During a recent interview with Betway Insider former Montreal Canadien and Hall of Famer Denis Savard reflected on what it was like winning a Stanley Cup in 1993.
“When I talk about it now, I still have goosebumps,” he says. “It’s an amazing feeling. Especially being a kid that grew up in Montreal.
“Just to lift it – and it’s heavy, believe me. It’s the ultimate goal for any player to get to the final buzzer and to raise it up. It’s something that can never be taken away from you and something that as I watch the playoffs right now, it brings back a lot of great memories.”
Obviously winning a big game like this has a lot of upside and according to Savard there were a lot of parties that he was attending afterwards. What do you expect? You just won the stanley cup!
“That whole time, that whole summer was just incredible, just crazy. There were a lot of parties, I won’t lie to you, but rightly so. You can’t duplicate that, you can’t make that up.”
“That was a big, big step for us to go on and win the Cup,” admits Savard. “We had our eyes on two guys, Marty McSorley being one, and Luc Robitaille being the other.
“When you get to the last few minutes of a game and you’re playing with an illegal stick, you switch your stick, because you don’t want to get caught in a penalty.
“It was a gamble, and it turned out to be a good gamble for us. We were in a situation where we were desperate. We had no other thing we could do except somehow get a power play.”
Montreal was down 2 games to 0 and had to head to the road, somehow they managed to turn things around and win the series, something like no one has seen before.
“I don’t know what the record or the history is as far as teams being down two and then going on the road for Game 3 and 4, but the odds wouldn’t have been with us, that’s for sure.”