Maple Leafs-Canadiens: Festive Atmosphere Snuffed Out by Toronto

December 1st, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
"Canada's team" has a country full of disappointed fans.

Tuesday night marked the beginning of the centennial week celebrations, creating a noticeable buzz in the air. In addition, there was the presence of not only the Stanley Cup in the building but also the Grey Cup and members of the Montreal Alouettes, the CFL championship team. Last but not least, with the ink barely dry on the sale agreement, the Canadiens' new team owners, the Molson brothers, were in attendance with an eye on their prized acquisition.

In the midst of all this positive energy, the Canadiens decided to offer up one of their weakest efforts of the season. Was it the worst game this year? It was not as bad as the Nashville game, but it was close. And given the excitement in the Bell Centre, the mood of the faithful had further to fall.

The Canadiens actually out-shot the Maple Leafs 8-to-1 in the first eight minutes of the game. Who wouldn't be buoyed by the spontaneous pregame chant of the CFL champions? "Go Habs Go! Go Habs Go!" was led by the Alouettes.

An early hit and the building erupted as Ryan O'Byrne levelled Mikhail Grabovski. Then Toronto's Wayne Primeau to ...

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