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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.”

read on

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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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Doing Anything For A Win

from Graeme Hamilton of the National Post,

When your team is deep into the NHL playoffs, little things can make the difference between victory and defeat. Things like financial advisor Bobby Lanctot shedding his cursed Carey Price jersey and wearing the vintage white one to cheer on the Canadiens. Or waiter Joe Hayward travelling from Fredericton to Montreal’s Bell Centre and improving his playoff record to seven Habs’ victories, zero defeats in games he has watched. Or aerospace worker Maureen Cowie, watching the game in solitude at home, reciting lines from the inspirational speech that spurred the 1980 U.S. Olympic team to victory.

Our brains tell us that the outcome of games is up to the players alone, but our hearts sense otherwise. Devoted hockey fans, like those of other sports, can’t shake the belief that their actions might influence the outcome of the game. Where they sit, what they wear, even how their toddler is dressed are game-day decisions as crucial as the coach’s starting lineup.


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Canadiens Have Their Chance Today

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens are playing their 100th game of the season this afternoon, only four fewer than the number they had to play when they won their last Stanley Cup 17 seasons ago.

I mention this only because No. 100 is more important than all of the previous 99.

Win, and life is grand, because the Canadiens would return to Philadelphia with the Eastern Conference final locked up 2-2 and a real chance to get to their first Cup final since 1993, The Year of Patrick Roy.

Lose, and despite the team’s stunning heroics coming back as they did against Washington and Pittsburgh, they’re on a slippery slope down 3-1 in the series.

Worse, they’re returning to the City of Brotherly Tough Love, where they failed to score even once during the first two games.


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Montreal Targets Pronger

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Canadiens, with their city not just relieved but infused with a new sense of confidence that a Stanley Cup final berth is still possible, finally have their target.

He’s a 6-foot-6 piece of nasty and a future hall of famer, which makes him a big, imposing target.

But the Habs were clearly able to get to Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger in a resounding Game 3 triumph, catching Pronger on the ice for four of their five goals.

The Canadiens, it’s fair to say, have flourished this spring when they’ve been able to build their game plan around one member of the opposition and also give their home fans a specific player to boo. Against Washington, it was Alex Ovechkin. Against Pittsburgh, it was Sidney Crosby.


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Carcillo Feels Disrespected

from the CP at TSN,

Losing to the Montreal Canadiens was bad enough for Philadelphia Flyers agitator Daniel Carcillo. Seeing Michael Cammalleri stick out his tongue at him following a skirmish was over the top.

If that is the way the Canadiens want to play, Carcillo is up for the challenge. One day after their 5-1 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, the Flyers got back to work.

Being disrespected by Cammalleri is another thing Carcillo and his teammates intend to use as a rallying point when they hit the ice again Saturday for Game 4. Philadelphia will be trying to take a 3-1 series lead back home for Game 5 on Monday.

Carcillo was still bothered Friday by Cammalleri’s actions that occurred when a linesman broke up a shoving match between the two late in the second period while the Canadiens led 3-0.

“It’s embarrassing,” Carcillo said. “We could maybe keep that in the pit of our stomach (Saturday) for a little extra motivation.”


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