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 24-14-4 record into a game against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 5, 1993 in Daly City, Calif. Below is Red Fisher’s story from that game:
Roy backs up own words in victory over Sharks
DALY CITY – It seems that Patrick Roy has been attracting a lot of attention for all of the wrong reasons in recent days.
It goes back to Roy’s declaration, in reply to a question, that in his view, he’s enjoying the best season of his career. Obviously, something has been lost in the translation, because there hasn’t been even a hint of endorsement for that view from anyone other than the immediate members of his family.
On the other hand, give the guy this much: while he has not had a good road trip (1-2-1), he did make the stops last night while his colleagues barely edged the San Jose Sharks, 2-1.
Roy had to be good on roughly a half-dozen of the 23 shots he faced on a night when the unlikely hero was Mario Roberge. It was his fourth goal of the season in the 13th minute of the third period which provided the Canadiens with the margin they needed for their second victory on successive nights over the persistent Sharks.
The victory also kept the Canadiens one point ahead of the Quebec Nordiques in the race for the Adams summit. It also sends them home this morning with seven out of a possible 12 points on their wearying road trip.
Roy and Friends had to do it the hard way against the Sharks, if only because Yvon Corriveau opened the scoring in the game. However, Mathieu Schneider got it back – and the struggle was on.
Nothing fancy, but there were high moments now and then – largely by both goaltenders. The highest for the Canadiens, however, was when Roberge slipped a Brian Bellows pass beyond Jeff Hackett for the winner.
This one looked painfully similar to the 4-1 victory scored by the Canadiens on Monday in Sacramento.
In that game, the Sharks scored first and the Canadiens didn’t get theirs’ until late in the second period. Last night, it was Corriveau out-racing Stephan Lebeau to a Pat Falloon pass for the game’s first goal midway through the first period, but Schneider erased it a little more Hackett does it again than five minutes later with an exceptional burst around Neil Wilkinson.
Until Schneider beat him, Sharks goaltender Hackett had held off the Canadiens with several brilliant stops, just as he had the night before. His workload wasn’t as heavy, but there were a number of quality chances among the nine he stopped.
Lebeau, for example, was sent in alone two minutes into the game – and was stopped.
Bellows was nose-to-nose with Hackett, was beaten once, and again on the rebound.
It’s not as if the Canadiens weren’t warned about what lay ahead after their Monday night win. Goaltending, for example.
“I also told them they could expect a lot more checking in the smaller rink,” said coach Jacques Demers. “I realize they’ve got limited talent, but they work hard. On some nights, work can do it for a team.”
On some nights, it takes a team longer than usual to put its game face on. In other words, the opportunities were there as early as the first period, and the Canadiens did a man-sized job of frittering them away.
Was it Sharks goaltender Hackett? Partly.
Was it the smaller ice surface? Only a little.
On the other hand, where was the heavy artillery when the Canadiens were provided with a two-man advantage for 1.11 late in the first period – and barely tested the Sharks?