Odd whiff of destiny in Montreal
It's not happening. The Montreal Canadiens, who got into these 2010 playoffs by the whites of their fingernails are not getting past the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. No way.
It's just too tall an order and the Canadiens are too short a team. (
The Canadiens? They don't make playoff runs anymore. That was the old Canadiens, the team that dominated hockey for a blip of, oh, 35 seasons. Now it's been 17 years since Montreal won a Stanley Cup. Plenty of hardcore Canadiens' fans, the kind that bleed
Beat Pittsburgh? A team that won 30 playoff games the past two springs? Next thing you'll be telling me is that this year's eighth-seeded Montreal squad could knock off a Capitals club that finished 33 points better in the regular season season with the most dynamic goal-scorer in the game. You'll suggest that Les Habs could do a thing like that by winning three straight games, including Game 7 on the road. Yeah, right. Go tell it on Capitol Hill.
Okay, I admit it. Some funny things have been happening in this Canadiens postseason. Not ha-ha funny, but funny like maybe portentous. Such as playing without injured defensemen
And the goals that Montreal has been scoring, well, they do have kind of a fateful aura about them. Like the one that
Except for this little factoid: Halak is now 10-0 (that's ten and oh) in games this season in which he's made more than 40 saves. He's 13-1 when he's made 35 or more. A team can pepper him with pucks, spray him with shots, probably even just pepper-spray him and he keeps kicking the problems aside.
After Cammalleri scored late in Game 2, zipping one past
"It's a lot of fun," said Subban of the NHL postseason, an event to which he is only this spring becoming acquainted. "You have to come out and enjoy it."
Indeed. Have your fun as a Canadien, PK (and continued good luck on the PK, Canadiens). It's the NHL playoffs and anything can happen. Except for beating the Penguins. Uh-uh. No chance.