The morning after is always tough. It’s a combination of being proud of what you’ve accomplished and being disappointed that it’s all over. In Montreal, it’s not just the players that feel that way, it’s the fans too. Sure – they could have done better in the Philadelphia series, but at the end of the day they simply ran out of gas, which was made even tougher given the size, strength and compete level of this Flyers’ team. To sum up the series in a nutshell, Leighton was better than Halak, the Canadiens had no answer for the big 4 on defense for the Flyers, a tenacious forecheck wore down Montreal’s defense, and special teams was very subpar for the Canadiens, especially the power play. I, for one, am proud of what this team accomplished. They defied even the most optimistic fan’s expectations and deserve a ton of credit for the amount of character and passion that they showed over the course of the playoffs. This was a team that fans can and should be proud of, and you can be sure that for the first time in a long time, this will be an exciting team to watch for years to come.
The morning after is also a day where the Canadiens head to the arena to collect their things and speak to the media one last time. Naturally, over the course of the season, players misplace some of their belongings. Below is Montreal’s list of lost and found items that were returned to the players.
LOST AND FOUND SIGN OUT SHEET
|OWNER||LOST AND FOUND ITEM|
|Jacques Martin||Life-size blowup doll of Marc-Andre Bergeron|
|Georges Laraque||Gloves (Laraque later returned the item, saying “it’s impossible these are mine because I never drop my gloves”)|
|Andrei Kostitsyn||Unused gift certificates to various local strip clubs. (The player declined the coupons because they were marked “full contact”)|
|Marc-Andre Bergeron||His cell phone that he threw away, because anytime he tried to connect with someone from his own team, the attempt would be intercepted by one of the Flyers’ forwards.|
|Tomas Plekanec||The 2 missing pages from his personal calendar. Pages are marked April and May|
|Paul Mara||Printed directions to the unemployment line|
|Scott Gomez||N / A (please note that Gomez likely has lost items that have not yet been located, as one area that was not searched was the penalty box)|
|Andrei Markov||The Hurt Locker. Not the DVD, it’s the name-bar used to identify his dressing room stall.|
|Hal Gill||2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th gears|
|Mathieu Darche||Patent for his scotch-based beverage; aged 35 years, never on ice.|
|Sergei Kostitsyn||Sergei Kostitsyn|
|Roman Hamrlik||Stack of 200 coupons marked “Free Pass” and signed by Jacques Martin|
|Jaroslav Spacek||Reclaimed various items from the Lost and Found area, and then spent 45 minutes trying to exit the zone.|
|Maxim Lapierre||Did not show up when he learned there would be a large crowd of players at the lost and found with no referee in sight.|
|Jaroslav Halak||Weird, there was a book in the lost and found, but now Halak’s book is out|
|Benoit Pouliot||Was unaware of the Lost and Found event. Players needed to go on the internet to find out, and Pouliot never goes to the NET.|
Montreal Canadiens’ executives have decided that they will be holding their end of year sale at the team store located at the Bell Centre. This year, clearance day will see fans save anywhere from 50% to 70%, which is why the nickname for the event is “The Carey Price Sale”.
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.