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More Than Just A Game In Montreal

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette at NHL.com,

For Montrealers, hockey always has been more than just a game. It is our hopes, our dreams, our culture, our national identity.

Nowhere has it been played with more success and more passion. Nowhere does it elicit more joy from its audiences. When the Canadiens win, the fans win. When the Canadiens lose, they lose.

Once, the team was the blinding speed of a Howie Morenz. It was a Maurice Richard sweeping in on a goaltender whenever there was a game to be won. It was the grace of Jean Beliveau, the brilliance of Doug Harvey, the booming shot of Bernie Geoffrion, the finesse of Dickie Moore and the Hall of Fame excellence of Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Bob Gainey and so many others.

How many treasured memories have they delivered to generations not only of Canadiens fans, but to Canadians across the land—and elsewhere? How much joy did they bring? How many hearts did they break—particularly among visiting teams?

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Act Like You’ve Been There Before

from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,

They filled the bars. They cheered wildly. They believed, and after it was over, they poured out on their city’s streets to celebrate their victory. Car horns honked. Flags were waved, and lampposts were climbed. It was madness, sweet madness, and the fan delirium in Montreal on Wednesday night was all because of a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals ... in the first round of the playoffs.

So, this is how it is these days in the city of hockey champions.

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Feeling Humble

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

To fall short so early in the process this year is quite humbling.

But my personality and outlook on life is thus “if it doesn’t kill you–it will make you stronger”.

We won’t do anything rash or make any decisions out of emotional angst. We will collect our thoughts. We will be energized by our failure. We will seek to improve. We will be diligent in our research and we won’t deviate from our plan. We still intend to build around our core.

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Also from Ted,

We lost. But Montreal won. They deserve respect and congratulations for a well played series.

They played committed hockey, they sacrificed, and they out worked us. I have never seen better D and more blocked shots in a playoff series. I think they blocked as many shots as we took last night. Another stat I had never seen before.

Their goal tending ended up being better than our goal tending.

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Morning Line

We’re not sure the playoffs are a better place this morning, with the highly entertaining Washington Capitals packing their gear and the shot-blocking Habs game-planning on how now to grind the Pittsburgh Penguins to a halt. But everyone loves a No. 8 seed — and we do too.

Pittsburgh has played the maximum nine rounds over the past three post-seasons. They’re ripe, and the Canadiens are hot. We’ll take the Habs in seven.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where more hockey topics are discussed.

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Hail To The Habs, Fail To The Caps

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The challenge is to assign the correct amount of responsibility to both the conquerors and the conquered.

Do you praise the valiant Montreal Canadiens for a remarkable and historic playoff comeback?

Or do you analytically dismember the Washington Capitals for not only blowing a 3-1 series lead, but for falling flat on their faces in the first round of the playoffs after dominating the league during the regular season?

A share of both is probably fair. Maybe the fact that the Habs have all that wonderful history and all those Stanley Cups and the Caps have precious little of the former and none of the latter factored into a result that few anticipated.

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It Wasn’t Just Goaltending That Beat Washington

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

There are going to be a lot of people who say the Montreal Canadiens upset over the Washington Capitals was just a goaltender getting hot, but that does a disservice to a lot of other players on the Canadiens.

In particular, big Hal Gill with his Stanley Cup pedigree from the Pittsburgh Penguins and little Josh Gorges, who teamed up top be absolutely tremendous in a lot of different areas.

Gill and Gorges were terrific on the penalty kill, helping the Canadiens hold the most vaunted power play unit in the league to only one goal on 33 power play attempts.

They did a very good job, along with the rest of the Canadiens, at taking Alexander Ovechkin out of the games, playing almost a man-on-man with him then playing four-on-three on the rest of the power play.

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Montreal Fans Take To The Streets

from Sidhartha Banerjee of the CP at News880,

Following an improbable, come-from-behind seven game series win against a far superior opponent, Montreal Canadiens fans couldn’t help but put their faith in a little divine intervention. Fans were in a frenzy following Wednesday’s razor thin 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Thousands spilled out of bars cheering and hooting, dancing in the streets and snarling traffic in the downtown core.

“Go Habs Go!” chants could be heard for blocks between car horn blasts and the “Ole! Ole!” war cry.

And they were toasting the man who has brought their hockey team - the unheralded Canadiens - a Game 7 victory, ousting the much-favoured Washington Capitals.

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Greatest Upset In Playoff History?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Now that the Montreal Canadiens have vanquished the best team in the NHL’s 2009-10 regular season, the question is whether or not this is the greatest playoff upset of all time.

The answer is entirely subjective, of course, and the Canadiens have a few other upsets in their history, aside from last night’s big win over the Washington Capitals, to throw into the argument.

Thanks to goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s heroics, the most common comparison is to the 1971 shocker, when Habs relied on rookie goaltender Ken Dryden to knock off the first-place Boston Bruins and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

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Capitals Loss To Montreal Means 5-8 Seeds In The East Move On

Top four seeds in the Eastern Conference have now been eliminated.

added 9:40pm, Kill me, how could I forget about the Pens as the fourth seed.

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Another Game 7 - Another KK Poll

If Montreal wins, they will play Pittsburgh in the conference semifinals. 

If Washington wins, they will face Philadelphia in round 2.

update: Can’t get much closer than this so I am moving it to the top of KK so we can see if the voting will sway in one direction or will it remain tight until game time.

When moved to the top of page, there were 389 votes with 51% saying Montreal will win.

Original post time was 8:45am.

added 7:10pm, When the puck dropped, the voting was 344 Montreal, 340 Washington.

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