The Canadiens fell 4-3 in overtime in game seven of a hard-fought series, and sadly, like saying goodbye to an old friend, it’s the last we’ll see of the team until fall when they do it all again. And I must tell you, as an impatient Habs fan, I’m getting sick of talking about their final game every year when there’s no Stanley Cup in the sentence.
I’m proud of them though. They took the Bruins to overtime in game seven even though they weren’t given much of a chance by almost everyone except Habs fans. They were written off early in the year when Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges suffered season-ending injuries. They were chastized for not scoring enough. The defence was considered too slow. But they remained a good team anyway.
Unfortunately, too many times throughout the season and in this playoff round, far too many players were on some kind extended coffee break which even Sigmund Freud would have trouble explaining. And in the end, when Montreal needed firepower from all gunners, it wasn’t there again.
But tonight isn’t a night to get into that for me. I just don’t feel like it. I’m going to watch ‘Shameless’ instead.
The boys came within a whisker of taking out the Bruins and moving on. Montreal was a team which was vastly underrated, and they showed everyone that even though they were smallish with no serious point-getters, they had success because of their speed and quick transition. But for Montreal to be a Cup-contender, they need all players playing well at the same time, which didn’t happen, and if I’m going to whine, I’ll whine about this.
Montreal fought hard in this final game, with Yannick Weber scoring on the power play in the first frame to close the gap at 2-1, and they tied it in the second when Tomas Plekanec burst in on a short-handed breakaway. It was tense throughout, it goes without saying, and the trophy for guts must go to Jeff Halpern for first creating dangerous chances including a breakaway he couldn’t finish. The warrior was also taken hard into the stanchion slightly reminiscent of the Max Pacioretty incident and took an Andrew Ference shoulder pad to the head that should have been called but wasn’t
All in all, Halpern in my book played a fine game. He might not remember his name but he played a fine game.
As one might expect in a Habs-Bruins seven battle, the drama carried on to the wire. With just over two minutes left, Patrice Bergeron took a penalty and PK Subban blasted a rocket past Tim Thomas to send the game into overtime. There was hope. The Canadiens could get this done.
Then, in overtime, it was like a stun gun. The game was over. The Canadiens were done. The teams shook hands and skated off. I hate this feeling.
I’m not going to watch one single Bruins game from here on in. I’ve seen enough of them for one year.