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Game 1: Habs/Flyers

  • Didn’t that little break feel like an eternity? While I am thankful that the NHL saw fit to start our series Sunday, I’m going through withdrawal with no hockey on tv! There has been ample time for speculation and prognostication, all of which will mean absolutely nothing as the first puck is dropped tonight. For the Habs the challenge will be to adjust their game plan from keying in on one or two dangerous players from a defensive shell. To win against the Flyers Montreal will need to be far more aggressive offensively than they have been thus far in the post-season. In fact, Montreal must be wary of a Flyers team that may look to give them a taste of their own medicine. With Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta accounting for around half of the Habs offensive out-put, the Flyers will be trying to shut those two down. Montreal has lacked consistent scoring depth which will be critical in their attempt to make the Cup Finals. Guys like Tomas Plekanec and Scott Gomez will need to factor in on the score sheet as well as the third line who will have a very different task than in the previous two series.

    There is excitement for Habs fans all over the continent. Its been a very long wait to get back to hockey that matters for Habs faithful. There are few teams in the league that I would take greater pleasure in beating in a playoff series (only the Broons and Laffs really).  Lets hope the boys can get out to an early lead and take some of the wind out of the inflated sails of a resilient Flyers team, fresh off of one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history.

    Go Habs Go!!!!

  1. #1 Mats Naslund says:
    May 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Where to start with what went wrong for the Habs last night…

    I guess you start from the top. Montreal actually was in a good position when they had an opportunity to take an early powerplay on an over-zealous cross-check by Chris Pronger about a minute and a quarter into the game. From there, Montreal unraveled as Gomez took an incredibly selfish and irresponsible roughing penalty that allowed the Flyers a powerplay themselves and a goal while time wound down. From there the Flyers seized the game by jumping on some terrible turnovers, and winning individual battles with a Habs team that could not have looked more disinterested. By the end of the 2nd period the game was over, and all Montreal could do was pull Jaroslav Halak from the game in hopes to save him from further meltdown.

    We didn’t get a save. We took ludicrisly stupid penalties. We didn’t kill penalties. We screened the goalie instead of blocking shots. We didn’t get timely goals off of the rush. We did almost everything the opposite of the previous two series that saw our club so successful.

    The Canadiens are not playing the Penguins or Capitals. We saw early in the game that Philly was willing to let Montreal be the aggressor. We outshot Philadelphia in the first period by a wide margin. Of course we all know that shots mean little if you don’t capitalize on your chances. Careless play with the puck, and a few good bounces set Philly off to the races. Montreal desperately needs to find their game if this series is to be competitive.

    There is not much else to say. Cut the penalties. Make good, quick passes when exiting the zone, and for goodness sakes get pucks on net with traffic because as good as Leighton was for stretches of the game early on – he is vulnerable if Montreal decides to test him.

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