MONTREAL - Win streaks are the topic du jour around the NHL these days, so it should come as no surprise that the league’s top farm teams are currently doing a little streaking of their own.
This Friday, the AHL’s second-ranked Hamilton Bulldogs hit the ice in search of an eighth-straight win, looking to set the franchise’s record for the most consecutive wins since becoming the Canadiens’ main feeder team in 2002.
Guy Boucher’s ‘Dogs haven’t lost since before January 27, when they got the ball rolling with a 5-0 victory over the Blackhawks’ affiliate Rockford IceHogs.
In addition to the IceHogs, the Milwaukee Admirals, Chicago Wolves, San Antonio Rampage, Rochester Americans and Toronto Marlies have been left in the Bulldogs’ dust during the team’s current tear.
Despite missing four of their six leading scorers on February 5 and 6, the Bulldogs’ offense kept right on rolling. With Brock Trotter, David Desharais, Ben Maxwell and Mathieu Darch all suiting up in Montreal for the Canadiens, a few other farm hands had to chip in to lead the Bulldogs to a 5-2 win over the Americans and a 2-1 decision over the Marlies.
Over those seven games, the Bulldogs have scored 26 goals and allowed only eight against, with Curtis Sandford adding a pair of shutouts in that span.
As the wins piled up, the impressive streak could’ve gone to the Bulldogs’ heads, but a special day of activities reminded both players and coaches how they lucky they really are.
Following practice on February 9, the guys joined up with some sledge hockey players – and got schooled and deked out by them in the process. The ‘Dogs also had the unenviable task of practicing their moves against the goalie of the Canadian National sledge hockey team.
Good thing for Guy Boucher and Bulldogs, they will be back on skates when they take on the Lake Eerie Monsters on Friday.Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Manny Almela and Shauna Denis.See alsoAll good things must come to an end Habs notebook - Feb. 9, 2010 Over to you, Pierre “I will be a Canadien forever” – Bob Gainey Pyatt recalled, White and Trotter to Hamilton