It's hard to choose a favorite among so many great years, but 1976 is one of the best, most powerful Cup Finals ever played, a series about self-preservation, dignity. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it's not too late to better ourselves. Since, Elizabeth, it's impossible in this world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with Guy Lafleur . It's an important message, crucial really. And it's beautifully stated on the Stanley Cup.
Some bullshit about a shit team that is going to kill me
Remember those heady days of a couple years ago, when Larry Robinson, former Montreal great and Stanley Cup winning coach, was added to the coaching staff? Remember how he was given some academic-sounding title like Associate Professor Coach? It seemed like a shrewd move at the time. Add a former Norris winner, a player-focused coach to handle the defense and work with guys like Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns, Justin Braun, and Jason Demers to improve their individual games. And he was going to work with the AHL team as well. Sounds great!
I think it's fair to say that Braun, Burns, and Vlasic have individually benefited from Robinson, but the team's defense is so much less than the sum of its parts. So, great job, Larry! Maybe we can leave him in the rafters of Montreal along with his retired jersey.
Sharks @ Canadiens
4:00 PM Pacific
Prediction: The world just opens up and swallows them.