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Patrick Roy #33 Retired

  • Tonight, Patrick Roy will have his #33 raised to the rafters forever.

    Whatever your opinion of Patrick Roy is, and there are many, the fact remains he is one of the best goaltenders to have ever played the game.

    He is the last goaltender to lead carry the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup.

    And since the night he left Montreal, the Canadiens began a descent into total and complete mediocrity as a hockey team. One of the darkest periods of Habs history followed and haunted the team up until (arguably) very recently.

    Would it have been the same if Patrick Roy was a Hab until retirement?

    We’ll never know. All we know is it’s been a long 15 years since a Canadiens goalie hoisted the Cup.

  1. #1 PACTUM SERVA says:
    November 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Maybe this will finally take the stanley cup drought off of us now. This needed to be done. Growing up patrick was one of my favorite players and you always knew the team had a chance to win when he was in nets. The team was never the same since he left and now maybe our fortunes will change now that number 33 in hanging in the bell. Lets hope the bad karma has been lifted and we once again will compete for number 25

  2. #2 Mats Naslund says:
    November 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I was 12 in 93 and have never forgotten through all of the drama of 95 just how much Patrick meant to all Canadiens fans during his decade in Montreal. A great celebration for those of us who idolized the man when he wore the bleu, blanc et rouge. Good first period too!

  3. Tuned in last night to check the Habs’ pulse. A nice celebration for Roy no doubt, but unfortunately, this team is still broken.

    I sure hope that they’re fixed by the time the real season begins in January/February.

    Incidentally, I’ve never said a single negative word about Carbonneau to this point but I’m not so sure that he knows what the hell he’s doing let alone how to fix this team. An uninspired, disinterested and dismal Alexei Kovalev gets rewarded with not only ice time in overtime but with a shot in the shootout as well? What exactly were the expectations there?

    Oh, and Laraque? You can’t just have a conversation with your target and give him a slap on the wrist, you have to put him through the ice as well. :-/

  4. #4 Mats Naslund says:
    November 24, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I thought the team played “better” against the Bruins, but they have zero offensive confidence right now. I liked 33 shots, although I can’t understand why Montreal has strayed away from what made them successful last year on the PP. Getting a big blast from Markov is useless unless he hits the net or makes a pass to someone in front of the net. Secondly, where is the backdoor pass that was so effective last season? Montreal’s offensive passing has been reduced to blindly throwing the puck at a teammate regardless of whether or not he is covered. The Habs need to simplify their PP, and throw pucks at the net with guys going in for cheap rebounds.. Its the only way that they’ll be able to snap out of their offensive funk. Way too early to lose sleep over their play though.

  5. They had 33 shots on goal but they probably could have had 53. Far too many times did I witness a Montreal player in excellent shooting position looking for the pass. It’s well documented now – ’100% of the time that you don’t shoot the puck it won’t go in’ – Gretzky et al.

    Far more concerning though, did the cancer which plagued Ottawa’s locker room last season somehow become airborne and find its way to Montreal? It certainly seems that way right now.

    Meanwhile, they’re 11-5-3 and I’m complaining. Things could be a lot worse. After all, if they were to win as few as three games in a row, they’d again be sitting amongst the league’s best, or rather amongst the league’s second best as the Sharks are in a league of their own this season.

  6. #6 mike morin says:
    January 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I was 16 when i got to see patrick and the canadiens play the pittsburgh penguins and to this day Patrick will without a doubt be the most interesting and active goaltenders to play the game. Watching the canadiens today they do not seem to have the passion they did from 1986 !

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