Montreal Canadiens Make History
From the underdogs to the second favorites, the Montreal Canadiens—affectionately known as the Habs—are determined to bring home the Stanley Cup for the first time in 28 years.
In fact, the last time Canada saw the cup—in 1993—it was in the hands of the Habs so, it’s only fitting they’re the ones who bring it back.
The team that started off as the heavy underdogs is now taking the Stanley Cup by storm. With the worst preseason record, Montreal was listed as +3500 prior to the season’s start. But as the season went on, the blood, sweat, and tears they continued to pour into their games have brought them to the finals.
Starting with their heart-racing win against old rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Habs went on to defeat the Winnipeg Jets in a series sweep to finally meet the Vegas Golden Knights in the semifinals.
Overcoming Golden Knights
Despite the Vegas Golden Knights’ powerful performance at the beginning of the playoffs, they weren’t able to keep up with the Habs’ young guns and, of course, goalie Carey Price.
Price has been a force to be reckoned with throughout this entire season as he calmly takes on whatever comes his way. Despite letting a few goals in, he’s boasting a .934 save percentage in the postseason.
Another significant factor in the Habs’ recent climb to the top is the young guns that have joined the team. Cole Caufield, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Nick Suzuki have brought the team some much-needed new blood. Caufield himself scored four goals within the semifinals alone, while Vegas forwards struggled throughout the series.
Montreal Goes Crazy
Game 6 had the entire city of Montreal at the edge of their seats as each goal by the Canadiens was matched by Vegas. Finally, as 3rd period came to a close, the teams tied and moved on to overtime.
Around 2 minutes in, the Habs’ left-wing, Arturri Lehkonen, made the final shot (set-up by Phillip Danault) that brought the team into the finals.