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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”

read on

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Black & Gold With Red Accents

from KDKA,

As the Canadiens return to Mellon Arena to take on the Penguins in Game 5, many of their faithful fans followed them.

Plenty of red Habs jerseys were spotted among a sea of black, gold and powder blue Penguins jerseys filing into the Igloo….

...some Pens fans aren’t impressed by the Habs fans’ presence.

“They’re getting kind of cocky and annoying to me,” a Pittsburgh fan said. “They seem too cocky.”

“They should go home – they need to go home,” added another Pens fan at the big screen outside Gate 3.


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Canadiens Have That Winning Feeling

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Common sense dictates that the Penguins still remain favourites to move on with two of the three remaining games in Pittsburgh. The Canadiens know it, but playing away from home hasn’t been a problem for them, as they demonstrated by winning three of four in Washington.

That was then and this is now. Still, is their success on the road why the Canadiens were celebrating so long and hard after Thursday’s surprising win?

Have they now reached the point where they are certain in their own minds they will be celebrating twice more in this series - and beyond?


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