The Montreal Canadiens will live to see another day as they beat the Washington Capitals in game 5 of their best of 7 series by a score of 2-1. For those expecting an extremely intuitive analysis I apologize, but this game came down to Montreal trying really hard, and Washington appeared to assume that eventually they would win the game now matter how poorly they played. Oh, and Montreal’s goaltender stopped 37 of 38 shots, that helped a little too.
More importantly, I have come up with a way that would result in a guaranteed win for the Montreal Canadiens in game 6.
Everyone knows that in minor hockey, parents are crazy. That’s just a given. They are constantly criticizing players, they look for someone to blame any time a mistake is made, they yell and scream at kids during a game (sometimes even their own kid), they boo referees, and rather than be positive and encouraging when things go sour, that just adds fuel to the fire for most. Sure, there are exceptions, but the stereotype is accurate.
I know of one crazy hockey dad who is well aware that he falls into that category. His daughter and my sister played together, but the story is more about his son who is a few years younger than me. When his kid made Pee Wee AA many years ago, his season got off to a rocky start. One day, the coach pulled the father aside after a practice and said to him “if you care about your son’s development as a hockey player, I suggest you stop coming to games because you’re behavior is making it impossible for him to play to his capability.” The father actually took that advice and never showed up to a game the rest of the year. Sure enough, his son had a very successful season.
The secret gameplan for the Habs to win game 6 is to play in an undisclosed location so that they don’t have to endure the verbal abuse of the Canadiens fans who are sometimes too passionate for their own good. Do you really think it’s just a coincidence that Montreal has played their best 3 games of the series on the road?
Some will say that fans pay their entrance fee and they have the right to voice their displeasure in any way shape or form that they choose. You might be right, but hockey players are humans too. I wonder if the people who “boo” would perform well at work if every time they made a mistake or were having a bad day, they would hear yelling and screaming from everyone around them. Or even worse, imagine that every time you did something wrong, people would start chanting the name of your co-worker as a testament to how much better he is than you. If that were me, it would make me very nervous to make mistakes and I wouldn’t be as productive because I would be too concerned about doing something too perfectly. Why should hockey players be any different?
If you prick them, do they not bleed? If you tickle them, do they not laugh? If you poison them, do they not die?
The Habs will return to Montreal for game 6 of the series on Monday night in an attempt to push the series to 7 games. Please do everyone a favor and watch the game at home on TV if you’re going to bail on the team the minute things get a little rough. Be like that crazy hockey dad who realized he was part of the problem and quickly became part of the solution.
GO HABS GO!
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.