Canadiens Begin Their Win Streak!

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It took Max and Lars Eller to come through in the shootout as the Canadiens down the Leafs 3-2 in Toronto, thus avoiding suicides, bricks through TVs, and serious hairpulling throughout Habsland.

Not really a fantastic win, or even a great win. Maybe only a decent win. But it was a big one as they snap a five-game losing streak in the midst of a gigantic slump, and it has to feel good.

Now the boys can relax and maybe take in a late show with Rompin’ Ronnie and the Hawks at Le Coq d’Or on Yonge Street before calling it a night.

It began in splendid fashion as the team dominated the Leafs, outshooting them 14-3, and jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals by David Desharnais and Tomas Fleischmann, although Fleischmann’s goal appeared to go in off Daniel Carr.

But as we’ve seen before, a quick start can mean little as Toronto slowly found their game and scored in the second and third periods to send the game into overtime.

It would take the shootout to decide things, and now the challenge is for the team to win two in a row, something that hasn’t happened since November 20th to the 27th when they nailed down four straight.

After that, as we all know and need to forget, the roof fell in and continued until tonight, when they grabbed two big points against a team that boasts the despicable Dion Phaneuf.

Random Notes:

I feel good about this, mainly because it wasn’t a loss. But not good enough to put on my dancing shoes and head down to the Westview Hotel, though. They’d think the grim reaper just walked through the door.

A loss would continue the nightmarish slide into Satan’s basement. But it wasn’t a loss, mainly because Max and Eller got it done in the shootout, when Galchenyuk, Flynn, and DD didn’t.

Canadiens outshot the Leafs 29-19, and were 0/4 on the power play.

Next up – Monday, when the boys travel to Columbus to take on the BJs.

Extra Random Notes:

Before the game began, Leaf greats Turk Broda, Tim Horton, and Dave Keon were honoured with inclusion on Toronto’s Legends Row, and it was emotional fifteen or twenty minutes.

Broda retired when I was two, but I saw Horton and Keon in their prime, on those great old Leafs teams.

I sat behind Keon and his wife in church in Orillia when I was young. Keon and most of the Leafs had attended Leaf trainer Bobby Haggart’s wedding in Orillia the day before, and the next day in church there was the great centreman, standing and kneeling and sitting and crossing himself, just like the rest of us.

I also have a personal story about Tim Horton. I’ve been to his doughnut shop many times.

Broda was on hand for the opening ceremonies of the arena in Orillia in 1950.


12 thoughts on “Canadiens Begin Their Win Streak!”

  1. I don’t care how ugly this win was. It could be Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara had a baby ugly and I’d still love it. Put on those dancing shoes Dennis!

  2. A good old fashion tie game …….with a skills competition for the extra cigar going to the Habbies……..hard fought game by all

  3. Could we please see some more of the hab team that showed up in the first period? Despite the win this game has left me with zippo confidence that the team has turned any kind of corner. String together 4 or 5 wins and then we’ll see.

  4. To be honest I would love to be able to think that was an entertaining game. I guess I got spoiled watching the older hockey. I started watching hockey in the mid fifties and the first team I watched was our once Glorious Habs beat TO…..they were my team almost from the first faceoff. I used to stay home on Saturdays on occasion from things like the dance etc while my friends would be out drinking and fighting , driving under age and etc….and watch Hockey Night in Canada. Black and white no less. So I have seen it all….the great teams of the 70’s with the non comparable Larry Robinson who in my humble opinion was the best or at least the most effective all round defenseman the NHL has ever seen. Bobby Orr being the most exciting perhaps. However my point was going to be before I lost control and started on this nostalgic trip is I can’t see these games as interesting…it looks like a disorganized shinny game….am I just too damned old and nod off between the action….I read how posters feel we played well or dominated…….there is no consistency in the game…..the players don’t seem to have roles any longer……the hitting has been almost taken out of the game……I love hitting and definitely think it hurts the game as it subsides over time………’s like a bunch of spectators all trying to figure out how to evacuate and burning building….The games are boring for the most part…..come playoffs the intensity will ramp up and the game will again be a good tv event. I have to go have a nap now.

  5. Seems like you and I are about the same age, Cliff. I’ve been following the Habs closely since the 1950s too.

  6. Been a hab fan since early 60’s with no tv. But oh how the guys on the radio could turn up the emotion and bring the passion of The Forum threw the radio speaker [ emphasis on speaker NOT speakers]. today a game is very capable of soothing me to sleep….even a 3-2 win over leafs. Really think talent is spread thin, WAY too many teams and the Habs should get back to some fast skating ,solid thumping and unleashing their creativity. The bell crowd will be on their feet, the opponent will be shell shocked and we will see hockey B.T. ….Before Thornbush.

  7. my first year of watching hockey was 1960-61. i had to wait 4 years before the cup came to Montreal. Then les Canadiens won 10 out of the next 15 years. WOW. The most exciting brand of hockey was from 1970 to the mid 1990’s. It was fast with a lot of goals. I think today people are mistaking fast for exciting. For sure it is faster than ever before but we are getting soccer scores. It’s all about defence, defence, defence. Listen to the announcers. “This last five minutes was up and down. The fans love it but the coaches hate it.” The league is trying to get scoring up but the reality is no matter what you do the coaches will find ways to defence it. I think they’ve got to ban teams like New Jersey
    Habs are having the same problem as all the other Canadian teams. The stars do not want to play here. you have to have star players to win.

  8. The team needs to make a decision. Preferably this is the start of a real winning streak that puts us back at the top of the division where we belong. If not, continue with the tanking so that we end up at the bottom with a top draft pick and a good excuse for firing Therrien. This year’s draft looks stacked with large forwards that can score which is precisely what we need. Being stuck in the mediocre middle really sucks.

  9. I’m open for that management position when you buy the team…. I am retiring in June. šŸ™‚
    I’ve been a Habs fan ‘almost’ as long as you. Greatest memories are despising the Bruins back in the early 70’s…. was always hard to get up and get on the school bus after a loss to the Bruins. šŸ™‚ Still hate it, even though I don’t take the bus!
    As for last night, a win is a win is a win… Bring on the winning streak!

  10. Dennis you are just a kid…well relative to me anyhow. I turn 70 in 2 days and wonder how all those years got by me. However like you I have been fortunate to see some very good and even great Habs teams. Unlike you I haven’t had the close personal involvement with the Habs and hockey in general. You sir have had an amazing hockey life experience. I have checked your page out a few times…amazing is the correct word.
    In closing this post Dennis I am certain you can feel the lack of passion in games today. I remember when the players really didn’t like each other. While it is too much to expect some players like John Ferguson to suddenly arrive back in the game one can get really bored with the way players are so fond of each other these days……maybe it was because they weren’t paid all those millions of dollars..hunger can piss you off I think. I really hated to lose in life and to this day I feel the same way.

  11. Cliff, I’ve always hated the way players are buddy buddy now. Fergie would cross the street if he saw players from another team coming his way. It’s not as bad as some places though. I saw games in Russia, and back then at least, when the game ended players from both teams hung around the ice and socialized.

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