Habs 1992-93 season flashback: Players’ only meeting after loss to Nordiques


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 20-9-3  record into a game against the Quebec Nordiques on Dec. 16, 1992 at the Forum. Below is Red Fisher’s story from that game:

Habs all talk and no action in loss to Nordiques 




Long after this one was over, too long, the doors on this chamber of horrors remained locked.

What, after all, does it matter if a Canadiens organization is fined $500 for keeping the dandy lions of journalism at bay beyond the maximum 10 minutes after the end of a game – when infinitely more was lost in this 5-1 thrashing by the Quebec Nordiques?

“A meeting,” a Canadiens spokesman was to explain. “The players have asked for a meeting by themselves. No coach in the room. No trainers. Only the players.”

It may have been the first time the players met, as a team, all night.

Did these young bloods get together to determine why it is that this team has relinquished 15 goals in the last two games?

Did they talk about what had to be done tonight in Quebec to make things better?

Did they wonder aloud why it is that after one monologue after another has been delivered to warn against the idea of falling behind by several goals, that’s precisely what happened to them last night – yet again.

There almost surely was a lot of time devoted to their own shortcomings last night. After all, their only goal was scored in the third period by Kirk Muller. Far too little and much too late, of course, when it’s considered that Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko had provided the Nordiques with a first-period 2-0 lead, and Joe Sakic had added another in the second before Muller beat Ron Hextall only seconds into the final period.

Was this to be the beginning of yet another Canadiens comeback – the stuff that led them to victories over some of the National Hockey League garage-league teams?

Not on this night. Not when the Nordiques came armed, as a team, and it was left to Rucinsky and the brilliant Mats Sundin to round off the corners to this romp with goals.

How much did they talk behind those closed doors about Quebec goaltender Hextall, who stopped 35 Canadiens shots?

Were there any words for and about Patrick Roy, who didn’t stop five of Quebec’s 31?

Oh, there surely must have been a lot to talk about, but in the final analysis, all that mattered last night was the splendid performance by the Nordiques, as a team – in every area. They were superior offensively, of course, while goaltender Hextall was handling the defence. And where they excelled, as well, was in the matter of discipline.

The Canadiens, you see, took penalties until it hurt, which is why three of the five Quebec goals were on the power play. The Sakic goal came while the Nordiques enjoyed a two-man advantage.

If the Canadiens’ first period sounds familiar, there’s a good reason for it.

It’s nine minutes into the game and Rucinsky sweeps in on Roy with a backhander which catches the top of the net.

Then, in the final minute of the period, Kovalenko catches the net after a Sakic pass – and it’s the dangerous game all over again.

Isn’t that what coach Jacques Demers has been delivering sermons about for too many weeks?

Down two, and it’s catchup hockey. Down two against the weak teams and good things still can happen. They can still happen against the strong teams, like Quebec – but only if a guy can find the spare inches on either side of Hextall, who was on another planet on this night.

Hextall wasn’t merely very good: he owned the Canadiens. He stopped ’em short and long. Once, while the Canadiens held a two- man advantage, Hextall stopped Brian Bellows on three of the five second-period shots Ol’ Beebee had. Is that frustration, or what?

Put it this way: Bellows was in a position to fill his pockets when the Nordiques were short-handed two men for 64 seconds – and was left empty. The Canadiens had four shots during that time and a chap named Vincent Damphousse hit the post and – nothing.

The biggest, if not the only reason: Hextall.

This was the Hextall who had lifted Philadelphia teams to another level in the long ago past. There he was, sprawling, leaping, catching and, most of all, stopping everything tossed at him.

Hextall was everything – but he had company. Lots of it.

The Canadiens players had meetings.

(Gazette file photo)


  1. HabinBurlington says:

    Just a note to some of the comments directed towards Americans in light of the tragedy in Connecticut. It is very simple for many of us Canadians to point out gun control as the primary issue.

    We should be reminded that there are many American brothers and sisters who are friends of ours on this site. These individuals are not to be blamed for the current U.S. rules and regulations. Does every Canadian here on this site take responsibility for decisions made by our government?

    We are all allowed to give our opinions on issues, but lets remind ourselves that many of our friends are on the receiving end of some posts made by us.

