ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Canadiens in the Playoffs

Updated on April 12, 2013

Habs Celebrate Early Lead


Gallagher Scores on Miller


Habs in the Dance

There are few professional sports franchises with the history and lineage of the Montreal Canadiens. They are built on tradition and that tradition is winning. They are the most storied team in the National Hockey League. They've won 24 Stanley Cup championships. And now they will have a shot at winning number 25 this year.

Last year was something of a happy accident looking back at it. The Habs were is a state of disarray. The team played each game with no motivation and seemed to be lacking any real direction. The franchises upper management finally stepped in. The General Manager and coach were relieved of their duties and it was time to focus on the future.

The Habs brought in Marc Bergevin to be the new General Manager and rehired Michel Therrien as head coach. Therrien is a no-nonsense coach that is capable to whipping teams into shape. His disciplinarian style attitude is exactly what the Habs needed after falling apart a season before. Bergevin brought focus to the team and had a crystal clear vision for how to build the new Habs.

The team would be faster, stronger, and especially tougher. He brought in great grit with Brandon Prust. He focused on drafting well and landed coveted prospect Alex Galchenyuk in the Entry Draft. Others got healthy and Bergevin gathered the pieces for coach Michel Therrien.

No one saw what was coming next. The Habs exploded to the top of the Eastern Conference. The team has held the Northeast division lead for most of the season. Bergevin wasn't content to sit by, he knew his team could be better. He sent winger Erik Cole to Dallas to bring back Michael Ryder. A deal that has paid off huge for Montreal.

Therrien has gotten the most out of young players fighting to prove themselves and veterans hungry to win the Stanley Cup. Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban have simply been great on the blueline this season. They have lived up to expectations Habs fans put on them every season. They bolster the backend of one of the leagues best Power Play units.

And of course, between the pipes, goaltender Carey Price has been nothing short of sensational. Sure he has a slip up every now and then, but what goalie doesn't. Price has elite talent and gives the Habs a chance to win every single night.

Now the Habs are headed back tot he playoffs after a dominating performance in Buffalo. They are only the second team to clinch a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference; the other being the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now the Habs know they have a shot at number 25.

Anything can happen in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Habs are the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup, perhaps they are poised to shock the hockey world and bring it back to Canada once again. Either way, after last seasons disappointment, this season will have to be looked at as a success. There is still work to be done, but for now, the fans can be proud and celebrate their team is back where they belong.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)