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Columnist: Canadiens season playing out like Monty Python sketch

Mar 4, 2012, 4:54 PM EST

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Things haven’t been good for the Canadiens this year. They’re last in the Eastern Conference and even had an unfortunate incident during last night’s 3-1 loss to Toronto that saw a fan fall from the stands. That misery and the accident happened to spark a thought in the mind of Montreal Gazette writer Dave Stubbs.

The Habs are playing things out this season as if it was a Monty Python sketch. In Stubbs’ opinion, it’s like the Accountant sketch.

The Canadiens said nothing like this had ever happened in the 16-year history of the Bell Centre.

With the arena darkened for the scoreboard introduction of the home team, arena staff and medical personnel efficiently swarmed the accident area, bathed in a surreal spotlight. They evacuated the victims, one transported to hospital with injuries the team later described as not serious, the other treated on site before returning to watch the game.

At which point the sky fell on the Canadiens, their NHL winning streak and run of impressive games against the Maple Leafs both grinding to a halt at one.

It’s safe to say the Habs are toast. They’re 10 points back of Winnipeg in the East and after another miserable loss, the fans are even disheartened on top of it. Having a laugh at their expense is just what their rivals are having, but that kind of comedy doesn’t work well in Montreal.

The fans might be better off watching some Monty Python instead.

  1. 8man - Mar 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    And where is the habsman? Here is the thing, it’s not good for hockey when an original six team is floundering like this. The NHL is better when Toronto, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal and Boston are all competitive. Let’s not lose sight of how we got here.

    It is time for some serious change in the Canadiens organization.

    • habsman - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Here I am.

      I’ve been a fan since 1967 when they lost to the Leafs in six (last time Toronto won the cup) during Expo. Have fun piling on, we deserve it. But the Bruins needed overtime wins in game 6 and 7 last year to eliminate us (without MaxPac). So we’re not as bad as you may think.

      I’ll still be watching the PO’s.

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:18 PM

        I’ve also been watching hockey since ’67 (ie: me and my grade 3 classmates went on a field trip one day to the fair at Expo, which I’ve many fond memories of) and therefore I do understand that the Canadiens have had their day. For decades they ruled the house and never for a second was quarter ever granted. Today therefore, they will reap that which they have sown …

        Montreal Canadiens practice on Sunday morning @ March 4th 2012

  2. vshehane - Mar 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    To the fans of the other 24 teams, the original 6’s performance just isn’t that relevant any more. The game has become much bigger but the mindset of a few is still in the past.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      True in part, but many of the best rivalries involve Original Six teams. When one of them is playing badly the Habs/Leafs, Habs/Bruins, etc. games don’t have the same intensity or passion they usually do.

  3. tribesofneurot - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Honestly,nobody even cares aboot the Canadiens.
    I wish the playoffs would start tomorrow so we don’t have to hear about them until training camp.

  4. groess - Mar 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I disagree, the original 6 are VERY relevant to the NHL. If those 6 teams were out of the play-offs, you’d see quite a drop off in interest. I bet those 6 team’s fan bases are amongst the top ten of the fan bases in the league, along with the Flyers and the Canucks…and who knows whom else.

  5. lordstanley65 - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    First, to Habsfan: heh heh heh!

    And I agree with Groess. Next time you watch an original six team play in an opponent’s arena, look in the stands…there are probably as many people wearing THEIR jerseys as the home squad.

  6. lordstanley65 - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Actually, as a Bruins fan, I’m sad that the Habs suck, and probably will for some time. Let’s face it, fans on both sides eagerly awaited these two teams meeting up…always interesting hockey. Now, we sweat the Rangers.

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