Jack Todd: Overdue victory gives Habs faithful something to be happy about

Have the Montreal Canadiens ever needed a win more desperately?

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The Canadiens may never need a win like they did on Saturday night.


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The general manager had no contract and was rumored to be heading to the Los Angeles Kings after the season.

The team captain was in Kelowna, BC, recovering from injuries and was unable or unwilling to go east for the home opener. He is unlikely to ever return, but a team clearly in need of direct leadership and in place had no plans to appoint a new captain.

Everyone’s goalkeeper was away, working on personal matters. In the meantime, he was allowed limited contacts and the general manager had not spoken to him.

Phil Danault, Corey Perry, Paul Byron and Joel Edmundson, all the key cogs in the playoff race, were out or out of the lineup.

The team had lost five games in a row at the start of the season and scored four goals in those five games. They were tense, nervous, finding new ways to beat themselves every night, and were about to fly west for a game against newborn Kraken followed by three in California, which has been like the Bermuda Triangle for Canadians. since before Cole Caufield was born. .


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With management taking an oddly passive approach to all of this, it was up to head coach Dominique Ducharme and the players to find a way.

They did, with a bang. Six goals. A triplet for the Drummondville Dart, Mathieu Perreault. Goals from newcomers Mike Hoffman and Christian Dvorak, a pair of award-winning assists from Jonathan Drouin. A much needed puck move from Sami Niku on the blue line.

Everyone had a good night, the first time a full house at the Bell Center had a chance to shout since the start of the pandemic. But what does it mean?

First, some of the pressure has been removed. There’s enough firepower here to produce some offense once they stop squeezing the sticks. Second, they’ll go on a tough road trip with confidence and drive and a chance to get away from the madness of Montreal.


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And when they come back? Another encounter with the Red Wings.

In the meantime, here are the top 5 reasons Jeff Petry doesn’t pass Cole Caufield:

  1. Like Red Fisher, Petry doesn’t pass the rookies.
  2. Caufield is so low that Petry cannot see it.
  3. Badgers Wolverines. ‘Nuff said.
  4. This Petry is useless.
  5. And the number one reason Petry won’t move on to Caufield (thanks Twitter): Caufield calls him “sir.”

Go back by Stanback : Alouettes are getting warmer as the weather turns cold. On Friday night, they killed the Argonauts with William Stanback gaining 203 yards on 24 carries, an average of more than eight yards per carry. Stanback is the best running back the Als have had since Mike Pringle and a better outfield running back than Pringle.


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With Matthew Shiltz a constant presence at quarterback after Vernon Adams Jr. struggled when healthy, the Alouettes are a good bet to face Hamilton in the Eastern Final. Beyond that, the crystal ball darkens, but the Ti-Cats and Als would likely have to team up to defeat the mighty Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Gray Cup.

One set of rules for Gallagher, one for Kreider : The Toronto War Room ruined it again when Brendan Gallagher’s fine goal was rejected last week because a part of his anatomy not including a skateboard may have been slightly in the fold.

As the league declares war on Gallagher and common sense, the Rangers’ Chris Kreider continues to injure goalies with impunity. This time it was Matt Murray from Ottawa. Kreider kneed him in the head, but it was deemed accidental. Like the time he accidentally raided Carey Price on purpose.


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Kreider ended his day by hitting Josh Norris on the back, then dodging a fight with Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk. What work.

Lies, rumors &&&& vicious innuendo : I wonder: has a team ever gone to a Stanley Cup final in one year and clinched the number one pick in the lottery the following year? …

With their roster, the Los Angeles Lakers are a lock for the 2012 NBA championship …

I find that I’m not shaking my head and burying my face in my hands almost often. It seems I already miss Rod Black. …

On the other hand, we still have Garry Galley. …

The only way a World Series between the can-hitting Astros and the hatchet-chopping Braves could be worse is if the Blue Jays had pulled off it. …

Has it occurred to Tyler Bertuzzi that he is a really horrible teammate? …


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With the Als marching into the playoffs, Club de Foot jeopardized their own playoff chances after a truly horrible team from Toronto FC drew a tie on a last-minute free kick from Jozy Altidore.

Heroes : Jonathan Drouin, Ben Chiarot, Christian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman, Sami Niku, Matthew Shiltz, William Stanback, Enes Kanter, Candace Parker, Alphonso Davies, &&&& last but not least Mathieu Perreault.

Zeros : Tyler Bertuzzi, Chris Kreider, Nick Rolovich, Kyrie Irving, Jon Gruden, Urban Meyer, Dan Snyder, Claude Brochu, David Samson &&&& last but not least Jeffrey Loria. Now and always.

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