By Michael Russo
as Ryan Jones calls them.
So I asked around today about goalie’s being pulled in weird circumstances.
Here’s an email I got for Edmonton Journal Hall of Famer Jim Matheson: In ’69-70, the Canadiens were locked in a battle with the Rangers to see which team would finish fourth to get the last playoff spot in the Original Six. In the Habs’ last league game against Chicago, Claude Ruel, the coach, pulled goalie Rogie Vachon with 9 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third with the Habs down 5-2. The Habs needed to score five more goals because back then it was goal differential between tied teams that decided a playoff berth. Vachon only went back in for face-offs. The Hawks scored five empty-net goals to win 10-2. It was the first time in 22 years the Habs missed the playoffs.
And yes, Jacques Lemaire was playing on that Canadiens team. He had 60 points in 69 games.
OK, here we go. Do-or-die for the 81st time.