The spring of 2014 will long be etched in the minds of supporters of the Canadian.
Directed this year by Michel Therrien, the representatives of the Habs had a career full of successes.
Tombeur of the Bruins and the Lightning in the first two rounds, the Habs had finally bowed to the Rangers in the third round in a series marked by controversy.
Chris Kreider during the playoffs of 2014.
During the initial match of this confrontation, forward Chris Kreider, who led them at a brisk pace, in the territory of the CH, had lost her footing and ended up hitting the goalie Carey Price hit. The season of the bouncer, wounded severely in one leg, was coming to an end. The season of the Canadian also, in a certain way.
Called in as a reinforcement in front of the net for the rest of the series, the young Dustin Tokarski, then 24 years old, has not done badly. But the men in red, white and blue have never regained their rhythm after the injury of their goalkeeper-featured and are finally inclined in six parts, so that everything seemed to still permit a few days previously.
Davis Desharnais is rotated, this year, the first trio of CH. By his own admission, the injury to Price has changed at all.
“If it wasn’t for this injury, it would perhaps be a Stanley cup now. Carey was our best player,” said the Quebecers, in an interview on TVA Sports.
According to Desharnais, the stars seemed aligned this year so that Montreal wins their 25th championship.
“We had done a good deal, especially with the arrival of Tomas Vanek. We could also count on Brian Gionta and Daniel Briere, that added a nice depth to our team.”
Flowers to Michel Therrien
The coach-manager of the Canadiens, Michel Therrien, in 2014.
Several fans have still in memory the performance of two players in particular, in 2014, had, very unexpectedly, supported the offensive of montreal.
Rene Bourque, author of eight goals and 11 points, and Lars Eller, with 13 points, had known of the series, simply fantastic.
Desharnais draws an interesting parallel between this good performance and the presence of Michel Therrien behind the bench of the team.
“Michel Therrien was very good to make changes in the full game. His changes were often. Lars and Rene have scored big goals for us.”
Even if the spring of the Canadian squib, Desharnais has several good memories of the playoffs in 2014.
“The frenzy that prevailed in and around the Bell Centre was absolutely phenomenal. I had never seen our amphitheatre so loud.”
And Kreider, in all of this?
Life sometimes good (or bad?) things.
Three years after the painful defeat of his own in the face of the Rangers, Desharnais has had to put on the sweater of the latter in 2017, after a brief stint with the Oilers.
He dared to ask Kreider if he had purposely colliding with Carey Price?
“I asked the question some times. I didn’t really want to know the answer. I was hoping to see his reaction. Maybe it would have turned out badly, and this is not really the kind of guys that you want something goes wrong”.