It all started innocently enough on March 16th, almost a full month before the NHL playoffs began. That's when this first appeared on the front page of NHL.com:
At the time, the Montreal Canadiens were in the midst of a 6 game winning streak that had vaulted them back into playoff contention. Little did we know that the "Hab" in "Habs" would become the hottest trend in the playoffs next to Montreal goaltender, Jaroslav Halak, winning Game 7's. For example, when the Canadiens tied up their 2nd round series against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins:
And when the Canadiens eliminated the Penguins in Game 7?
Top 3 Rejected Headlines:
And hey... ESPN... why don't you just stick to selling advertising for your local web sites or not covering the indiscretions of athletes that appear on your network. Let's leave the hockey pun headlines to the professionals, okay?
It seems that everything is going so well for the Canadiens that there is nothing that will stop their ascent to the front page of NHL.com.
Oh, right. That whole "not winning Game 1" thing.
special thanks to TRH Reader, Brian M., for the ESPN screengrab!!!