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Guest **Jib**Jam**

Hi (and sorry if my english is crappy..i'll try my best !)

my father keep talking to me about a certain game in the Habs history, i googled what he told me but found nothing....So maybe you can help !

He said that some year, the Habs were battling for a place in the playoffs and we're tied with another team. At their last game, the only way of getting to the playoff was to score enough goals to have better GOAL FOR then the other team even if they were losing the game...Since they were in fact losing the game they pulled they goalie way before the end of the game and tried to score enough goals with the extra-attaquer...but they failed...

IS THIS THING TRUE or he dreamed about somthing like that ??

Thanx !

Fred

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Guest hatethoseleafs
Hi (and sorry if my english is crappy..i'll try my best !)

my father keep talking to me about a certain game in the Habs history, i googled what he told me but found nothing....So maybe you can help !

He said that some year, the Habs were battling for a place in the playoffs and we're tied with another team. At their last game, the only way of getting to the playoff was to score enough goals to have better GOAL FOR then the other team even if they were losing the game...Since they were in fact losing the game they pulled they goalie way before the end of the game and tried to score enough goals with the extra-attaquer...but they failed...

IS THIS THING TRUE or he dreamed about somthing like that ??

Thanx !

Fred

Definitely true. It was against Chicago although the date escapes me. I remember the game well. Very disapointing to not make the playoffs in that manner.

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I got this info from Wikipedia...

The Canadiens missed out on a playoff spot in 1970 on the final day of the regular season, thanks to a tiebreaker. Entering the final games of the season, the Canadiens held a two point lead over the New York Rangers, plus a 242-237 edge in goals scored. The Rangers played their last regular season game first, and beat the Detroit Red Wings 9-5 to pull even in points and take a 246-242 goal lead. This led to an unusual incident in which, since the Canadiens would make the playoffs if they scored five or more goals in their final game regardless of the outcome, Montreal coach Claude Ruel pulled his goaltender with eight minutes remaining against the Black Hawks with Chicago leading 5-2. Chicago tallied five empty net goals, but Montreal failed to score again.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Canadiens

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Thanks !!! i got the full story here at nationalpost.com

An old wound

This year's playoff push recalls a dramatic race years ago, when John Ferguson's Canadiens were left out in the cold

National Post

Published: Thursday, April 05, 2007

For years, it bothered him. It bothered all of them; an underhanded, dirty rotten, season-ending crosscheck to the back by a Detroit Red Wings club that owed the Montreal Canadiens nothing, really, but that should have at least possessed the professional integrity to show up for the final game of the 1969-70 regular season.

With the 2006-07 regular-season careening towards a wild conclusion where -- should the hockey gods see fit -- Montreal could meet Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night with the winner advancing to the playoffs and the loser going home for the summer, a dramatic finish from an earlier era is percolating in the minds of the players who took part in it.

"It was unbelievable," former Montreal enforcer John Ferguson recalls. "We always thought the Red Wings laid down and allowed the Rangers to score all those goals. And there was a bone to pick between us for years after that."

The scenario that begat Ferguson's and the Canadiens' grudge against Detroit started to unfold in Detroit at the old Olympia Stadium, on April 4, 1970, a Saturday night.

New York trailed Montreal by two points in the standings with two days left in the season. On the Saturday, Gordie Howe's Red Wings beat New York 6-2 to clinch their first playoff berth in three years. To celebrate, champagne corks were popped and beers cracked open in the winner's dressing room.

Nearby, in the losers' room, sat an almost inconsolable bunch of Rangers who, with the loss, and with only one game left to go, were all but eliminated from playoff contention.

Even if they beat Detroit in a rematch at Madison Square Garden the next afternoon -- and if Montreal fell to Chicago later that night -- the Canadiens were almost guaranteed to make the playoffs on the tiebreaker. The formula at the time came down to goals-for. Ferguson's crew had scored 242 to the Rangers 237 entering the final day of the season.

Amidst the Rangers' gloom was New York's optimistic head coach, Emile Francis.

"[Detroit coach] Sid Abel came walking over to me, and he says, 'It is sure too bad what happened to your team tonight,' " Francis recalled from his Florida home. "I looked at him and said: 'Don't bet your farm on it. We are not finished yet.' "I was so pissed off."

Meanwhile, the party continued for the Red Wings, and it rolled right to the airport, as the team hopped a charter flight for New York.

"I think it was an Air Canada DC-9," says former Wings forward Nick Libett. "There was definitely some champagne and libation on the plane."

How much libation, Libett can't quite recall, though he swears -- contrary to Ferguson's conviction -- that Detroit did not surrender the next afternoon because of extreme hangover, but because they had nothing to play for, while the Rangers had everything to lose.

"It was a meaningless game to us," Libett says. "And we knew the Rangers had to score X number of goals, but I go on the record to say there was no laying down.

"It was just one of those games where they scored a lot of goals and we didn't."

New York scored nine goals, to be precise, peppering Wings goaltender Roger Crozier with 65 shots in a 9-5 blowout.

The game was nationally televised. Before it started, Francis went to church to say a prayer and light a few candles. By the time it was over his team was tied with Montreal in points and held the edge in goals-for, 246 to 242.

Francis arrived at his home on Long Beach, Long Island, just as Montreal's game with Chicago was getting underway. He was too tense to sit by the radio, listening to broadcaster Danny Gallivan call the action. So he went walking on the beach and asked his wife, Emma, to yell updates out the front window.

"The game went into the third period tied 1-1," Francis said. "And then Chicago went ahead 2-1."

Eventually Chicago forged a 5-2 lead, at which time Montreal pulled its goalie. "They figured they couldn't get the win, so they'd have to catch us in goals," Francis says. They didn't.

"I don't know how many empty net goals Chicago got on us that night," Ferguson says. "But I think it was six, or something like that."

When it was over the score was 10-2 Blackhawks. The defending Stanley Cup champion Canadiens were out, the Rangers were in, and the Red Wings good name was being cursed by legions of bitter Montrealers.

"That one burned for a long while," Ferguson says. "But I guess we eventually made peace with Detroit, though in those days it didn't sit well with anybody." Bunkum, says Francis.

"You can tell Ferguson and the rest of the Canadiens that that's baloney," he says. "That's a lot of crap. Detroit didn't lie down. That is just Montreal's story.

"[The Canadiens] had it in their own hands: All they had to do was go out and beat Chicago, and they would have been in, and they couldn't beat them.

"So that laying down stuff, it's a lot of *****."

The old Rangers coach, like the old Canadien whose son, John Jr., is GM of the Maple Leafs, is anxious to watch a meaningful showdown between Montreal and Toronto -- the first in almost 30 years --on Saturday night.

"I'll be watching it, if it happens," Francis says. "That'll be some game. It will be just like the old days --Montreal and Toronto --and the loser goes home. "I know what that feels like."

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