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Habs Magic Coming To An End?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It sure seems like the magic has evaporated in a hurry for the Canadiens. Maybe a trip back to Canada will bring it back. Maybe being giant underdogs was a better fit for them.

But suddenly Cammalleri can’t score, Jaroslav Halak can’t make enough stops and P.K. Subban is looking like a rookie.

And the Canadiens are heading to Game 3 on Thursday night with their season on the line at the Bell Centre.

“I don’t feel the heat,” said Cammalleri after a 3-0 defeat in Game 2. “I feel like it’s time to go home and play some hockey.”

The Habs, seemingly blessed by fortune for the past month, are now themselves faced with a surging playoff opponent that can do almost no wrong.


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Cammalleri Talks After Game 2

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

His team has failed to score and is 0-for-8 on the power play, but he swears his confidence is not wavering as the series shifts to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Cammalleri spoke with the media after his team’s latest loss.

Q: Do you feel you guys are generating enough chances?

Cammalleri: “We probably generated more than them tonight. That’s sports, man. That’s how it goes. Sometimes they don’t go in like you’d like them to. But we live to fight another day.”

Q: You guys clearly outplayed in the first period and were outshooting them 2-to-1. Are you creating enough traffic in front of Leighton?

Cammalleri: “He’s played well for them and they’ve done some things well. I’m not going to say they haven’t. Tonight, I thought we did a lot better job. I thought we were pretty good. We created some good chances and had some Grade-A type scoring chances where we’d like to finish. I don’t know really what else to say about that. We just keep going here and get ‘em at home.”


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What Would Happen If The Glass Wasn’t There?

Hal Gill being heckled by a Flyers fan during the pre-game tonight.

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Open Post- Game 2 ECF Montreal/Philadelphia

Can Montreal bounce back from a bad loss in game 1?

Can they find a way to generate some offense and figure out a way to stop the Flyers forwards from crashing the net?

Puck drops just after 7:00pm on Versus, CBC and RDS.

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Better Offense And Defense On Montreal’s Mind

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The Habs are cognizant that they will have to provide more pep offensively, and find a way to neutralize the Flyers’ desire to drive hard to the net.

“Sharp is the word for me . . . we just need to be a lot sharper in all aspects of the game,” said winger Michael Cammalleri, who was held to just one shot in game one, and noted he and his teammates lacked discipline in all facets: on the fore-check, in the faceoff circle, in the defensive zone, in the offensive zone and in the penalty department..

The Canadiens were relaxed and smiling in a pre-game skate that had them practicing breakouts – a key to frustrating Philadelphia’s fore-check – and crowding the net, which the Flyers did to devastating effect in their 6-0 blowout in game one.


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Questions Before Game 2

Is there one player you believe needs to step up in the conference finals?

Burnside: Patrick Marleau had two game-winning goals against Detroit in the West semifinals, but he still has only three this postseason. For a player who had 44 goals during the regular season, he’ll need to once again shake the playoff monkey off his back if the Sharks are going to advance to their first Cup finals.

LeBrun: I want to see more from Marian Hossa. He’s been good, but not great. Two goals in 12 playoff games doesn’t cut it, not for a guy making $7.9 million a year.

more questions then answers from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Observations After Game 1 Of Conference Finals

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

• How hot are the Flyers right now? Going back to Game 7 against Boston, the Flyers have now scored 10 unanswered goals (four against the Bruins, six against the Canadiens in Game 1 on Sunday). According to our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest streak of its kind in a single postseason since 1987, when the Flyers scored 11 straight goals over a three-game period against the New York Rangers and Islanders. Philly went on to lose to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals.

• Another indication of the kind of playoff baggage the San Jose Sharks are lugging around this spring as they try to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history? The horrors of home.

The Sharks have never won a home game in the conference finals. In their only other appearance (against the Calgary Flames in 2004), they managed to lose all three home games. With their Game 1 loss Sunday against Chicago, the streak now stands at four.


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A Pond Hockey Type Game

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

By the end, Ville Leino said, “It was pond hockey out there.”

Up and down the ice, a nifty drop pass here, a booming shot there, everyone in orange-and-black, it seemed anyway, hacking away at a puck as if there were two boots placed 6 feet from each other, not two metal pipes.

The ease by which the Flyers won last night, a 6-0 victory over Montreal in Game 1 of this Eastern Conference final series, may even have obscured its significance in the long run.


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Where Were The Refs?

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

After outlasting the mighty Washington Capitals, and sending Sidney Crosby and his vintage whine back to Cole Harbour, the Canadiens deserve something better than to be run over by a team given carte blanche to play hockey the way Bobby Clarke did.

See Valeri Kharlamov, Bobby? Go break his ankle.

That’s Flyers hockey. Always has been, always will be. That’s the way they played it last night, tumbling over Halak to the point where you almost wished for the return of the toe-in-the-crease rule. Or for Halak to be replaced by Carey Price, which is what happened. At least Price is large….

But if the referees (we believe there were referees working last night’s game, although it wasn’t always obvious) are going to allow Philadelphia to bully Halak and the Habs out of the playoffs, before this ends in a pile of broken bones, we should pay tribute to the one man who is responsible for the Canadiens extending their season well into May.

Despite the revisionist historians, the man who deserves the accolades is Halak, not Bob Gainey. Had Gainey been in charge after Game 4 of the Washington series, when the critical decision was made to go back to Halak rather than sticking with Price, you know the nod would have gone the other way.


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Pronger At His Best

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Sunday evening, at 35 and long since filled out to 220 pounds, he stood as the Broad Street Bully, a player whose success, or lack of success, against the small and swift Montreal Canadiens could well be the deciding factor in this Eastern Conference final.

This night it was all success.

Pronger made his opening statement instantly, taking down Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri, the leading goal scorer (12) of these Stanley Cup playoffs at the 1:13 mark. His was the first name to go on the scoresheet: two minutes for cross-checking.

“We want to play physical on every play,” he said at the end of this 6-0 destruction of the Montreal offence.

Pronger sent a second signal early in the second, pounding Montreal’s Mathieu Darche to the ice for daring to chase a puck that was bouncing dangerously close to Flyers netminder Michael Leighton


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