  2. Ron says:

    Corbin scored his first pro goal in the 2nd period and bring the Dogs to within one. 2-1 Admirals 2nd period.

    EDIT: 3-1 Admirals end of 2nd. Shots even at 24

  3. Habilis says:

    Courtesy of a Brian Wilde tweet, an article about Galchenyuk along with some clips. Good stuff.


  4. Ron says:

    Off tweeter : Bulldogs losing 1-0 to Admirals yet out shoot them 18-12. End of 1st.

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My 2 favourite teams Green Bay and New England both having very good years …it’s going to be bittersweet if they meet up at some point

    ,,,but, just to pique Brian, I think I’m going Green Bay ! 🙂

    ……hmmm, don’t tell Brian, the way Brady is playin’ He may get the last laugh 🙁

  6. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I have to give it up to Ian Cobb, regretfully

    …I’m not usually wrong, and I don’t like being ‘wrong’, but Ian stated in no uncertain terms this will be another lost year …the FULL season WILL be cancelled ! He said

    …well Ian, Me Boy, either the moderates and the susceptible among the owners become weak in the knees contemplating all the residual potentials inherent in the disclaimer of interest and possible dissolution of the NHLPA and break ranks with Bettman and the hardliners, this illogical impasse now in the courts will only get uglier, leaving little time to heal and realize a 2012/2013 season

    …these past several months I could not conceive such gross stupidity and mismanagement on both the NHL’s or NHLPA’s leadership parts to allow once again such a step backwards for the integrity and business of the game, not withstanding dissonanced disrespect to We the fans and those interdependent for their livelihoods

    …sparing a miracle, which You never know may happen, Ian, You seem to have been very prescient My Friend 🙁

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

    Bring Back Boone, and send Hickey to Hamilton !!!

  7. HabFab says:

    Sad but so Leaf…apparently Leaf players are also locked out of the restaurant beside the ACC owned by guess who…Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

    • Ron says:

      Lupul tweeted an hour ago that he should not have used tweeter to voice his displeasure. He went on to say he was just rattled…sure he was, Burke must have gave him a call.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      So now they have to pay for their own meals?

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

      • HabFab says:

        No soup for you! Period!!

        • Ron says:

          Its not so cut and dried as some players are coming to find out. Although petty, the Leafs appear to be holding the line inregard to player owner contact. It must have been a shocker for Lupul to walk in with the chest out and get deflated.

          • HabFab says:

            Apparently the Leaf CEO turned purple while negotiating as one of the moderate owners. No prisoners after that.

          • Chris says:

            I’ve got swampland for sale (for a really good price) if anybody actually believes that Larry Tanenbaum turned purple at the audacity of the players.

            Tanenbaum made his name working in the construction business. Come on…I don’t think he’s going to be exposed to much at the NHL negotiating table that would make him blush or apoplectic after what he must have seen over the years.

          • HabFab says:

            Now Chris old buddy! I only report crap, not make it up!

            Hold onto that swampland, may be oil there 😉

  8. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Oldies …but Goldies 🙂

  9. frontenac1 says:

    So they just had that Korean Gangham guy on Halftime show from Toronto Bills/Seahawk game. Don’t know whether its the booze or not but I really like that sh*t now. Saludos!

  10. Mr. Biter says:

    No contract talk just UND report. No games on DTV this weekend but Kristo 2 goals 4 assists and MacMillan 1 goal 2 assists in 2 UND wins.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  11. Propwash says:

    Could you imagine how many people would be ripping into Roy if HIO existed back then?

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

    • Mr. Biter says:

      When did HIO actually start?

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

      • Ron says:

        2006/2007 I believe if memory serves me right.

        • Bill J says:

          You would know, you’re practically a founding father. Member #23, since Nov. 2007 ….

          Go Habs Go!

          • HabFab says:

            Answered you on previous thread re declaring UFA’s.

          • Ron says:

            We were here before the Nov 2007 date. The site changed its format and we had to re register and that was the day I performed the request from the site creators. The site was up the year before so the old was 2006 I believe and 2007 became the new format date.

          • Chris says:

            The site had been around for a year and a half before the date listed on its current incarnation. We all had to roll out new accounts when they made a switch over.

