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This Day in Montreal Canadiens History: October 28th

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For the first installment of “This Day in Montreal Canadiens History”, many Habs fans won’t look back on this day fondly. On October 28th, 2000, the Habs began a streak that would tie a dubious record in club history that is shared with the dreadful 1939-1940 club who went 10-33-5 (25 points) and finished a distant last in the then, seven team NHL.

The Canadiens squad who took the ice on October 28th, 2000 began a streak of seven consecutive home losses that wouldn’t end until November 25th of the same year. As you may recall, that streak (and the overall terrible play of the team) led to some major changes within the organization. After an awful 8-1 loss to the hated Toronto Maple Leafs at the Molson Centre, General Manager Réjean Houle and Head Coach Alain Vigneault were fired on November 18th, 2000.

The firings of Houle and Vigneault led to the eventual hiring, two days later, of General Manager André Savard (2000-2003) and Head Coach Michel Therrien (2000-2003), who would start his first go-round as the leader of the Habs. Unfortunately, Therrien couldn’t completely stop the bleeding as the Habs dropped two more home tilts against the Florida Panthers and the Buffalo Sabres before the club finally beat the Atlanta Thrashers on November 27th, 2000.

The Habs went on to finish 11th in the Eastern Conference that season and dead last in the Northeast Division.

Here’s to keeping the past where it belongs.

Go Habs Go!