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One Team Will Go Home Tomorrow Knowing They Had A Shot At The Cup

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Game 7 in Pittsburgh looms as a 50/50 proposition, something that not only would not have been imagined at the start of the series, but perhaps not even halfway through. Even at 2-2, there was a sense that while the Habs were hanging in there, the Pens were the better team and would ultimately prevail.

That, however, has changed over the past two games. The Pens won Game 5 largely on the basis of Marc-Andre Fleury’s netminding, the formula the Canadiens had been using. In Game 6, the Pittsburgh blue line corps was repeatedly found wanting, exposing a vulnerability created by the salary cap-related losses of both Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi from last year’s championship team.

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The Bell Centre Experience

from Dan Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Not sure what commercial you were watching at home or what else you might have been doing during this particular pause for a cause at 10:58 of the second period in Monday’s Eastern Conference semi-final between the Habs and Penguins, but 21,273 at the Bell Centre were going absolutely bonkers.

The three-minute screaming ovation that came after Mike Cammalleri’s second goal of the night was repaid by the Habs, who pulled into a 3-2 lead on Jaroslav Spacek’s perfect shot 2:17 later. From there, they would never look back.

If an NHL audience has ever been louder than the one that lifted the Habs into their second Game 7 against a vastly superior team, no one we checked with on press row can remember when.

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Below, check out the last minute of play from a fans view.  The noise continues to grow…

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What Happens When Two Teams Of Destiny Play?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We have known the Pittsburgh Penguins to be a team of destiny. And we have seen what a team of destiny can do, winning twice on the road in Game 7s last spring, including the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.

But does destiny have a best-before date? Does destiny run out, fade away? If so, have we seen just that before our very eyes?

What happens, for instance, when the Penguins meet another team with destiny on its mind in a one-game, winner-take-all showdown?

In the wake of the Montreal Canadiens’ stirring 4-3 win in Game 6 here Monday night, their third straight win in an elimination game this spring, we are about to find out.

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Canadiens Believe They Can Win The Series

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Pure emotional fury. Funnelled through an ear-splitting tunnel of sound.

It was that — and not the one-man-against-the-world heroism of goaltender Jaroslav Halak this time — that permitted the Montreal Canadiens to stare down elimination for the fourth time in these Stanley Cup playoffs, a different script to achieve yet another unlikely result.

It should be understood that at approximately the 28-minute mark of Game 6 on Monday night at the Bell Centre, the Habs stopped being the rope-a-dope team, the team hoping to somehow get enough saves out of Halak and enough fortuitous bounces to win, and instead became the better team.

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Habs Defeat Penguins To Set Up A Game 7 In Pittsburgh

First the Canadiens defeated the President’s Trophy Winner Washington Capitals and now have taken the defending Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins to a game 7.

What will happen on Wednesday night?

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Stay Classy Montreal

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

An open letter to male Montrealers, ages 15 to 25, whose idea of a good time involves wreaking havoc in the downtown core:

Dear Dimwits,

There will be a hockey game tonight at the Bell Centre. The Montreal Canadiens trail their Eastern Conference semi-final three games to two and face elimination at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In other words - and there’s a need to simplify when addressing this demographic - Game 6 could be the last of the long 2009-10 season.

There’s also a chance the Cinderella Kids could rally to set up Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Depending on its outcome, the conclusion of the game will send dejected or euphoric fans spilling out of the Bell Centre. Chants of “Go Habs go!” will echo for a while, then almost everyone will go home.

If you are thinking of lingering to mourn or celebrate by rocking a few cars and breaking many bottles, a word to the less-than-wise:

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Josh Gorges Feature On HNIC

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC did a wonder piece on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges last night.

Watch the Inside Hockey video…

With that, I am off to Mother’s Day dinner.  Should return by 6:00pm.

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Is This The End Of The Canadiens Playoff Run?

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

The ice melted to springtime thin beneath the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, just as Sergei Gonchar’s second-period snapshot kissed the mesh behind goalie Jaroslav Halak.

No big deal, you’ll reasonably suggest — the Canadiens rallied from 3-1, then 3-2 deficits in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series to tie, then eliminate the Washington Capitals, the best team in the National Hockey League’s regular season.

That is so. But the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canadiens’ semifinal opponent, aren’t the Capitals. They are playing with a greater purpose; they are more a team than a swashbuckling band of individuals; and as of Saturday night, they have what appears to be an awakened Evgeni Malkin.

The Penguins’ 2-1 victory at Mellon Arena tilts this series sharply in Pittsburgh’s direction. And it offers their opponent yet another taste of a seemingly endless diet of desperation.

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Penguins Get Physical

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

...I will remember the crunching hit Penguins forward Craig Adams delivered on Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges late in the first period. I also will remember Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sending Montreal defenseman Hal Gill flying a few minutes earlier with a shoulder check even though he’s 8 inches shorter and 41 pounds lighter than Gill The Giant.

Playoff hockey.

Physical hockey.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

“I thought our physicality set the tone early on,” said Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, who qualifies as an expert on the subject. He leads his team in these playoffs with 47 hits. He had five more Saturday night in a game the Penguins held a 35-23 edge in hits.

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Fleury Strong In Net In Penguins Win Over Montreal

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

In a rather dull game by NHL playoff standards, the Penguins managed to edge the Canadiens 2-1 by getting just enough traffic in front of goaltender Jaroslav Halak and by riding the hot hand of their own goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury. He turned in his best game of the playoffs to frustrate the Canadiens as the Penguins took a 3-2 lead in the second-round series. The Penguins can move on to the Eastern Conference final if they beat the Canadiens in Montreal on Monday night in Game 6.

Fleury had been overshadowed in the series by Halak’s wizardry, as the Penguins outshot the Canadiens in three of the five games so far, something he acknowledged after the game.

“It felt good to have some shots and make some saves,” said Fleury, who faced 33 shots. “I felt useful tonight, you know, to do something. I was doing something, not just standing there”

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