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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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Evening Line

“I can feel the desire in the Canadiens players.  Everyone is working his hardest and the team is performing very well, especially considering all the injuries they have faced.

“I don’t think Pittsburgh wanted a seventh game. I played quite a few and the stress is something very special. It’s not handled the same by each player and I believe the Canadiens have put the pressure back on the Penguins.

“What a great job (coach) Jacques Martin has done, finding solutions.”

-Hall of Fame member Jean Beliveau.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at Faceoff.com.

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One Team Will Go Home Tomorrow Knowing They Had A Shot At The Cup

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Game 7 in Pittsburgh looms as a 50/50 proposition, something that not only would not have been imagined at the start of the series, but perhaps not even halfway through. Even at 2-2, there was a sense that while the Habs were hanging in there, the Pens were the better team and would ultimately prevail.

That, however, has changed over the past two games. The Pens won Game 5 largely on the basis of Marc-Andre Fleury’s netminding, the formula the Canadiens had been using. In Game 6, the Pittsburgh blue line corps was repeatedly found wanting, exposing a vulnerability created by the salary cap-related losses of both Hal Gill and Rob Scuderi from last year’s championship team.

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The Bell Centre Experience

from Dan Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Not sure what commercial you were watching at home or what else you might have been doing during this particular pause for a cause at 10:58 of the second period in Monday’s Eastern Conference semi-final between the Habs and Penguins, but 21,273 at the Bell Centre were going absolutely bonkers.

The three-minute screaming ovation that came after Mike Cammalleri’s second goal of the night was repaid by the Habs, who pulled into a 3-2 lead on Jaroslav Spacek’s perfect shot 2:17 later. From there, they would never look back.

If an NHL audience has ever been louder than the one that lifted the Habs into their second Game 7 against a vastly superior team, no one we checked with on press row can remember when.

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Below, check out the last minute of play from a fans view.  The noise continues to grow…

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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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