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Looting In Montreal

from CTV,

But within hours, the mood on the streets turned ugly as people wearing masks taunted police, started looting along Ste-Catherine Street and confrontations erupted.

“There were a few people that—some with masks, by the way—police believe were organized,” said Luft, describing the problems on the streets.

“They started throwing bottles, they started looting stores downtown…and the riot police had to move in.”

Police used tear gas to dispel the mob that remained Thursday morning, using batons to prod people along.

At least 32 people were arrested and two police officers were injured.

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added 8:38am, Another story on this topic at the Toronto Star.

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Montreal Continues Their Run

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

This is Montreal’s first trip to a conference final since it won the Stanley Cup in 1993, the last time a team based in Canada won an NHL championship. Now Canada has another team to get behind with the Habs reaching the final four.

“I would think the whole country would probably be pushing a little bit (for us) and should we win tonight, we’ll probably get a pretty good rallying cry from the whole country,” Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri before the game.

Sure, there are worldly explanations for what happened here or really, what the Habs have been doing throughout a post-season in which they knocked off Washington, the NHL’s top regular-season team, and now the defending Stanley Cup champs, both in seven games.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh’s two scoring powers, could produce little in this series. Looking as if they might be tired after two runs to the Cup final — with an Olympics squeezed in there as well — each could manage only one goal in these seven games against Montreal.

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Habs Going For Number 25

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A New Stanley Cup Champion Will Be Crowned This Season - Montreal Defeats Pittsburgh

Montreal moves on to face the winner of the Boston/Philadelphia series while Pittsburgh packs up their gear.

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Open Post- Habs vs. Pens

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

I say Penguins win in a blowout or Canadiens win in regulation in a low scoring game.

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Setting The Stage For Game 7

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

So here we are back in Steeltown, dear friends, a badly underestimated destination and home of the most charmingly decrepit arena in the NHL.

We love all things rustic, don’t get us wrong – and there are some wonderful touches to this old barn, like the “Flood like a champion tonight” signs next to the Zambonis – but this place takes things to a new level….

Herewith, a few observations from practice: when the Pens came out for their morning skate (they were up first at 10:30), they found an extra veteran on the ice.

It was Vladimir Malkin, a shorter, balder version of his superstar son Evgeni, who was shimmying around in his leather jacket a pair of pointy black street shoes and whipping passes back and forth with Maxime Talbot.

The elder Malkin, who once played for Russian team Magnitogorsk, hammed it up with the players as they came out, firing shots at the net from bad angles.

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Talking Montreal/Pittsburgh

Scott Burnside of ESPN checks-in from Pittsburgh and discusses game 7.

Also, read about it here.

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Game 7 KK Poll

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Bell Centre Sold Out For Game In Pittsburgh

MONTREAL – Hockey fever rose another notch Tuesday when Canadiens fans showed their enthusiasm and support for their team by purchasing all available tickets to watch the 7th and decisive game of the Montreal Canadiens - Pittsburgh Penguins series on the Bell Centre’s giant HD screens.

Over 20,000 tickets quickly vanished as the lucky ticket holders anxiously await all the excitement of this event which is arguably the most important moment in the history if team since its Stanley Cup championship in 1993. Clearly more than ever before, we are Canadiens.

The Montreal Canadiens and evenko jointly announced that all profits from the event will benefit the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation.

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Key On Cammalleri?

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

“When you get this far into a series,” Sidney Crosby said, “you pretty much know what you need to do.”

So how come, do you think, Canadiens left winger Michael Cammalleri keeps popping open in the Penguins’ defensive zone like a crazed jack-in-the-box, keeps scoring on the rush, time after time, six games into this series and 13 into a postseason in which his 11 goals lead all scorers?

Could it be he’s not being paid the proper attention?

“No,” Crosby said. “We’re all aware of his skill, his speed and everything that he creates. He’s got a great shot. He makes the most of his chances. It’s not a lack of effort or of not knowing where he is. He’s just executing well.”

So well, in fact, that if the Penguins’ season ends tonight, you won’t have to call in CSI Blawnox to establish the identity of the likely executioner. Not only is Cammalleri constantly getting free in the neutral zone and exploding up ice, he is burying more than 23 percent of his shots, the best percentage among the postseason’s top 20 scorers.

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