1993 – the last time the Montreal Canadiens moved past the conference finals and ended up taking home the Stanley Cup. A then 4th seed team finished with 102 points and flew through the postseason after dispatching the Quebec Nordiques in 6 games.
This time around, again a 4th seed albeit under vastly different circumstances saw the Canadiens play a much different role in their journey to the Stanley Cup Final. Playing the underdog, the Canadiens rallied to win 3 straight against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a stunning opening round defeat. In the second round, the Canadiens would stun again, this time wiping the Winnipeg Jets off the map in a four game sweep.
Onto the Stanley Cup Semifinals, the Canadiens would face arguably their biggest test in the Vegas Golden Knights. A team that was slotted to be in the top 3 of cup contenders all season and after dispatching of the Colorado Avalanche looked primed for a run for Lord Stanley.
Enter the Montreal Canadiens
Up and down the lineup, from the net on out the Canadiens played solid hockey. While they had their fair share of moments when the bending bent a hair to far, the Canadiens rallied to come out on top. After stealing a victory in game 3 and rebounding from defeat at the Bell Centre in game 4, the Canadiens shut the door in game 5 to set up the moment of a lifetime back home. While it took overtime to send Vegas packing, it makes the moment and memory all that more sweeter. For Carey Price to stone Max Pacioretty on the doorstep earlier in the overtime and come up with another huge save that led to the fast break back the other way to seal the victory, it makes it all that much more of a classic moment.
The underdogs, loaded with Stanley Cup champions of the past and the jazz of young rising stars mixed with veterans ready for battle have come out on top again. This team has shed the “underdogs” moniker, they are special and are a legitimate threat to dethrone the defending champs or defeat another distant Stanley Cup champ. There are 4 wins to go for the ultimate memory of a lifetime for Canadiens fans, one that has not been had for this generation and one that was an infancy for the one prior.
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