Another Big Win, An Old Scotty Bowman Brainwave

Montreal beat Atlanta Thursday night in a shootout, 3-2. There’s nothing I can add to this. Sometimes, life is good.

So because I’m in a serene and glorious mood as the team has only lost once in the last ten games, I think I’ll just light the fireplace, sit back, fire up the tobacco pipe, and ask you to pull up a chair and gather round. I’ll tell you a story that has nothing to do with last night’s big win. It’s just a little story you can tell your buddies next time you’re sitting around and trying to think of something interesting to add to the conversation.

In the late 1970’s, Montreal was in the middle of winning four straight Cups, and were in Los Angeles for a game against the Kings. The team easily won that night, and many of them decided to go out and celebrate. Of course, they drank too much and missed curfew, and wobbled back to the hotel. At the hotel, the doorman happened to have a hockey stick, and corralled the players as they staggered in, to autograph his stick.

The next morning, Scotty Bowman called out all the players who missed curfew and fined them.

 And how did he know?

He’d given the doorman a stick and asked him to get the latecomers to sign it.

Next game:  A huge one at home against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney grew up a Habs fan and always plays well against his favourite team. I suppose he has to do his job. It just doesn’t seem right.

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