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Let’s Just Bury Game Six And Concentrate On Game Seven April 19, 2008

  GAME 6

The picture is now crystal clear. Boston has figured Montreal out, and Montreal doesn’t know how to figure Boston out. Claude Julien understands how playoff hockey works, adjusted nicely, and his team has delivered.

Tonight, it became a 5-4 Bruins win, and it was a game that surely has left all Habs fans grumbling and more than slightly pissed off.

Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau has not been able to light a fire under his boys, and so again, in this game six, it meant four Boston goals in the third period, the same as in game five. It meant five goals scored again by Boston, the same as in game five. It meant that again, Montreal was flat, their power play was flat, and although Chris Higgins and Tomas Plekanec finally broke out of their scoreless draught, it was a non-effort by almost everyone on the Montreal team.

Or maybe it wasn’t so much a non-effort by Montreal, but a better effort by Boston.

So I don’t want to but I have to ask this one question, a question which makes me uneasy, but I feel must be addressed. Are there too many Europeans on the Montreal Canadiens to understand what it takes to win in playoff hockey?

The playoffs aren’t the regular season. And for a couple of decades now, we’ve seen many examples of players from across the pond not understanding the importance of the Stanley Cup, unlike North Americans, especially Canadians, who have this emotion implanted in their hearts and souls.

I hear from Canucks fans all the time how the Sedin twins, from Sweden, are the furthest things from playoff performers. 

If you say this is bullshit and I’m out of line, then where have the European Habs gone?

Russian-born Alex Kovalev, mentioned as a possible league MVP, has brought his game down a couple of serious notches and is no more the straw that stirs the drink during Montreal’s once daunting power play. The Kostitsyn’s, from Belarus, can’t crack Boston’s playoff checking. Tomas Plekanec, from the Czech Republic, was an offensive marvel during the regular season, and now is playing like he’d rather be some place else. Switzerland’s Mark Streit is playing like he belongs in the American Hockey League.

Even Russian Andrei Markov, frequently called one of the top defensemen in the entire league, has posed no threat whatsoever.

This is a very disappointing turn of events. It was such a short time ago that talk of a Stanley Cup was rampant throughout Hab universe, but now this is a team hanging by a thread, playing scared, playing tight and nervous, while Boston is a team of happy campers, feeling good about themselves, and can’t wait for game seven Monday night.

Of course Montreal can redeem themselves in one game and make everyone forget they haven’t deserved this series. They can win still, make no mistake about that. They’ve been a team of surprises all year, and now it’s time to pull one last trick out of their bag.

But so far, and it pains me to say this, I haven’t seen a Stanley Cup contender from my Montreal Canadiens.



6 Responses to “Let’s Just Bury Game Six And Concentrate On Game Seven”

  1. Mike Williamson Says:

    Well it`s now down to game # 7,throw out the home ice advantage we all know a # 7 is a crap shoot & speaking of crap thats how we have perfomed in the last 3 & 1/2 to 4 games!!
    They`ve got triple their desire & intensity or it`s sadly ALL OVER !!!!!
    Les Canadiens Toujours!!!!!!!!!

  2. Brian Says:

    To win tomorrow night, Carbo is going to have to make some significant changes to the lineup. Health and grit are at a premium in a Game 7, not finesse. The problem is that some of the moves that he should make would have been easier to do in Game 6. I fear that he won’t have the nads to change the lineup in any meaningful way, however. Our only hope may be that Price gets himself together and steals the game.

  3. Dennis Says:

    If Montreal comes out flat tomorrow night, then there are no answers. If they’re flat, then someone smarter than me is going to have to explain why. Because I wouldn’t know why.

  4. Brian Says:

    Considering that everyone will be behind them at the Bell Center tomorrow night hoping for the best, if they come out flat, they are not fit to wear that uniform. They have to realize that it is not a Halloween costume. For good or ill, they are the Montreal Canadiens on whom all our playoff hopes rest.

  5. Lenny Says:

    Came across your blog. Some good stuff. My thoughts on the Canadiens? I think the problem is the coach. For instance, today he has the following quote after the morning skate:
    “…I think both sides might be nervous. The last two games, going down 3-1, they had nothing to lose. They lose, they go home. Now they have something to win. So we’ll see how they react to that.”
    I think this goes on the bulliten board in the Bruin locker room

  6. Dennis Says:

    I’m wondering about Carbonneau myself. Claude Julien made the necessary adjustments early in the series, but Carbonneau didn’t respond. We’ll see tonight.

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