After honoring Jay LaFleur before Friday’s game against the Toronto Marlies, the Laval Rocket failed to earn a playoff spot for the first time in the club’s history on Friday, losing the flag 5-1 to the Toronto Marlies at Place Bell.
Even if you don’t want to curse the Montreal Canadiens’ pawn, which will dedicate a party to the blond devil on Sunday, the Rocket Organization can’t ignore the death of Guy LaFleur.
Even before the Place Bell home announcer had finished reciting a short salute, the walls of the runway were shaking to the sound of “Jay, Jay, Jay” by supporters. Then a short moment of silence was observed in honor of the number 10.
In today’s duel, the Toronto Maple Leafs farm side distanced themselves from their rivals thanks to a three-goal push late in the middle of the period.
Joey Anderson started rolling the ball when he took advantage of a science opponent from Brett Ceney to find himself alone against Kevin Boleyn. Leaving the Quebec goalkeeper alone, he was helpless in front of Anderson’s precise shot.
The same scenario repeated a few minutes later, when Marles captain Rich Cloone took advantage of a two-on-one to give his team the lead. Phillip Myers, the former Nashville Predators quarterback, ended the clash by tricking Pauline with a powerful shot, seconds after he was stripped from Gabriel Burke.
However, the Laval formation started the meeting with the right foot. In the mid-1920s, Joel Tisdale threaded the needle by returning the disc from Michael Hutchinson’s arm.
The Marlies goalkeeper brilliantly defended his cage, managing 35 displays.
Nick Robertson and Pontus Holmberg, in an empty net, pinned Laval’s coffin by hitting the mark in the third inning.
Rocket will have a little time to recover from their emotions, as they will try to confirm their qualification for the spring championship with a victory over Crunch in Syracuse on Saturday night.
Missile fans mourned the blond devil
Seeing so many fans who occasionally wore a Jay LaFleur shirt, one would have thought that the Montreal Canadiens Training Club was named in honor of another legend in the organization.
Even if the announcement of the blond devil’s death was frightening for some time, it had the effect of a shock wave on the hockey planet and the entire Peel County.
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“It’s a tough day,” fan Dennis Rio told Bliss Bell, just minutes before the game between the Rockets and the Toronto Marlies kicks off.
“It was a big shock today, even if we went there [attendait]. Guy LaFleur was an example of character and perseverance.”
Unsurprisingly, the term most often used to describe a Thurso native is “idol”. Franco Bertone is part of a generation of Quebecers who have grown up admiring the exploits of Guy Lafleur.
“Every time he touched the disc, we were on our feet. It’s boring for young people who haven’t seen this guy play. It’s hard to explain.”
man of the people
Even if he never got the chance to see it fly over the Forum’s ice rink, young Marc-Antoine Proulx learned to love the number 10 by listening to his father Daniel’s stories.
“He has inspired the players of our time, notes the teen. We all associate the number 10 with Guy LaFleur. I carried that number [dans le hockey mineur] and rnbnap.”
“He is a man of the people who has had success in his career, and he in turn praises the father. I had the opportunity to meet him. It was like talking to someone I have known all my life.”
Guy Lafleur’s impressive accessibility, during and after his illustrious career, also helped build his reputation.
“He was going to meet people. He wasn’t a superstar. He was an accessible guy, notes Marie-Yves Lafleur, who also doesn’t share any family ties with the illustrious striker.
“[Il était] The man involved everywhere, the little guy from Quebec who never forgot his origins.”