If the Montreal Canadiens end up beating the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night (God I hope so), it will be the last game played at the Igloo. Thus killing two Penguins birds with one stone as the phrase goes. Believe me people, this is a real possibility.
Monday nights 4-3 victory over what looked to be a sometime lethargic Penguins team, now forces game seven in Pittsburgh with the Habs having all the momentum. Is it possible that they can win two consecutive series from teams that were almost guaranteed to beat them?
Michael Cammalleri was the star last night with two goals giving him a total of 11 so far this playoff season. Add that to the 34 saves that Jaroslav Halak made and you have the recipe for victory. The best part of it all, they looked like they’re having fun doing it, especially in front of the crowd at the Centre Bell in Montreal.
Jaroslav Spacek also contributed to the giddyness with a goal of his own on a slapshot from just inside the blue line. Spacek had missed the previous nine games with a virus, but the Canadiens were sure glad to have him back. Max Lapierre scored what was the eventual game winner in the third period for Montreal.
The crowd was buzzing all night and it even included a fist pump by famous ex Canadien Jean Beliveau! The atmosphere in Montreal certainly added to the energy of the Habs and they used it to their fullest. While the Pens just continued to be frustrated by the play of Halak, even though at one point Pittsburgh had outshot the Canadiens by a 3-1 margin. By the way, rookie defenceman P.K. Subban had 29 minutes of ice time to lead all skaters! In the words of Pierre McGuire, this kid will be a monster!
Sid finally got on the board and broke his scoring slump, but he continues to be frustrated, pissed off and still a bit whinny. Traits that he has displayed throughout the playoffs. You have to give it to Uncle Jack and whatever game plan he has put in place, but he has done a great job slowing down Mr. Wonderful. Funny, but haven’t seen too much of that commercial of him and his dryer lately. Hmmmmm.
Some of the comments coming from Montrealers on the blogoshpere have been pretty funny, as well as right on. Such as:
Crosby is suffereing from a Halak of luck.
Sidney Crosby is an excellent purveyor of vintage whine and cheap shots.
Sidney Criesby will be playing golf on Thursday.
And then there was this little diddy by a Hab commenter: “Two Captains.
One a man, leading his team.
One a boy, protected by the ref.
Go you fucking Habs!
Playoff rivalry, it brings out the best in us doesn’t it?
All of this sets up a magical game seven and we’re still only in the second round. It’s really anyone’s series to win at this point. You can almost flip a coin to see who comes out of it and you’d have a pretty good chance of being right. I just want a good game. Clean, no Matt Cooke bullshit, and no lopsided victory either. And of course to see the Pens on the wrong side of the score too.
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