Remember the last time the Montreal Canadiens were in Boston? Sure, you do. It was overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Bruins had come from behind in the series, overcoming a two-game deficit to force a final and deciding game. Of course, it went to overtime.
With just over five minutes played in overtime, Adam McQuaid pinched down-low in the offensive zone, blocking P.K. Subban’s effort to clear the puck. Milan Lucic then left his skates to bat-down the deflected puck onto his stick at the bottom of the circle. He went around Tomas Plekanec and Hal Gill’s poke-check attempt to find a wide-open Nathan Horton who had cycled to the top of the zone. Horton received the pass, shifted further down to the slot and unleashed a rocket of shot that went by four Canadiens–five, if you include Montreal goaltender Carey Price.
The Bruins would advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals while clearing the Canadiens’ schedule for the rest of summer. It was playoff hockey at it’s best. It was the perfect cultivation of a season filled with story lines. It was last season.
Montreal would come out and dominate in the second as Andrei Kostitsyn would tip-in a shot from Jaroslav Spacek that was set up from Max Pacioretty to take the lead. Just over two minutes later it would be a goal for Pacioretty himself that would give the Canadiens a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
The Montreal Canadiens have had several prominent stars as the face of the franchise in their storied history. Hall of Fame legends such as Guy Lafleur, Maurice Richard, Jean Belliveau, and in recent history stars such as Patrick Roy, Pierre Turgeon and Saku Koivu have been the face of the franchise. But who are the present day stars and what does the future hold?