It has been 28 years since the Canadians last appeared there. It has been 10 years since the Canadian franchise emerged. Yes, it must have been a while, and now, in 2021, Montreal will enter the Stanley Cup final.
“It’s really fun to see the players having a good time in the locker room. They deserve it,” assistant coach Luke Richardson said after the game. Richardson was the head coach with Dominic Ducham (COVID-19) out. “It’s hard to express in words how proud we are for them, but they deserve it, and they haven’t done it yet. There is still fire in their eyes and they are already talking about [the final].”
It took the Canadians a long way to get to this point, and that was in 2021. Head coach Claude Julien was sent to the door in February. The team ranked 18th in the league with 0.527 points (24-21-11) (worst among playoff teams). It lost the first two playoff games against the Maple Leafs.
But then things reversed and the Canadians began to win. The brave crew from the North Division dispatched the Leafs seven times, the Jets four times, and now the Golden Cavaliers six times.
“To be honest, if we didn’t believe it, we wouldn’t be here now,” netizen Kelly Price said, then paused for a while and said: “We have been just sticking to it, but we just don’t doubt ourselves.”
There is no doubt that the series champion. Overtime is only 99 seconds-yes, you read that right: 99 seconds-Philippe Danault fed Aturi Raikkonen on the left wing, the 25-year-old Finn buried the puck in the Golden Knight The team’s network administrator Robin Leiner is next to him.
Raikkonen’s third goal in the playoffs (his other two goals were in games 3 and 4 against the Jets) secured a 3-2 overtime victory. Let the team go crazy on rebounds and the crowds inside and outside the Bell Center.
“I feel very lucky, very lucky to be able to come to Montreal and make it, you know, to reach the finals, the Stanley Cup finals, this is an amazing thing,” said Dano, who is from the province (has become a tradition). After a slice of pizza, on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.
Shea Weber is one of the oldest players on the list, 35 years old, and Cole Caufield is one of the youngest players, 20 years old, they scored two other Canadian goals.
The NHL awarded the Canadians Clarence S. Campbell the bowl, and no one on the team touched it on the center ice.
“Obviously, we are chasing the bigger one,” Caulfield said, thanks to his Zoom friend Danault, who also ate some pizza. “I think this is the only thing we think of now. It’s good to enjoy it. We have come a long way to get here, but the work is not finished yet.”
Montreal will now wait for the winner of the 7th game between the Islanders and Chargers on Friday. No matter which team wins the series, the Canadians will head south of the border to start the Stanley Cup final.