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Carey Price for PM, PK Subban for Minister of Defence

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.

Everyone overlooks the system, and many credit the Habs successes last year to Kirk Muller. But enough cannot be said about Jacques Martin and his system. When the team buys in, boy they play well. Yes, Boston has not played superb hockey, but you know what? Much of that is due to the Canadiens’ system forcing the Bruins into making mistakes. Martin is proving what an adept coach he is, not that he hasn’t been before. But many, many media pundits and fans alike have berated Martin for years: boring hockey, no emotion, no consistency. I have to believe Jacques is really enjoying Montreal, because he’s making many detractors look very, very silly.

Now, will that continue for game three? The absence of Zdeno Chara, and whether he returns, will be one major factor in determining whether the Canadiens can continue to bottle the Bruins.

So will the goaltending of the Boston Bruins, and whether Tukka Rask steps in for Tim Thomas.

But methinks the Montreal Canadiens have looked pretty good or two games, and with the veterans they have in the room I have to suggest there is a good chance it continues tomorrow night. The Bell Centre will be rocking and the team will be ready.

No excitement yet. Many wins to go. These guys are all business. And, as a fan, that is a damn good thing to see.

The Upper Canadien prediction? I came close in game two, so here’s my prediction for game three: 4-1 Habs, and a 3-0 series lead.

Wow, wouldn’t that be sweet?

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Jacques Martin is one of, if not, the most under appreciated coaches in the NHL. I don’t think this will ever change.

Posted by BlackXinu on 04/18/11 at 07:26 PM ET

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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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