So it was a Dane who extended an offbeat Canadiens streak on the day that an Argentine won a fairly significant election.

Lars Eller capped a wonderful game, one of his best ever as a Canadien, with the crafty shootout winner to lift the Habs 4-3 over the Ottawa Senators.

The victory was the Canadiens’ fourth straight and extended to three games the run on which they have not been beaten — two wins and a tie — on the day that the Catholic Church has elected a new Pope.

A less-than-useful statistic, perhaps, but since Catholicism and the Canadiens are both religions in Quebec, why not make the connection?

Just goes to show what Habs supporters have long believed: the Montreal jersey is indeed the sacred flannel, as approved by the omnipotent Commissioner upstairs.

No, not Gary Bettman.

Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from this day forward known as Francis, 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, is the eighth pontiff elected since the Canadiens were born in 1909, the seventh since the creation of the NHL in 1917.

On March 2, 1939, the date of election of Pius XII, the Habs beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1, forward Louis Trudel of Salem, Mass., scoring the game-winner early in the third period.

And on Oct. 28, 1958, the election date of John XXIII, Montreal tied the Blackhawks 5-5 in Chicago, Henri Richard and Bernie Geoffrion both scoring twice.