It’s all over.
The Canadiens’ season came to an end with Thursday night’s 1-0 loss to the Rangers in New York in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, losing the best-of-seven series 4-2.
There was no media availability on Friday, but the club announced that the players would clean out their lockers Saturday morning in Brossard and GM Marc Bergevin will hold his post-mortem press conference at 11 a.m. Monday.
“It’s really tough for tonight talking about the entire season, because I know it’s like when you get close to achieving a goal, it hurts, and it hurts more when you’re close,” coach Michel Therrien said during his post-game press conference Thursday night. “There are going to be 29 teams this year that are going to be disappointed, and one team is going to be enjoying their season while winning the Stanley Cup. That is the purpose.
“But I’ve got to look around the season, and we made some big progress this year. I’m proud of this hockey team. We battled hard through the regular season and we battled hard in the playoffs.”
The Canadiens and mascot Youppi! will now have to pay up on a bet with Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show on NBC and a big Rangers fan.
The Canadiens will change their Twitter avatar to a photo of Fallon (he will choose the photo) for a day and also tweet 10 pictures of Youppi! walking around Montreal in a Rangers jersey. If the Canadiens had won the series, Fallon would have had to wear a Habs jersey during his monologue on The Tonight Show.
Bergevin was busy on Friday, announcing that defenceman Dalton Thrower has signed a three-year contract with the club. The 20-year-old defenceman posted 12-27-39 totals in 42 games this season with the junior Vancouver Giants. The 6-foot, 203-pounder was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (51st overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)