      • HabFab says:

        If I have it correct, it started in one format in 2006 and then the present format in 2007.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          So 5 or 6 years of Fun, insults, information, mindless banter, hanging of players and management and excellent commentary. Lets hope for at least 6 more years.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

          • Ron says:

            Biter, you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff that crossed these pages over the years. I sit now and think back and believe me things are calm compared to some of the banter, insults etc. I’ve watched alot of posters come and go. The old Clint Eastwood movie, The Good The Bad and The Ugly could describe it best. In all there were alot of excellant commentary just as there is today. Just name changes.

        • geo_habsgo says:

          The present format and the website change only happened in 2010-2011. The old website was much cleaner and not so much white space. Remember when this new site launched we could upvote and downvote peoples comments? That was funny for a while but the level of discussion decreased dramatically once people started trying to be clever for upvotes

          EDIT: I only joined in 2009 but lurked here for 2 years before I joined. I didn’t realize that there was a format change between 2006-2007! Ma bad.

      • Bripro says:

        I’ve been a member here for about 1-1/2 years.
        I stalked the site for another 18 months before that.
        For a long time, I refused to join because the commentariat was so rude and disrespectful. IMO that aspect has improved dramatically since I’ve joined (purely coincidental). Cheers to all the good ones!

        • Mr. Biter says:

          I allways knew you were a “stalker”. (just kidding)

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

        • geo_habsgo says:

          It is definitely more good natured around here these days. Lot’s of jabbing and teasing but no real bad blood. I wonder how this site cleaned itself up. I guess the mods helped a bit. Now we are able to pretend like we are respectable people on here :p

          • Ron says:

            In the beginning all that were signed up could see your full profile including your e-mail address. So need I say more, if you called someone out you could be sure to receive some well worded or should I say explicate mail. Not a healthy situation so the new format came about. As I said above it got very hot on here.

          • HabFab says:

            The Watergun Fight at OK Corral played a part… mods got power afterwards. And commentariat had an eye opener, both in having the site shut down for a day but also some introspective on the mob mentality that existed.
            And you are correct, this would be the third format.

          • Ron says:

            The mob mentality was in the form as what we called the posse back then. It was more like a football game where you might be carrying the ball and all of a sudden everybody piled on. Fun times.

          • HabFab says:

            We had a touch yesterday when Ian came under fire… recognized a couple of that infamous nights participants getting feisty. In fact it was Ian under attack that triggered the GWGFOKC so long ago.

          • Ron says:

            HabFab..I remember what took place back in 2007 to change things for sure. Best that be left buried. Not a good time for a few good people. Its strange that something that was not ment to be a problem actually created a storm. As I say best left archived. I still love this site and miss Booner alot. Great guy.

          • Chris says:

            It has always been far more good-natured when there are no games. The summers have always been a time of relative sanity where posters who come for the banter hang out.

            When the games start, you get a lot more emotion and passion and tempers flare. Game-blog posts are filled with a lot of crazy talk sometime.

            Long before the infamous dust-up was the first crisis of HI/O, the Summiteers vs. Non-Summiteers. That was not a fun time, either.

          • Ron says:

            @Chris I was more into the infamous e-mail that was inadvertently circulated back in 2007 before the change over. Not sure if you remember it or not. That was the fire storm I was referring to. But you are correct about the Summit debates. They got high marks. If we are lucky enough to get some games in this year then there will be some activity to keep us hopping on here for sure. Game days and the following days can be nasty.

          • Chris says:

            Honestly, I always felt like that e-mail was a mountain out of a molehill (if it is the same incident we’re discussing). In the end, most of the parties involved patched up their differences and we moved on to the next SNAFU. 🙂

          • Ron says:

            @Chris yes that would be the one I speak of. Although it was not ment to be a problem it just got out of hand and did become abit of a storm. A few hineys got up in the air and we lost a few good ones for abit. As you said most patched things up and carried on. We lost a few but gained many more. This is the best site on the net IMO and if people could just think a little before they hit the submit button we could all get along nicely. I just wish that the mods kept a better watch on those that make it obvious they are trolling and just cut them off at the pass early.

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