My feeling going into this game 5 of a playoff series which has been very good at points is that its hard for me to be too angry at being down 3-1. Not that I’ve become a gracious loser at some point over the past week. Every loss still stings as bad as the last. But the fact that I never expected the Habs to compete in this series, and that my expectations were for an early exit for our team have numbed the emotion that would normally surface with the impending elimination of my favorite team. Though we all have our opinions about the potential of particular players or the direction this club should take to regain its former glory, none of us expected Montreal to upend the Capitals who have shown us that the flashes of brilliance that we’ve shown during this series are not yet enough to make us a contender in this league. Most pundits argued that it would be difficult for Montreal to win 1 game in this series let alone 4. A few argued that anything is possible come playoff time. In the end its hard to say which camp was right. This series has been closer than most would have predicted – although if you simply look at the 4 game tally you wouldn’t believe it. I expect that Montreal will once again come out flying trying to extend the season for at least one more game. Its difficult to predict the outcome will be any different however. Washington is a fantastic team and has shown all season long that they have an ability to score at near-will when the situation beckons for it.
The only thing I can add to maybe the final game blog of the 09-10 season is that when thinking about what I wanted to happen tonight as I was getting ready for work this morning I decided that even though I do not expect to win, I still hold out a hope that Montreal can find a way to be victorious tonight. I don’t hold any delusion that over-night our problems have been solved. But I’ve been a fan of this team since I was old enough to notice, and I like the rest of you have seen my share of ups and downs. My favorite player growing up was Mats Naslund, the small, skilled Swede who is the last Canadiens player to have recorded 100 points in a season (110) and was one of the catalysts to the first Canadiens Cup win in my lifetime. Tonight I’m hoping that some little bugger goes out there and shows me something similar. Gorges wears 26, maybe he’ll be the unlikely hero? Its been a crazy season, and tonight might be curtains. This team has been full of surprises. Tune in just after 7 to find out if they have any left.
Go Habs Go!!!