Montreal Canadiens Honour Past Captains Of The Franchise

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  • Maybe the Canadiens should invite their former captains to every game at the Bell Centre.
  • Or maybe they should just let the players wear the sweaters of former captains and Hall of Famers during the pregame warmups.
  • Those two factors might have helped the Canadiens end their eight-game winless streak (0-5-3) with a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

“I think it brought some smiles to our face before the game,” said Brendan Gallagher, who wore Yvan Cournoyer’s No. 12 during the pregame warmup before 11 former captains were honoured at centre ice to celebrate the Canadiens’ 110th anniversary. “We had some fun. We were calling each other by the first names of the guys that we had. So we had some fun with it.”

  • Gallagher was Yvan (Cournoyer), Phillip Danault was Jean (Béliveau), Jesperi Kotkaniemi was Kirk (Muller), Artturi Lehkonen was Saku (Koivu), Shea Weber was Larry (Robinson), Ben Chiarot was Serge (Savard), Nick Cousins was Guy (Carbonneau), Jeff Petry was Chris (Chelios) and Carey Price was Jacques (Plante).

“A lot of captains in our room before the game,” Gallagher said with a grin. “We weren’t short of leadership. I think it was kind of fun to wear those jerseys and represent them because we obviously know how special it is to be a Montreal Canadien and those are the names that are a big reason why.”

  • Danault, Gallagher, Petry and Weber scored for the Canadiens, who improved their record to 12-10-6, while the Islanders fell to 18-6-2. Carey Price made 21 saves for the victory as the Canadiens outshot the Islanders 40-23.
  • The Canadiens moved within one point of the Florida Panthers (13-9-5) and Buffalo Sabres (13-10-5), who are tied for second place in the Atlantic Division.
  • On captains’ reunion night, it was fitting that Weber scored the empty-net goal that clinched the victory. Weber finished the game with a goal and an assist in 29:49 of ice time and was plus-3.

“He’s our captain and that’s what captains do,” coach Claude Julien said after the game. “They lead not only on the ice, but they lead off the ice. They got their what we call their core group of guys. There’s other people that support him that do a job behind the scenes that nobody else sees except for them and sometimes the coaches. And even sometimes the coaches aren’t aware of all the stuff they’ll do behind closed doors. That’s always been the case in hockey. But he’s a leader and he’s a captain and it’s not by default. He brings a lot.”

NHL Highlights | Islanders vs. Canadiens – Dec. 3, 2019

Sources & Credits: The Montreal Gazette

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