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Canadiens Cream Carolina

  • The Montreal Canadiens started their playoffs with a bang and a 6-1 victory on the road against the not so mighty Canes.

    After being picked to lose by the majority of the media and fans the Canadiens showed they can not only win against the Canes but win big and do it on the road. The Canadiens now have at least a split on the opening two road games and have stolen away the home ice advantage.

    After conceding the opening goal in the opening minute it looked as thought it might go the way the regular season games went and feature lots of Carolina offence. But it was the Habs who exploded offensively on the very very ordinary Martin Gerber.

    Gerber and Huet were big factors for their team in opposite ways. Huet stopped everything he needed to and the Canadiens defended two 5 on 3 powerplays without a goal. Gerber was weak from the beginning and let in 6 goals on a handful of shots. The already lame Carolina playoff crowd was stunned and silenced on numerous occasions and the building was half empty in the 3rd period.

    Gerber will probably have a chance to redeem himself but if he doesn’t turn it around and the Canadiens can steal a 2nd road win an even more inexperienced goalie Cam Ward might get the call which would be a pretty disheartening move and a doubtful feeling for Carolina skaters.

    The Canadiens neutralized Eric Staal perfectly much like they’ve done to Joe Thornton in the previous 2 playoff series. It was a very familiar feeling. The Canes also presented no physical aspect to the game or toughness other than Doug Weight hanging around Cristobal Huet for a little too long, for which he got a nice glove on punch in the chops from Sheldon Souray. Weight, Recchi, Williams were all missing in action.

    Souray might have been the only upsetting part of the Canadiens game as he was extremely weak on the first goal (like he’s been so many times this year) and also giving up a breakaway on the Canadiens powerplay.

    The Canadiens did it perfectly. They could not have aked for more and it’ll be interesting to see the confidence in their game for game 2. The series is far from over but the Canadiens could not have started better. You have to expect Gainey and Carbo are going to have them even better prepared, and despite Peter Laviolette’s excellent regular season record, he looks sadly outmatched in that department.

14 Comments
  1. The already lame Carolina playoff crowd was stunned and silenced on numerous occasions and the building was half empty in the 3rd period.

  2. Thanks for reinforcing that.

  3. lets try this again.

    The already lame Carolina playoff crowd was stunned and silenced on numerous occasions and the building was half empty in the 3rd period.

  4. haha alright since the rest of my comment keeps getting cut off
    lets try this one more time

    now i wouldnt nessecaryly say that playoff crowd was “lame”
    yes we were silenced but did you not hear the rbc center after
    cullens beautiful goal in period 1, or right at the puck drop
    to start the game. that was rocking. Now it is kid of hard to live
    up to being “the loudest house in the nhl” when theres nothing
    to cheer for. the canes were horrible. its hard to cheer for a team
    thats getting slaughtered 1-6. and rightuflly people should have left
    in the 3rd did you see the score. there were better games on t/v at
    the time then watching the habs destroy the canes. thats not nessacrly
    something i like to go crazy about. im sure other canes would agree.

    anywaysss with saying that niiiiiceeee win on saturday your team was
    excellent!!! good luck on monday

  5. Hello,

    Alex Kovalev doesn’t like the term “underdogs”. He sure put his money where his mouth is by whipping two beauties past Martin Gerber in Game #1!

    Kudos to Cristobal Huet for rebounding in superb fashion after giving up an early goal to the ‘Canes in the first period…he slammed the door shut after that and never looked back, looking very composed for a guy making his first start between the pipes in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Bob Gainey, Guy Carbonneau, and Doug Jarvis look to have the Habs very prepared to play a team so many people have bowed down to and worshipped during the regular season.

    But it’s only one game…right? Or is it?

    GO HABS GO!!!

    Take Care,

    Mark
    CANADA

  6. It was just one game. But I’ll say this: If the Habs win Game 2, Carolina will be in very serious trouble. Game 2 is a must-win for the Hurricanes, because there’s no way that that team is coming into the Bell Centre down 2-0 and winning anything.

  7. #7 I am Canadien says:
    April 23, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The ‘canes are going to come out flying in the next game. If we can survive the first period even, then we’ll be looking good. Let’s face it; we have a pop-gun offense with a team defence strategy that checked the H-E double hockey sticks out of Carolina in gm 1. If we get the same team performance then Carolina will be in trouble going back to Hab Land.

    Holy Huet!!

  8. #8 hab4Life says:
    April 24, 2006 at 1:05 am

    on the carolina goal it showed on replay that souray was clipped in the ankle by the ref which caused him to be flat footed on that goal but i agree it was a weak goal.

  9. Souray has been undressed before, so it’s easy to blame him. But, in this case, you’re right – he most certainly was bumped by the ref on that goal.

    That being said, he also makes some good defensive plays. I only wish he would be more consistent with his play in the Habs’ end. But then, that could be said about several others.

    As to the win, I’m not geting ahead of anything. It was ONLY one game. But, as I said, if the Habs find a way to win Game 2, then it’s bigtime trouble for Carolina. And also, as I said before, Carolina won’t survive the East. Not with the play they demonstrated down the final stretch, no. But they especially won’t survive because they have cheerleaders. There are no cheerleaders in hockey. There just aren’t. No.

  10. #10 Habs Blog says:
    April 24, 2006 at 7:06 am

    I kind of like them cheerleaders.

  11. :-)

    Everyone says that after I say that they don’t belong in hockey.

  12. #12 hip hip huet says:
    April 24, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    habs + Huet =Lord Stanley’s Cup :D

  13. #13 Harman says:
    April 26, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    GO habs the Habs r gonna win the stanly cup for sure Hurricans r history

  14. #14 Harman says:
    April 26, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    GO HABS GO
    GO LEAFS GO….Wait they didn’t make the play offs
    Go Habs Go

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