Toronto Maple Leafs 5 Montreal Canadiens 2
Ok, this has gone too far.
For the past couple of weeks leading up to this, it's been fun to write Habs Watch and poke fun at the Montreal Canadiens and their nauseating fans.
But now it's getting out of hand.
I actually feel bit sorry for Hab fans. It must be difficult to be so loud and aggravating and bombastic and then have it all come crumbling down around you. It must feel awkward to say so much and then have your team deliver so little.
Talk about a free fall. Any rational hockey fan knows that last year was a major fluke and the Habs weren't nearly as good as their record indicated, but Hab fans couldn't see it.
They got caught up in the hollow fantasy that Alex Kovalev could actually lead this team and that the Kostitsyn brothers actually give a shit, and that Carey Price could actually stop something smaller than a beach ball.
Putting modesty aside for a second, I wrote on this blog many times over the past several months that the Habs would not make the playoffs, and although they still could, it really doesn't matter at this point because the over-all point has been made.
The Habs aren't very good. In fact they're bad, and I think it's clear beyond any shadow of doubt now that they aren't as good as the Toronto Maple Leafs and next year the gap will become even wider as the Leafs wheel and deal and spend millions in cap space.
Bob Gainey meanwhile, if he still has a job, will have no other choice than to blow-up the Habs and start all over. That's what happens when you have a large collection of strokers and only 350 thousand dollars in cap space.
Yes, the Habs will be different this year but the pressing question is, will their fans be any different?
We can only hope so. Will they come back to reality and show at least a little hockey knowledge?
Will they accept their place in the league as an also ran and adjust to life without a Stanley Cup that will stretch beyond 20 years?
We can only hope so, because as vile as the Habs are as a team, their fans make it even worse.
That's the peculiar twist in all of this.
Hab fans love to laugh and point and ridicule Leaf fans for loving their team, yet the average Leaf fan has way more class than the average Hab fan and that was played out at the Bell Centre last night.
What a perfect opportunity for Leaf fans to twist the knife a little last night by singing that imbecilic and cheesy "na na na" song. There were thousands of Leaf fans at the game, so they could have done it and been heard loud and clear, especially after so many Hab fans had given up on their team with several minutes to play and left the building.
But no, Leaf fans didn't do it. They just stood there and applauded yet another fine performance from their feisty and quickly improving hockey team and then left the building.
The Leafs and Habs have played five times this season and Toronto has now won three times.
As for the standings, the Habs cling to a playoff spot by one point this morning only because the Florida Panthers were beaten by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Habs are all alone in eighth place.
We have to find a way to win.