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Open Post- Game 5 ECF Montreal/Philadelphia

Will Philadelphia wrap up the series tonight on home ice or will Montreal be able to pull out a win to force game 6 in Montreal?

Game starts just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC or RDS.

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Desperation Is The Key For The Canadiens

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Ask anyone who has worn an NHL jersey what it takes to win at this time of the postseason, and “desperation” is one of the words you can expect to hear. Another is “relentless.”

Dig deeper, and you’ll be told “don’t get too high after a win.” Or “don’t get too low after a loss.”

Is that what happened to the Canadiens on Saturday? Were they still too high from their 5-1 romp on Thursday?

For most of Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Flyers, “desperation” was a four-letter word to the home boys. It was the Flyers who were relentless, particularly in the second period when they scored twice and held the Canadiens to one shot. It was the Flyers who called the shots in the third period.

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The Sand Story

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

It is a question that may not get answered, if ever, until after this Flyers playoff run is over.

Did they show True Grit by walking through true grit Saturday in Montreal, or are they just sandbagging us on the subject of the Great Skate Debate?

“I didn’t comment on it [Saturday] night,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said Sunday, in the very definition of deadpan. “I have no comments. I’m not sure exactly what it is you’re talking about.”

Enter Sandman.

If someone booby-trapped the Flyers’ path to the ice with sand or pellets or rock salt or whatever, clearly this person was not the sharpest blade in the skate rack.

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from MyFoxPhilly,

“I thought they had diarrhea, going back and forth from the locker room,” Montreal defenseman Jaroslav Spacek said on Sunday. “The guys were talking on the plane. What happened?”

“If (the Flyers) have trouble, maybe they can wear those skate protectors like figure skaters,” Spacek said.

Montreal’s Scott Gomez said the Flyers were exaggerating.

read on

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Boring Hockey

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

After surviving two of the most exciting battles you will ever see against Washington and Pittsburgh, the Canadiens have found themselves locked in an exercise in tedium. Since they were reduced to the role of spectators during the second period Saturday, the Habs have to know how boring it was.

If the first three contests were something less than classics, Saturday’s game made my New NHL look very much like that Bad Old NHL. With two teams trapping, scoring chances were as hard to find as decaf at an AA meeting.

If the Philadelphia strategy was to bore the Canadiens to death and silence the crowd, it worked. After the midway mark of the first period, the Habs were never in it. The question is whether the Flyers beat them - or the Canadiens beat themselves.

With a chance to tie the series and go back to Philly with the momentum on their side, the Canadiens laid an egg the size of Laval. They played an awful, disorganized, emotionally flat game. They didn’t compete, they didn’t test the Flyers. And they were full value for that 3-0 loss.

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To Wear The Foot Guard Or Not

from Arpon Basu of the CP at the Toronto Sun,

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges was still coming to grips Sunday with the broken strap on his foot guard that limited his mobility and allowed Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux to open the scoring in a 3-0 Game 4 win for a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference final.

“It’s frustrating,” Gorges said after a brief team meeting Sunday at the Canadiens’ suburban practice facility. “I came back to the bench and, it was no fault of anyone, but I was ready to just yell. But who do you yell at?”

Gorges said the strap broke about 15 or 20 seconds before the goal 5:41 into the second period and he was unable to push off on his skate because he stepped on the strap as Giroux easily skated around him before roofing a shot short side on Jaroslav Halak.

After playing most of the season wearing the plastic guards - which prevent foot injuries when blocking shots - Gorges is considering abandoning them for Monday’s Game 5 match-up in Philadelphia where the Canadiens will be playing to keep their season alive.

read on and skate issues from last night is brought up too…

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Sand Trap?

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

There is not a beach within 180 miles of Montreal.

But during the second period of Saturday’s 3-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens, NBC’s Pierre McGuire reported during the national broadcast that “sand or some other foreign substance” had been spilled in the hallway leading from the Flyers’ locker room to the Bell Centre ice.

Sand can wreak havoc on the edges of hockey skates, causing players to slip and fall unexpectedly. It could be an explanation as to why an inordinate number of players were forced to leave the game for periods of time to have their skates re-sharpened.

