Canadiens Snap Their Losing Streak

Montreal’s season stats are now an even split of 19 wins and 19 losses.

It has been a difficult month and disappointing season for the National Hockey League big guns, the Montreal Canadiens. The team often found contesting the major places in the Eastern Atlantic Division and pushing hard for NHL success has been poor by their lofty standards, giving fans very little to cheer for of late. The Canadiens slipped to a 19th defeat of the season on Tuesday, the team’s third straight loss in less than a week.

Montreal faced the Ottawa Senators in midweek, and despite entering that fixture as the favorite with many bookies and fans, they came up short, adding another hurtful defeat to a growing list of poor results. The Canadiens entered that game eager to stop the rot after suffering back-to-back losses to the Senators last Thursday and then the Boston Bruins at the weekend. Tuesday’s game gave the team a chance to bounce back to winning ways, but they didn’t take it.

Montreal entered Tuesday’s game against the Senators, eager to block an unwanted treble. The squad and coaching staff knew they were in the midst of a cruel run but believed they had the skill and character to pull themselves free and gain a revenge win. It wasn’t to be with Montreal fans watching on in horror as the side slipped to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat. 

It was a game they never looked like winning when the action began, and the final score reflected a comfortable outing for Ottawa. But there were better times ahead for those loyal to the Montreal cause.

Canadiens score a rare win

Following three painful losses on the bounce, Montreal fans grew anxious. They wanted to see more from their team after planning for a strong season spent pushing for the prizes. When playing the New York Islanders on Thursday, everyone connected to the Montreal locker room knew it was a must-win. Confidence was low in the camp, and it was even lower in the crowd, with many fans struggling to endure the Canadien’s ongoing poor form.

Thankfully, there was a rare win to cheer when Montreal beat New York in a seven-goal thriller. Despite entering on the back of three defeats, Montreal delivered a hard-fought but fully deserved win, and the result arrived at the perfect time. The victory came on strong foundations, with Montreal exploding out of the traps to grab a 3-0 win in the first period, stunning their opponents.

New York has endured its fair share of problems and poor form this season, too, but it rolled up its sleeves and responded with a 1-0 win in the second and a 2-1 win in the third. It was an impressive rally and a show of character for the fans, but in the end, it was a case of too little, too late. The Islanders slipped to sixth in the Metropolitan, with Montreal’s season stats now an even split of 19 wins and 19 losses.

Enduring campaign

It’s been an enduring campaign, but life as a Canadiens fan hasn’t always been this hard. The world-famous NHL team has won the Stanley Cup on 24 occasions, first in 1915. That’s a remarkable feat, but their most recent success was in the 1992/93 season, which was a horrible drought for a team with such a rich history. 

To help heal the suffering, let’s reflect on that title-winning season in the early 90s when the going was good. Keep reading as we walk you down memory lane, highlighting how Montreal managed to turn a poor season into a successful one that will live long in the memory. The reason for looking back is to gain confidence and belief for the future. 

Much has changed in Montreal and the NHL since the team’s last success, but the character, ambition, and never-say-die attitude of the Montreal Canadiens live on. Fans hope it returns to the surface someday soon, and they’ll return to winning major titles.

Early struggles

The 1992-93 NHL season for the Montreal Canadiens began with uncertainty. Still, it evolved into a journey that would culminate in one of the most memorable and unexpected Stanley Cup victories in the history of the sport.

Facing a .500 record by December, the Canadiens encountered early-season challenges. However, the team found its stride with the acquisition of Vincent Damphousse, leading to a significant mid-season turnaround. But he wasn’t the only player who hit his stride in the latter stages of the campaign.

Goaltender Patrick Roy emerged as a standout performer during the regular season, showcasing exceptional skills and a remarkable ability to elevate his game when it mattered most.

Securing a playoff berth, the Canadiens faced their arch-rivals, the Quebec Nordiques, in a seven-game series that set the stage for the team’s resilience and determination.

A pivotal moment in the season came in the second round against the Buffalo Sabres, where the Canadiens, led by Roy’s goaltending, orchestrated a historic comeback from a 4-1 deficit to win in overtime.


The Canadiens faced the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Finals, resulting in a thrilling seven-game series that showcased Montreal’s ability to overcome adversity.

In the Stanley Cup Finals against the formidable Los Angeles Kings, the Canadiens continued their underdog story, with Game 2 and Eric Desjardins’ hat trick marking a turning point in the series.

The pivotal Game 5 at the Montreal Forum saw the Canadiens secure a 4-1 victory, with goals from Guy Carbonneau, Mike Keane, and Brian Bellows, ultimately clinching their 24th Stanley Cup championship.


Patrick Roy’s stellar performance throughout the playoffs earned him the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player, cementing his place as a key figure in the Canadiens’ championship run.

The 1993 Stanley Cup-winning season left an indelible mark on the Montreal Canadiens’ legacy. It showcased the team’s resilience, teamwork, and the indomitable spirit that defines playoff hockey. 

The players from that iconic team became legends in Montreal, their victory forever etched in the city’s rich hockey lore.