Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens paid tribute to former head coach Pat Burns who passed away yesterday after a long bout with lung cancer. Making the night more special in Montreal was having their opponent be the Toronto Maple Leafs. On a night where the long-time rivals would be doing battle with each other yet again on the ice, in the stands they would be united together to pay tribute to the man who coached both of their teams.
Burns led the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup finals in 1989 where they lost to the Calgary Flames. In 1993, Burns took the Maple Leafs to the Western Conference finals where they would be ousted by Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings. Burns won the Jack Adams Award with both the Habs and the Maple Leafs and three times overall in his coaching career. Tonight’s tribute in Montreal might just bring a tear to your eye.