Deja Voodoo shutout skid for Filion
The 2nd oldest living Hab was in the Bell Centre Saturday when the Canadiens lost their 3rd straight game by shutout. It brought haunting memories of Coach Dick Irvin Senior back to Robert Filion.
In a CJAD exclusive, listen to Filion's recollections of '49 and his tour of duty with the Habs, complete with the Stanley Cup ring he proudly wears honouring the champs of '44.
"Mr. Irvin wasn't happy." Habs fans can only imagine. That season the record scored 43, but no other Habs hit the 20-goal mark. Still the team finished 29-22-19.
The Canadiens beat the Red Wings 4-1 October 30, 1949 to break out of their drought. But in the playoffs: more scoring trouble. Only 7 goals scored losing 4-1 in games to the Rangers in the Stanley Cup semi-final. Shut out in their elimination game.
The Habs still have a long way to go to match the franchise-worst mark of 320:57 in 1928. They'd have to be shutout against the Thrashers and then struggle against the Devils on Saturday night. Let's not tempt the Hockey Gods.
Filion posed with his son Robert Jr. who dutifully tends to the Habs heroes in the Canadiens alumni lounge at the Bell Centre.