Playoff time is a time for superstition and tradition, especially when it comes to anthem singers for NHL teams. It's why Jim Cornelison shines in Chicago and why the Philadelphia Flyers used to break out Kate Smith back in the 1970s.
In Montreal, the Canadiens have apparently found a lucky charm of their own this postseason: anthem singer Ginette Reno.
Before Montreal's two home games in Round 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Reno out belted her memorable rendition of "O Canada" and not only did the Habs win both of those games, they also scored within minutes of the opening face-off.
As Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post noted last month, before Game 4, Reno shook the hand of Danny Briere as she left the ice. The Canadiens forward hadn't registered a goal in the opening three games of the series, but potted one 2:24 into the game. “It worked on the first shift. Maybe we could get a little seat for her right by the bench," he said. "She can touch all the guys.”
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