The last time the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in 1993, Jacques Demers was the head coach.
The time before that, in 1986, Chris Nilan was a member of Montreal’s championship team.
This week, Demers and Nilan are the guests on The HI/O Show, joining Gazette sports editor/host Stu Cowan to discuss the Canadiens-Rangers Eastern Conference final series.
Demers, who is now a senator in Ottawa, talks about watching Game 2 of the series beside Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Bell Centre and reveals what he would say in a pregame speech before Game 3 if he was still coaching the Canadiens.
Nilan, who also played for the Rangers during his NHL career, talks about the difference between playing in Montreal and New York.
Other topics of conversation include Canadiens coach Michel Therrien’s decision to start Dustin Tokarski in goal instead of Peter Budaj, whether the Rangers’ Chris Kreider was guilty of a dirty play when he knocked Habs goalie Carey Price out of the series, and the disappointing play of Thomas Vanek during the first two games of the series.
(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show)