The Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa to win their 8th consecutive game and tying the New Jersey Devils for 6th place in the Eastern Conference.
The last time the Canadiens won 8 games in a row was in the fall of 1992. A long long time ago.
Do you recall what happend in the spring of 1993? The Canadiens hoisted their 24th Stanley Cup.
Although it might be too early to be making Stanley Cup predictions, the fact is the Canadiens are on an absolute tear and at the perfect time. It has been nearly 14 years since the Canadiens had a streak like this. Let that sink in. 14 years.
The Habs are 99% guaranteed a playoff spot and more than likely it won’t be 8th. If the Canadiens continue winning they have a shot at going as high as 5th in the East. If you were an opposing team right now would you be wanting a 1st round date with the Habs? Of course not. No one wants to play a blazing hot team. The Tampa Bay Lightning in the last NHL season finished the season super hot and that success and confidence propelled them to the Cup final and their first Stanley Cup.
The Senators were definitely not at their best. Injuries have hammered them and maybe where it hurts most is in nets. I’ve sait it before, the Senators won’t win the cup and may not win a single playoff round with Ray Emery as their starting goalie. The Habs were dominated in the 1st period of the game but managed to leave tied 1-1 after scoring on less than 5 shots. Emery was beat easily more than once.
David Aebischer got a road win against a team who very seldom gives them up. It should be good for his confidence and calm down the bloodthirsty fans after his slow start. Wise move by Gainey.
Huet and Aebischer look like the best goaltending combo of any team heading into the playoffs.
Everything’s going very well right now. How long can it continue?