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Ottawa smiles while Montreal seeths

Perhaps one day, I'll go into detail on my frustrations with the refereeing of game four of the Canadiens-Senators series last night. Perhaps one day I'll delve into detail on the botched icings, faceoffs, and goal rulings. But not today. I just can't handle it today.

But I will say this. I'm proud of the Canadiens, who bounced back from a mess of a game 3 and battled hard for all of game four. Now, they head into game five minus their captain, gone for the season with a serious muscle/tendon tear, likely minus their starting goalie, who was injured on the tying goal last night, minus Lars Eller, minus Alexei Emelin, and Lord knows who else.

And you know what? They can still win. Because the team across from them battled these situations all year, and they persevered. As the dressing room wall says, No Excuses. Will the Habs win three in a row? It's been done before, and it will be done again. They've dominated all but one or two periods of this series. PK Subban said today that Montreal is the better team, and they know they can win. It's time for them to go out and get it done.

On another note, a fantastic read from Grandland today by the esteemed Ken Dryden, on concussions, Lars Eller, and respect in sports. Enjoy. 


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Da lil Guy's avatar

I’ve had a chance to work with Ken Dryden, and I respect him deeply. His article is as thoughtful and considerate as I know he always is in every single thing he does.

He asks the question “What makes a Gryba hit clean and good on a defenseless Eller when a punch to the face of someone lying on the ice, equally defenseless, is not?” (as an aside, this might be a subtle condemnation of PK Subban’s actions in game 3, continuing to throw punches at Kyle Turris as he lay on the ice with a referee on top of him).

I think a potential answer to Dryden’s question may be “intent”.

I don’t think that necessarily takes away from Dryden’s point, though.

In any event, I’m looking forward to a good Game 5. I’ve heard a lot of Habs fans clamouring for Budaj to get the start, and I guess circumstances have granted that wish. Whether he ends up as the hero or the goat remains to be seen. 

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 05/09/13 at 11:31 AM ET

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