I’m writing this from a very comfy couch in Costa Rica where hockey should be the farthest thing from my mind. But tonight the Habs face what could end up being their first round opponent in the playoffs: the Tampa Bay Lightning. I won’t be able to catch the game as I’ll be on a plane headed back to Canada tonight, but I’m very interested to see how the Canadiens fare against a team that has traditionally given them all sorts of trouble thanks mainly to the incredible play of Martin St Louis, Vinny Lecavalier and more recently Steven Stamkos. The next two games will be played at a much higher intensity than was witnessed in Sunrise – which I’m hearing was something of a sham NHL game with Florida having packed it in for next season (or some season thereafter).
I’m hoping that at some point in time (preferably sooner than later) the ayers making the serious cash on this club (Gomez, Gionta, Cammy, and Plekanec) get their act in gear together and start leading the club offensively. The Canadiens are lucky to be able to rely on their youth at the moment (which is a change from seasons prior), but at some point the guys making the coin need to lead the way.
Here’s hoping for good news popping up on my iPhone when I land later tonight. Go Habs Go!!!