Maple Leafs bookend Habs’ wild ride

The logo you see at left is one that Canadiens fans – and the team, you’d expect – hope we can use much more of in the days ahead.

The Habs are home tonight to the Toronto Maple Leafs, their opponent 81 games ago when the NHL season opened for Montreal at the Air Canada Centre.

One difference: Carey Price started that game. Jaro Halak gets the call tonight.

With the New York Rangers’ inspired 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers last night, the guillotine tightened (to quote Price) just a little more.

The Habs are still in control of their own destiny, if barely – take the Leafs to overtime tonight, no matter the final result, and the Canadiens are in the playoffs.

Lose in regulation, however, and all bets are off. Such a loss by Montreal combined with one more point earned by the Bruins in their two remaining games and an OT win by the Rangers over Philly tomorrow will be the season’s end fore (that’s not a typo) the Canadiens.

141 Comments

  1. shootdapuck says:

    And losing!

    Lost to Finland in Pre-tourney game.

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  2. Danno says:

    I miss Roger Doucet, organ music and white boards…

    I also miss that guy with the trumpet who got the crowd going. Those were the days my friend…

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  3. mrhabby says:

    that damn gomez.

  4. Exit716 says:

    And Gainey helped the Rangers get Gaborik with that Gomez trade.

     

  5. smiler2729 says:

    I see your point, Dave, “steeped in history” and “name him for the right reasons” and all that -BUT- this team, its arena and the whole NHL is more about entertainment and less about hockey than it has ever been in its long fading history.

    It’s almost WWF mentality now as every arena has loud music, gimmicks, contests and all those bells and whistles making the game and its traditions a complete afterthought.

    The mere fact that the Montreal Canadiens have gone a whole season (their 100th for crying out loud!) without a captain is shameful (that’s Toronto Dysfunctional Leafs territory). Let’s give the people what they want and remember, sadly in these times, IMAGE IS EVERYTHING.

    Here’s hoping Brian Gionta skates out with the C though I know it won’t happen, dooming this rudderless bunch to 9th place or a quick 4 game 1st round sweep.

    I miss Roger Doucet, organ music and white boards…

  6. Bill J says:

    While I agree to disagree, and please do not take that as my being insensitive to your feelings, because yes perception is often the root cause to arguments.  Please know it was not coming from a derogatory place, except for the fact that MANY French-Canadians (prefer this I assume? lol) would prefer having the BEST Coach or the BEST Captain – regardless of them being able to speak French.

    IE if the Habs had a 100% English Squad & Coaching staff – but won the Cup ?  French-Canadian fans would be quick to look past the language barriers.

    Cool ? :)


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