So the Montreal Canadiens have just released a DVD of its 10 greatest games in history. But there’s once missing.
• The Habs winning its fifth consecutive Stanley Cup in 1960.
• Montreal against the Red Army on New Year’s Eve in 1975.
• Montreal winning its second Cup in a row in 1977.
• Semifinal game against the Boston Bruins in 1979 (when the Bruins were called for too many players on the ice).
• Adams division final game against the Quebec Nordiques in 1984.
• Habs win the Stanley Cup against the Calgary Flames in 1986.
• Habs win the Stanley Cup against the Los Angeles Kings in 1993.
• The last game at the Montreal Forum in 1996.
• The outdoor game against the Edmonton Oilers in 2003.
• The Canadiens coming back when down 5-0 to win against the New York Rangers in 2008.
Without a doubt, there are some great games on the DVD.
But I think there is one glaring omission.
Saku Koivu’s first game back after battling cancer. In 2002, Koivu was diagnosed with cancer and missed most of the season. He came back with three games left before the playoffs.
Koviu’s first game back was against the Ottawa Senators. In a very classy move, the Sens stood at the blueline and tapped their sticks in honour of Koivu as he did his pre-game skate. The crowd gave him an eight-minute standing ovation. It was a great game, and Montreal won 4-3 on a last-minute goal. It also clinched a playoff spot for the Canadiens.
The rest of the games are great, but this game should be on the DVD. I’d put it above the Heritage Classic, the Rangers comeback and the Stanley-Cup winning game against the Bruins. I’d even put in before the Red Army game, the Nordiques game and the too many men on the ice game.
It’s a game that really needs to be included, and it’s a shame it’s not there.