Anyone who says the Canadiens don’t stand a chance against Boston is a negative bastard who won’t be invited to any fun things I may have going in the future such as owning the team blowouts and making sure the players wives are comfortable extravaganzas.
You’ll be shut out, listening to the merriment from the other side of the door. Is it worth it to say the Habs can’t win?
The Habs can win. But they have to be sharp in a few areas. Carey Price will be fine, I’m sure about this. In a pressure-packed series like this upcoming one, he’ll be cool as a cucumber, as is his nature. We don’t have to worry about goaltending.
What we have to worry about is scoring. Montreal never seems to have it together here. If a few guys are hot, several others aren’t. Tomas Plekanec can be one of the league’s best but he has to do it game in and game out. We see someone like Andrei Kostitsyn go good for a few games, then silent for way too many. Benoit Pouliot is still on the team, isn’t he? Or is that an automated mannequin?
We need these guys to be at their best now.
If the Canadiens want to go deep, everyone has to do at least a little chipping in, and we never saw this across the board very much this year. If they want to show they are proud Montreal Canadiens, they have to help out a little in the playoffs. Don’t you think?
How do guys score if they’re not Guy Lafleur? Accept the punishment and get in deep and dirty in front of Tim Thomas. Take the abuse and go back for more. Let Zdeno Chara throw you around. While he’s doing that, maybe he’ll be out of position or distracted enough to let another come in and pop one. When a team wins in the playoffs, the sting of missing teeth, lumps and gashes evaporates like magic.
Travis Moen, one of the few guys who doesn’t mind approaching enemy territory in a bad mood, has sat for the past few games and I don’t know if he’s healthy or not. Ryan White won’t take any guff and could be an extremely valuable guy in the next few weeks. PK Subban will get his hands dirty and so will Wiz. Even Brian Gionta plays big and will lead his team with his actions.
Scott Gomez will be there in some capacity.
Let the Bruins get stupid and nasty. Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic can score but can also lose their minds. So shut them down and trash talk them and give them a couple of jabs after the whistle and watch them hurt their team when they reply. And work hard and don’t let the Krejci’s and Bergeron’s of the team loose in front of the net.
So, we need to have scoring from more than just a few, we need to cause problems in front of the Boston net, and we need to goad the greasers into stupid penalties. Then we need success with the special teams. No sense goading and having Marchand do something silly if we’re not going to score when the bugger’s in the penalty box. And shutting down their power play is equally important.
We need to sit back and watch steam rise from Claude Julien’s head, Bruin fans looking glum and pissed off, and Price to see Chara’s shot without being screened. And if he is screened, maybe we’ll get lucky and and a few of Chara’s 110 mile an hour shots will crack ankle bones of his own teammates. A big guy who’s gun shy is a beautiful thing.
Montreal won four of six games this year against the Bruins, but if the hockey world wants to label the Canadiens as underdogs in this round, then that’s fine. In fact, being told you’re going to lose can be a mighty powerful rallying cry.