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Game 78: Habs/Flyers

  • Sometimes when I’m writing these game-blogs I struggle not to re-hash the same tired lines. Its hard over the course of an 82 game season not to start repeating yourself. I’d love to know how many times over the course of this season alone that I’ve written the words: Huge, Critical, Crucial, must-win, log-jam etc. It seems Montreal has been in perpetual elimination mode for all but a few games this year. It was two consecutive losses to the Flyers that (in many people’s opinion) iced the Canadiens playoff picture. The Habs rebounded from the Olympic break and went on a tear to make everyone rescind their bleak prognosis. Now, after another tough stretch of losses, we meet the Flyers again. Again, our playoffs seemingly hang in the balance. I wont do it though. I wont call this game what every other blogger out there will. Because we have seen time and time again that while our losses torment us violently as fans, there is always a next game. We’re running out of next games, but tonight is not a one-and-done scenario.  Atlanta trails us by two points, with one more game played. They would have to make up 3 more points on us over their last 4 games, and for that reason I think that the pressure is on THEM, and not us as far as the playoffs are concerned. As I’ve eluded to here over the past few weeks, I believe it is far more critical to take winning momentum into the playoffs than to gain a favorable opponent. My reasoning, is that there is NO favorable opponent at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

    Tonight, the Habs have to focus on only one task. Get some bodies going to the net, and shoot the puck. Over the past few games we have tried and failed to capitalize on the ‘perfect’ goal to no avail, while bounces, redirections, own goals and fugly ones beat us. We’ve hand-cuffed ourselves, and only movement, and bodies in the ‘Staal’ area will release us.

    Go Habs Go!!

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    April 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

    YOur right there Mats, but the main thing is when we were winning we had two lines contributing + Plex. Now Plex’s line is the only line scoring. One thing that made us successful in close games was our third line was scoring some important goals, we need that again down the stretch and into the playoff. You cannot win many close games without that third line goal. So along with your comments I would add that we need to have two lines providing offence and that third line needs to contribute in the close games.

  2. #2 Senet1 says:
    April 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Well I hope that Cammy starts to find the net soon, there line is playing fair good and even AK46 has been skating better since cammy came back. He made an nice pass to Plex for the goal tonight and he worked hard behind the net to get the puck too. He also is being more aggressive lately again.

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