before.

“He’s still got to prove the job belongs to him, but I won’t really know a whole lot about him until he plays behind a fresh team, know what I mean?”

This was an ugly game in many ways, particularly in the nets. Stephane Beauregard, for example, was driven from his post after the Canadiens got goals from Brian Bellows, Mathieu Schneider, Gilbert Dionne and Keane on only six first-period shots. His replacement, Dominic Roussel, was beaten by Odelein in the second, and by Brisebois and Lebeau in the third.

This was a night when most people, and particularly Flyers fans, who left the arena in bunches after Lebeau had provided his associates with a three-goal margin, were moved to wonder where have all the goalies gone? Not, apparently, to Philadelphia.

Beauregard was a mediocre performer on a plucky team. Eric Lindros came out of this one with assists on all three Paslawski goals, but he wasn’t The Force, so to speak. He is a long way from grabbing these Flyers by the throat and lifting them to a playoff level.

Too much about this game was ugly, starting with the goaltending, but there surely was something positive for the Canadiens to take with them out of it and, for that matter, the weekend.

The victory, for example, provides them with a 4-0-1 record on their current streak. They’ve scored 32 goals during that time – and the best thing about the offence is that it’s come from a flood of players.

Right now, this is a team bubbling with confidence – except in the area of backup goaltending.

“That’s our fault, nobody else’s,” insists Keane. “I mean, if we can play well in front of a Patrick Roy, we should be able to do the same in front of any other goaltender. We’re finding out we can score the goals, but we can’t forget about our defence.”

That, obviously, includes not forgetting about Racicot the next time he’s called upon to be part of the gang which has learned to shoot straight.

(Photo by Peter Martin/The Gazette)

23 Comments

  1. AceMagnum says:

    I have that game on tape.

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    THE KINGS ARE KINGS!! 2012

  2. habs001 says:

    Looking good for a great lineup for the world juniors tournament if dec is also canc…

  3. SmartDog says:

    Wpw the HIO crew are really working to find something to write about.

    How about writing about… I dunno…. hockey in 2012. What’s happening with the Dogs, our prospects on other teams? What about top prospects of other clubs – are they working out? Who’s burning it up.. who’s looking like a bust? What about the rule changes being tried out in the AHL? We know the lock-out is hurting businesses but there must be stories to tell – anyone going under? Is there ANYONE it’s helping?

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • shiram says:

      Funnily enough, Andrew Berkshire has been putting out interesting pieces since the lockout started, and they aren’t even stats heavy! I’m thinking it’s the same with Seriousfan09, he’s probably still chugging along with this rookies/prospect reports.

      • HabFab says:

        Berkie has no stats to draw from :) As for Serious he put out his first Prospect report the first of the week. He can be found at All Habs.

      • SmartDog says:

        Maybe Berkie will realize life is better now that he’s not using corsi stats as a crutch. Keep it real Berkie – stay on the wagon!

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        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

        • shiram says:

          I’ll admit he was over the top some times, but you can’t fault him on passion and dedication, he loves hockey and he is working to bring us fans some interesting pieces.

  4. Ron says:

    It is now official, all games for November cancelled. As per LeBrun
    Edit: and now McKenzie

  5. commandant says:

    I messaged Derek congrats on the 1000th game, and that the Hockey Inside/Out group will be at G&G at 11:30, drinks on us if he wants to celebrate.

    Doubt he shows up, but still.

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

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Perhaps with Mr. Hickey in Hamilton this weekend we will get a couple threads that relate to the Dogs play this weekend.

    I will do my best to remain sober throughout game tonight to provide an About Last Night, however, this will not be posted until Saturday morning, as after the game more bevies will be inhaled.

  7. Lafrich says:

    I appreciate that hockeyinsideout is trying, but does anybody care about this 1992-1993 season replay feature? Or the simulated season that they are doing? It just keeps starting new threads that make it difficult to continue with some conversations.

    • mark-ID says:

      Haha Lafrich funny you say that, that is exactly what happened to my last two comments……I posted and immediately after a new thread popped up. So of course barely a reply.

      Funny how things change…usually during the season…we can’t wait for a new thread to be made.

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • bwoar says:

      I like it. Haven’t seen Stephane Beauregard mentioned in ages. It’s nice to remember a time when my only concerns about the NHL were the Habs winning the Cup and the Jets hopefully staying in Winnipeg.

  8. shiram says:

    obligatory anti first comment


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