All good things must come to an end
When Alex Ovechkin and Co. make the trip to Montreal to play the Habs on Wednesday, they’ll be bringing along their 14-game win streak with them in their carry-on bags. After edging out the Penguins in a 5-4 OT decision on Sunday, the Caps need just four more wins to eclipse the record set by the Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr’s 1992-93 edition of the Pens, who won 17 straight.
For their part, the Canadiens have no intention of helping Ovi’s crew make it into the NHL history books.
“It’s going to take a lot of intensity and preparation to beat them,” admitted Josh Gorges. “I think when I got to my junior team they were already in the middle of a streak like that. If I remember correctly, I think we ended up with like 24 wins and a tie, but I’ve never seen anything like that in pro hockey.”
Over the years, the Habs have taken great pleasure in ending opposing winning streaks, with the Canadiens holding the league-record for number of long streaks snapped.
In 1951, the Canadiens halted a nine-game streak enjoyed by the Red Wings. In 1973, the Rangers got a rude awakening when their 10-game tear was snapped by Scotty Bowman’s squad. Same goes for the Atlanta Flames who saw their 10-game streak end the same way in 1978 when the Habs stopped them in their tracks. In 1993, Jacques Demers’ troops took great pleasure in ending a rare 10-game winning streak by the Maple Leafs.
What better way for the Canadiens to usher in the Pierre Gauthier era than to add another red-hot victim to their list?
Alexandre Harvey is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.
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