It’s Not Just Now, As You Can See

I used to track Montreal’s win-loss record on schedules – red for a win, red dash for a tie, and blue for a loss.

Below is my schedule from the 1966-67 season, the year Toronto last won the Cup, and although Montreal had a good team and made it to the finals, you can see that they endured slumps like now. In November there’s lots of blue as the team lost seven of ten games. And there are other examples throughout.


6 thoughts on “It’s Not Just Now, As You Can See”

  1. Dennis, I am not a fan of Bettman’s shootout gimmick to break a tie. I think they should go back to the two-points for a win, one point for a tie and zero for a loss.

    And I think the loser point is well — pointless.

    And I hate it when two teams who are close to us in the standings split the three points.

    Just my $0.02 worth.

  2. Yep, Danno. The three point game has changed how standings look. It’s hard to make ground when everyone gets points. I like as well the old system of two points and a point for a tie. It worked for years just fine.

  3. I’m with you Dennis and Danno. There was dignity in a tie. If both teams played equally, they both went home equally pleased and upset. The only way to break a tie should be to continue playing until someone scores. I don’t even like the 5 minute overtime, it too seems pointless.

    I wouldn’t mind it so much if it wasn’t for that extra bonus point. They can even still have the shoot-out after the tie as a gimmick for Bettman’s fans. Shoot-out wins can be the first tie-breaker after wins or goals or differential or whatever they use. Just no damn bonus point.

  4. Good points, Christopher. And the whole thing, everything – Winter Classic, shootouts, etc., is for the US market. How about catering to the Hamilton, Winnipeg, and Quebec City markets for a change.

  5. That was some finish Montreal had, only 1 loss after February 25. On the other hand, I don’t think I can handle the final results of the Leafs beating the Canadiens in the playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup. Thankfully I wasn’t around then and neither has happened in my lifetime and I’m betting never will.

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