Momentum from game to game in the playoffs is a bit of a myth. Each outing has it's own rhythm and pace and flow. And outcome. One doesn't really impact the other. Certainly Sharks coach
Actually, McLellan echoed that sentiment in the Western Conference quarterfinals as his team was initially scuffling against the plucky Avalanche before prevailing in six games. He doesn't believe there is momentum from game to game. Playoff hockey is more about execution, match-ups and adjustments. And goaltending. That is the wild card played at playoff time. The Red Wings have rookie
Still, Saturday's Game 5 in San Jose isn't so much about Howard as it is his counterpart,
The Red Wings still face elimination down 3-1, but Game 4 star
Meanwhile, Montreal and Pittsburgh are tied at two, after the Canadiens played their best period in the third period of Game 4 in turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win against the Stanley Cup champion Penguins. They outshot the Penguins 16-9 after registering only nine shots through the first 40 minutes. Both Canadiens' coach
He didn't define "late", but his rationale is understandable. Once you've gone head-to-head with the same opponent for several games in a row, some things move beyond adjustment. For instance, if you continue to tweak your attack and your execution is at its peak and you still manage to come up short, that, potentially, has a carryover effect. Entering Game 5, the Penguins have only put four pucks past
In other words, the Canadiens are doing exactly what they want. Defensemen
At that point, I think it would be safe to qualify it as late in the series.