It’s only 17 games into this young, admittedly shortened season, and yet the Montreal Canadiens have arguably already suffered at least two heartbreaking losses.
Against the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 7, they gave up a two-goal third-period lead, including the game-tying marker with under two seconds left, ultimately losing 5-4 in a shootout.
And just this past Thursday, aiming for an unprecedented six-game winning streak this year (unless you’re the Chicago Blackhawks…or San Jose Sharks), the Habs gave up another two-goal lead, losing to John Tavares (and 18 other guys, I guess) 4-3 in overtime.
Nevertheless, the Habs and their fans will soldier on somehow. The team, after all, is now in its 19th season since winning its 24th championship. As such, as heartbreaking as the above games were, there are plenty more where they came from, ones that have even made grown men cry.
I mean, just where were the high stakes? The playoff implications? The crushed Stanley Cup dreams? The rioting afterward? Oh, wait, we’re talking losses. Not single-series victories. My bad.
In any case, here are the top five heartbreaking Habs losses since 1993: