Mike Condon stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced in the Canadiens' Winter Classic win over the Bruins. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Canadiens goalie Mike Condon thinks he got some Patriots mojo: 'Anything that Tom Brady touches turns to gold'

Scott McLaughlin
January 01, 2016 - 1:25 pm
Tuukka Rask had Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Stephen Gostkowski featured on his helmet. Claude Julien wore a Bill Belichick-esque hoodie behind the bench. But it was Canadiens goalie Mike Condon who came away from Friday's Winter Classic feeling like he had snagged some of the Patriots' winning mojo. Condon, a Holliston native who grew up rooting for the Pats, also had a Patriots-themed mask, as his featured sketches of Brady and Belichick along with four Lombardi Trophies and the team's famous "Do Your Job" motto. The cherry on top was getting the helmet autographed by Brady and Belichick before the Pats took off for Miami for Sunday's regular-season finale. "I'm pretty sure anything that Tom Brady touches turns to gold," Condon said. "So I was pretty happy. Hopefully got some mojo on my helmet there. I'm a huge fan of his, huge fan of this organization, and I'm just happy to pay respect to them on the ice." Condon didn't really need to be gold on Friday, as his Canadiens held the Bruins to just three shots on goal in the first period and built up a 3-0 lead by the end of the second. But he was very good when he was tested. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in the second, including a big glove save on Ryan Spooner in the final second of the period. He made 10 more saves in the third and the only goal he allowed came on a Matt Beleskey deflection just a few feet in front of him that no goalie would've stopped. Condon said he tried not to get caught up in the hype of the Winter Classic or all the talk about him playing so close to home in front of so many friends and family members. It wasn't until the game was over that Condon finally took a few moments to soak in the setting. "I was just trying to keep my head on the ice the whole time, but when the final buzzer rang I looked around, just tried to take as many mental photos as I could and just to try to remember this feeling," Condon said. "It's certainly a special one." Friday was Condon's second straight win -- and second straight strong performance -- after a stretch that saw him drop seven straight decisions. He now has an 11-9-3 record and .907 save percentage on the season. The entire Winter Classic experience went just about perfectly for Condon, but if there was one negative it might be that he didn't get to actually meet Brady himself. Condon's helmet was brought over to the Patriots locker room by someone else, but Condon said he understands. "[Brady] was under pretty tight security. I don't think they would let a Montreal player into the Pats' locker room," Condon said with a laugh.