MONTREAL - The buzz keeps building about Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau's now famous psychedelic tie.
The Habs have a 3-0 record when he dons the multi-coloured cravat behind the bench but Carbonneau planned to wear something else for Thursday's Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers. "I thought people didn't like it," he said with a laugh. "That's superstitions in the playoffs, eh?
"People latch onto things, but it's fun. The stores must love it."
Actually, reports said the Hermes tie is unavailable in Montreal, although it is in stock at the Hermes store in Toronto for $250. It was bought by his wife Line Carbonneau in Dallas and given to him as gift for his 48th birthday on March 18.
He first wore it the night Montreal clinched a playoff spot with a 7-5 win over Ottawa on March 24. He then wore it for the opening game of the first round of playoffs, a 4-1 win over Boston, and again for a 5-0 victory in Game 7.
The tie made the front page of Le Journal de Montreal on Thursday. The newspaper offered a cut-out of the tie on an inside page and urged fans to clip it out and "wear it proudly."
Another report said there was a Facebook group with 6,000 members dedicated to the "Carbonneau tie."
Most of the postings on fan websites say the tie is ugly, but they like it because it brings good luck.
"It's certainly been building up, but it's more fun than anything," Carbonneau said of the phenomenon. "Am I superstitious? Yes, a little.
"I think we all are. As the playoffs go on, you become more superstitious. All the little things become more important, not only individually, but with the team as well."