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Now What Guy

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.

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Canadiens Can’t Beat Biron

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.

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It’s All About Goaltending

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.

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Halak Starting For Habs

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.

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No Choice But Price

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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Channeling the Spirit of Kate Smith

imageFrom Andrew Lupton at the National Post,

More than 20 years after her death, the Philadelphia Flyers continue to channel the spirit of singer Kate Smith.

Born in 1907, Smith was a famous broadway, stage and radio singer whose name became synonymous with the song God Bless America after she sung it to glowing reviews on Armistice Day in 1938.

continued explaining the story of why Kate Smith’s performance was resurrected by film at Wachovia Center last night.  And here’s a video of one of her Philly performances, prior to the 1974 Stanley Cup.

 

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  Tags: kate+smith, nhl+history, superstitions, wachovia+center

Not The Same Price

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Just throwing this out there, but do you think Price might have an injury to his catching hand? Either that or maybe he’s breaking in a new catching glove and it’s not going well at all. In any event, Price appears to have forgotten how to keep the puck in his glove and his rebound control has gone out the window, as well.

Canadiens apologists can talk all they want about how Price, perhaps, didn’t have a clear view of the Flyers’ first two goals, but the fact remains the Canadiens are simply not getting the kind of goaltending they need to win this or any other playoff series. You outshoot a team 34-14 and all your goalie has to do is not lose the game for you. Price lost the game for the Canadiens, simple as that.

Of course, he’s not alone in accepting blame for the Canadiens troubles, since the passenger car seems to be accepting more and more occupants as the playoffs go on.

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Flyers Facing More Than One Opponent

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Derian Hatcher has arguably been the Flyers’ best defenseman in the playoffs. If not, then Kimmo Timonen has. So far in this series with Montreal, we have seen a sucker punch with intent to injure on Timonen go unpunished, and in last night’s harrowing 3-2 Flyers victory, we watched Hatcher get thrown out of the third period of a playoff game for a boarding penalty that occurred almost simultaneously with Tomas Plekanec’s blatant attempt to injure the Flyers’ R.J. Umberger by taking out his knees away from the puck….

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for tomorrow night.

This series is just three games old, and already there is way too much circumstantial evidence to support the perennial theorem embraced in the lower 48 at this time of year.

Namely, that Canada looks out for its own.

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Update 1:53pm ET (from Alanah): With a hat-tip to Orland Kurtenblog for reminding me of this video.  (Us Canadians are so sneaky and conniving… watch out!). smile

 

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Biron Embraces the Moment

From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Watching Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Martin Biron embrace the moment is one of the best stories of these NHL playoffs. He embodies the axiom about the value of the journey over the destination. And while the Stanley Cup dream is the ultimate, Biron’s career-long anticipation of his first postseason action in the NHL makes him a prime example of the wait giving weight—as in richness—to the moment.

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Escalating the War of Words

From CBC,

Kostopoulos earned a two-minute roughing minor on the play, but the war of words has escalated ever since.

“Kostopoulos, he’s a tough kid and I’ve got a lot of respect for him and [Steve] Bégin,” Philadelphia head coach John Stevens said. “But to go up and blindside sucker Kimmo Timonen on a play at the end there, that’s cowardly, in my opinion.”

Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau has been anything but quiet about the criticism of his player.

“That’s one team that shouldn’t talk,” Carbonneau said of Stevens’s comments. “They played 82 games and had the most suspensions in the league.”

And over at the Philadelphia Daily News, Rich Hofmann also expects things to get nastier in this series, citing this quote from Carbonneau:

“I think [Timonen]  deserved it.  That’s why they didn’t call any (major) penalties on it.”

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