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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
As it turned out, the people who turned that night into a faux Stanley Cup parade knew what they were doing, since the local heroes weren’t going to get any closer to a championship this time around.
Against the Flyers, they were outworked, outmuscled in their own end, out goaltended to a significant degree, and outlucked.
“I believe in kharma sometimes,” Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said afterwards. “You have to be lucky to win the Stanley Cup. You need a good team, you need good players, but you also need those breaks on your side. The way they played against us — well, hopefully they have some left.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The Montreal Canadiens regular-season success meant nothing in the playoffs.
Unable to get on track against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round of the playoffs, the Canadiens suffered their fourth defeat in a row — this time 6-4 — and were eliminated in five games.
Tied at 4-4 late in the third period, Scottie Upshall put the Flyers ahead with three minutes and four seconds remaining in the game on a deflection goal off a Jeff Carter shot. Mike Knuble checked in with an insurance empty-net goal in the final minute.
added 10:49pm, Watch Flyers coach John Stevens in his post game press conference via TSN...
Watch game highlights below…
Montreal police say they are ready for any excessive celebration Saturday night as the Canadiens take to the ice in Game 5 of their NHL playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Officers have been surfing the internet, looking through chat groups on social networking sites such as Facebook for any would-be rioters.
Police want to prevent a repeat of the chaos that followed the Habs’ April 21 game when they won their first-round series against the Boston Bruins in Game 7.
Fans took to the streets after the game to celebrate the Canadiens’ performance but the partying got out of hand when vandals attacked police cars, setting several on fire, and broke into stores on St-Catherine Street.
An anti-riot Habs fan group was created on Facebook that night, and its creator said pro-riot subscribers have since posted messages on the page.
Guy Carbonneau is going back to Carey Price.
The Montreal Canadiens coach told CBC Sports Friday that he will start Price in net for the Habs when they host the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Saturday
On The Hockey Show hosted by the NHL Network Online, hockey fanatic Scott Ferrall encounters the heated rivalry between Flyers and Canadiens fans. Video is below.
Also, while I’m on the subject of the NHL Network Online, I contacted their technical people this week with a request for more information being made available to those who are encountering technical problems viewing the material. They were working on it already, but responded quickly by letting me know they put this FAQ page up. It’s a work in progress, but at least it will help troubleshoot some issues when accessing the available media on different computer systems.
Anyway, back to the video…
from the 2008 Stanley Cup Blog at CBC,
Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau has painted himself into a dilemma with his decision to start Jaroslav Halak in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Halak played well, and when you consider the circumstances under which he was making his first career playoff start, he was exceptional.
The game was played in about as hostile an environment as you will ever see with 19,872 orange-clad Flyers fans hurling obscenities in his direction at the Wachovia Center, and the Canadiens were in desperate need of a victory to knot up the series at two games apiece.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
It’s frustrating, obviously,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. “We just lost three games and I can’t sit there with the coaching staff and try to change things or the way we play tactically. We are playing great. We have scoring chances and we don’t give too much, but we lost the game. Biron is on top of his game right now. Whether he’s lucky or good or extremely good, he is making the saves . . .
“I’ve played with one guy that made those kind of saves that were silly sometimes.”
He means Ed Belfour back when Carbonneau won a Stanley Cup with Dallas, and silly is just the perfect word for it. He’s right. His team has not played badly, not at all. Their greatest fault lies in their attempts to be too perfect, too pinpoint, trying to be too impossible for Biron to stop.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
“Habs,” read a sign raised after the Flyers scored into the empty net, “it’s over!”
Well, not officially. There remains the fifth game, which now becomes a true “must win” situation for Montreal.
Halak or Price? Price or Halak? Halak or Price? …
It really doesn’t matter, it appears, quite so much as those Montreal players not wearing the big pads getting pucks past the big pads at the other end.
via Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens have announced that Jaroslav Halak will start in goal tonight in Game 4.
It will be the first career playoff start for the 22-year-old from Bratislava, who played 19 minutes in Monday’s Game 3 in relief of Carey Price, stopping both shots he faced.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Head coach Guy Carbonneau said he won’t reveal the name of his starting goaltender until game time tonight, but Carey Price will be back in goal when the Canadiens face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Carbonneau has little choice as the Canadiens hope to avoid falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. While Price has not played well in the three games against the Flyers - he has a 3.79 goals-against average and an .853 save percentage - the Canadiens have to look at the big picture.
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