The playoffs are a time for heroes.
They are a time for winners and losers.
They are a time to separate the men from the boys.
They are a time for memorable moments.
Take this year for example: a gritty Los Angeles Kings team beat out the No. 1 seed Vancouver Canucks in just five games. Then the Kings handled the No. 2 seed St. Louis Blues in four straight. The Kings are on to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1993. That year, the Kings went on to the Stanley Cup final, only to lose to the Montreal Canadiens.
That 1993 Cup final series was one to remember. Patrick Roy was stellar in the Habs' net. It would prove to be the last time Wayne Gretzky would play in the Cup finals. What will happen this year? Will similar story lines be made? Can Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick provide the heroics that Roy did in '93?
Only time will tell. So stay tuned.
The Canadiens won't be a part of the final, but the Kings might. So as Habs' fans watch and wait for this year's storybook to be written—which might include the Kings' second Stanley Cup appearance—we can take a look back and remember that 1993 series, as well as nine more of the greatest moments in Habs' playoff history since 1979.