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People always talk about a year, but what a difference a week makes. A week ago, Canadian teams were 5-0. Now, both are facing elimination.
The Montreal Canadiens may hit the ice tomorrow minus James Wisniewski and David Desharnais, two offensive spark plugs who have been solid these playoffs. 2010 saw the Habs go 5-1 in elimination games. Can they do it again?
You might say the Habs have the Bruins right where they want them.
Carey Price borrows a very apt phrase from the Boston Red Sox. Time to get back to business.
Easter Holidays and family fun are getting in the way of regular blogging this weekend, so a very brief synopsis of tonight’s game:
It was. More trouble that anyone expected, especially given the energy of the Bell Centre crowd. But, the Bruins had over 100 points, and we all knew they weren’t going to lie down and call it a day. They’re rough, they’re mean, and we’ve got a series.
So what next? I’ll venture a guess that what we saw from Montreal in the second and third on Monday is exactly what we’ll see come Thursday.But, and here’s a recurring theme: it all comes down to Carey Price.
Carey Price is cool as a cucumber. PK Subban is all business. These two, along with Mike Cammalleri, Hal Gill, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez, are the reasons Montreal has a 2-0 series lead.
The forgotten reason? Coach Jacques Martin.
Habs-Bruins game two goes at 7 tonight. No lineup changes expect for Les Canadiens, who stifled the Bruins offence in a 2-0 win on Thursday night.
As I see it, three keys for tonight’s game:
I had the pleasure of gracing the airwaves earlier today, taking a seat in the War Room with Mick Kerns and Peter Berce on XM NHL radio. Here’s the audio, for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
It’s here. Game one tonight from the Gahden. Speed versus size. And a rivalry for the ages.
Goaltending will be key. Special teams perhaps moreso. But a big matchup in this series being ignored? Third and fourth line depth.
The playoffs are upon us. I’ll be writing regularly about the Habs, as they do battle with the Boston Bruins, but in advance of all the action let me take a few minutes to make some predictions. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a couple right.
Washington/New York: This one, to me, is no contest. Lundqvist is good - but he’s not that good. Washington will swamp a depleted Rangers lineup that will sorely miss Ryan Callahan. Washington in 5.
Philadelphia/Buffalo: Ryan Miller is the key here (obviously), and based on his play down the stretch, as recently as the weekend, he isn’t healthy. I don’t care how much of a slide Philly has been on, Buffalo just can’t overcome the loss of Miller. Flyers in 5.
Pittsburgh/Tampa Bay: Yes, the Pens are missing Crosby, but they play a strong system and Fleury has looked solid this year. And who knows - maybe Sid makes an appearance? Pittsburgh in 6 - and I bet Alex Kovalev has a big series.
The leaders of Canada’s national parties, or two of them anyhow, are asking the media consortium that sets such things to move Thursday night’s debate, the second of only two. Why? Because it conflicts with the first game of the Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins first round series.
So the Habs are in. Took long enough, eh? But they’ve got their ticket punched, and Carey Price gets a much deserved rest tomorrow against Ottawa.
Boy, was he good last night. And that got me thinking: you know what last night’s Hawks-Habs game reminded me?
How much I love hockey.
About The Upper Canadien
The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.
I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.
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