No player or coach would confirm the incident post-game – or even suggest malice was intended – but by the third period, the Flyers laid down towels in the hallway to prevent the reoccurrence.

“We had skate issues, that’s for sure,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “You know, we lost [Mike] Richards three times, Kimmo [Timonen] two times, and I don’t know.

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Flyers Have Foot To The Throat Mentality After Game 4 Win

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

For the second time in three playoff rounds, the Canadiens surrendered a commanding lead, this time losing 3-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon to give the visitors a 3-1 lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final. The Flyers can wrap up the best-of-seven series on Monday night in Philadelphia.

However, the Flyers say they are not counting on anything when the Eastern Conference final moves to their arena, even if they smothered the Canadiens defensively on Saturday.

“With each series, obviously it gets harder [to clinch] but I don’t think you can look past the next game and the next win,” said Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger, who typified his team in coming back from a poor outing in Game 3 to be one of the best players on the ice in Game 4.

“[The Canadiens] are obviously a team that has had their backs against the wall throughout the playoffs,” Pronger added. “We obviously want to stymie that and get our foot on their throats.”

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Open Post- Game 4 ECF Montreal vs. Philadelphia

A momentum shift has Montreal attempting to even the series today at 2-2.

Will the teams go back to Philadelphia even or will the Flyers have a chance to advance to the SCF with a win on Monday night?

Game starts just after 3:00pm on NBC, CBC and RDS.

added 2:34pm, via Damien Cox of The Spin,

RDS, despite fierce discussions over Friday and Saturday, managed to maintain it’s right to put an on-ice broadcaster in the coveted spot between the benches for today’s Game 3 between the Canadiens and Flyers.

RDS has “No. 1” position for the game and theoretically first dibs on pretty much everything. But the 3 p.m. start time was an NBC request - CBC figured it would lose about one million viewers compared to a nighttime game - and lobbied to have their analyst, Pierre Maguire, get the between-the-benches position.

NBC was actually third in the pecking order behind RDS and CBC. In the end, RDS analyst Joel Bouchard gets the prime position, while CBC’s Glenn Healy and Maguire will be stationed at two other vantage points for the highly anticipated match.

added 2:55pm, Ha, now this from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Bettman, according to those familiar with the situation, was willing to allow the deal. But Hockey Night in Canada objected and Bettman had to make a ruling.

The ruling was that no one would get to sit between the benches, so all three networks lost.

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Numbers Keep Rising For Cammalleri

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the midst of the mayhem that is playoff hockey, Mike Cammalleri is an island of order.

Look at his sticks and they are neatly numbered. He’s up to 85 on the season now.

Look at his skates and they, too, are numbered. He’s on pair No. 7 now.

Not superstitious, just ordered.

“Now I know these are No. 7s, so I don’t mix up this right one with a left one that’s not, you know what I mean? It’s that simple,” he said. “I’ll score a goal with a stick, and if the other one feels better the next period, I’ll use it. It’s all feel.”

If you went to his condominium, there would be order there, too.

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Meeting Jean Beliveau

from Peter McGuire of the Telegraph-Journal,

Through more connections, John Correia also was able to book a table at a private restaurant known as 9-4-10, named in honour of three of the all-time great Canadiens - Maurice (The Rocket) Richard, Beliveau, and Guy Lafleur.

Only season-ticket holders, members and invited guests are permitted inside. John Correia’s friend, Louis Nicoletti, a long-time season-ticket holder, was able to finangle a table for them prior to the game.

We’re talking exclusive company here….

And over to Beliveau’s table they went.

“When I stood at the table, there was a feeling that you were in the company of royalty. There was an aura. I could sense his charisma, and his big, soft, beautiful smile,” McCarron said. “As soon as he gave me that, I moved right in. I’m like a five-year-old at this point.

“I said, ‘Mr. Beliveau, I’ve been a fan of yours for 55 years. Every Saturday night in my household it was B B B - beans, bass and Beliveau. I laid on the floor of the TV room and waited for you to come on TV.”

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