Well, after many dismal performances at home, the Bell Centre faithful certainly heard a different tune to start 2012.
See, get the pun? Retired after the 2004-05 lockout, the Canadiens brought back the goal song which animated celebrations at the turn of the millennium.
Clearly, Lars Eller enjoyed the song, as he made it play four times in the evening, capping off his performance with an otherworldly move in the shootout.
In spite of this healthy win, however, the Canadiens are still miles away from being in the playoff discussion, let alone a playoff spot. Sitting seven points out of 8th place and having played more games than most of their rivals, their work is cut out for them.
At this point, it is not unreasonable to suggest a playoff spot is almost completely out of reach.
But, if the Canadiens are to pull off the improbable feat of qualifying for the post-season, they will have to make sure to play that new song a lot.
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