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It’s A Series Now Between Montreal And Vegas

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Well… What do we have here?

That fourth-place team from the ultra-weak Canadian Division that was going to get swept by the Vegas Golden Knights?

Ya, they’re heading home with home-ice advantage after winning Game 2 by a 3-2 score, proving to the hockey world that, yes, the Montreal Canadiens can play with the Golden Knights.

“Those people who said we were going to sweep,” dismissed Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer, “are the same people who said that Colorado was going to sweep us.”

One of hockey’s more accurate quips has always been, “A series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game.”

On Tuesday evening in Las Vegas this series got whittled down to a best-of-five, with the Canadiens stealing home-ice advantage. All of which doesn’t surprise the veteran Golden Knights coach.

“You don’t get to the Final Four without knowing that this is going to be a battle,” DeBoer said post-game. “If it takes overtime and seven games, then it takes overtime and seven games. You just want to make sure you move on.

“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy — we have a tremendous amount of respect for their hockey team. They’ve beaten two very good teams to get here, and won a lot of games,” he concluded. “We’re in a better spot than we were last series after two games (down 2-0 to Colorado). We’ll go into Montreal and look to win a game.”


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MurrayChadwick's avatar

Well now if we’re being fair… Did they prove they could play, or did Vegas hit umpteen posts and miss some glorious scoring chances, cause if every game in this series goes like that last night, lady luck won’t always be shinning down upon Montreal, and that’s the one’s that got by a tremendous goaltending performance by Price.

Montreal will need to use their home ice and actual outplay LVGK if they want to be in this series.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 06/17/21 at 08:07 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Well… What do we have here?

That fourth-place team from the ultra-weak Canadian Division that was going to get swept by the Vegas Golden Knights?

I f***ing hate this narrative.  Hate it.  I am sticking with VGK to win this series, but anyone counting out the Habs is a dimwit, idiot, and a dummy.  Ducharme is proving himself an NHL-quality coach with his adjustments and bench management.  The Habs are playing for him and it’s refreshing.

Having said that, Go Vegas.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 06/17/21 at 12:41 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Surprised, but I figure Vegas will prevail in the end. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 06/17/21 at 06:39 PM ET

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