Saturday, April 19, 2008

Can Montreal seal the deal in Boston?

Les Canadiens de Montréal missed their shot Thursday night. Leading the series 3-1, they could have delivered the knockout punch to the Boston Bruins.

They could have, but they didn't.

The last 30 minutes or so showed a Carey Price that we haven't seen in awhile. He was average, at best, which only magnified his team's scoring problems.

The Habs finished the season with the best power play in the NHL, but you would never know it in this series. Add to that their inability to score many goals 5-on-5, and you have a team that relies on its goalie. Carey Price may be an unbelievable goalie, but he is only 20 years old and playing under the microscope in Montreal.

The Boston Bruins, on the other hand, are playing very well. They didn't beat the Habs all season, but they won game 3 in Boston, and they handed it to the Canadiens in game 5.

The series is now returning to Boston and the Bruins have all the confidence in the world. The Canadiens are getting Saku Koivu and Francis Bouillon back and are in a position where they must win this game. They do not want to lose again and have the pressure of a game 7....and to have that game in Montreal.

I want the Habs to get it done and move on to round 2, but I am not super-confident. Claude Julien was coaching the Habs in 2004 when they were playing the Bruins and came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series in 7. Can he lead the Bruins to the same result? If so, it may be the biggest upset of the post-season.


Sarah said...

At least there is still one team left in the playoffs to cheer Go Habs!

Funny thing though, I had more faith in the Habs than most of the Habs fans I know...they all said the Bruins would win after the Habs lost in game 6. I believed they could still do it. I think that is pretty bad lol.

Ashley said...

What an insane game...I wish I was at the Bell Centre for that.

I, too, know a lot of Habs fans who were kind of counting them out. A couple of bad losses can really rattle your confidence. I think the problem on that front is that fans may have been a little (a lot) too 'high' coming into the playoffs. I know some believed that they were going to win the Cup, no problem, and their confidence crumbled at the first sign of adversity.

I know I may not seem like it at times, but I always try to be cautiously optimistic - not too high, and not too low. For instance, I think the Pens have a shot at coming out of the east, but I also know how hard it will be to beat the rest of the teams still playing - Flyers, Rangers, Capitals, Canadiens.

Okay, Habs we must send all of our good energy to the Capitals so that they can eliminate the Flyers tomorrow night haha

DaBich said...

Congrats on the habs win, girl. I'm thrilled Washington is staying alive. I hope the beat the Criers and move on.

Ashley said...

Dabich - Ovechkin will kill the Cryers tonight. Write it down.