Who needs half the defence corp? The Habs just keep on rolling, keep on surprising, keep on believing, and without Andrei Markov, Hal Gill, and Paul Mara, the gang that no one thought could shoot straight came up with a dynamic, gutsy 4-3 win over the Penguins to force game seven, and once again, I’d like to personally thank my heart for staying strong and not faltering when I wouldn’t blame it if did.
And you can be sure the Penguins are believers in the Cinderella Habs now. Jordan Staal said it best, and when he did I puffed out my chest and I believed even more. He said the Canadiens are extremely difficult to play against and they’re making life miserable for the Pens. Or something to that effect. Regardless, he sounded tentative and worried and it made my overworked heart soar.
People I know around town who normally dislike the Habs now seem to have a new-found admiration and respect for what this little underdog is doing. It’s a storybook playoffs for the Montreal Canadiens and I can’t even believe I’m writing these words. Yes indeed, it’s good to be a Habs fan. We’ve been waiting to get excited like this for many years, and the time has come. Yippee ki yay!
Mike Cammalleri whipped home two on this night, and Jaroslav Spacek, finally back from his ear infection, tallied the third. Then, in one of Maxim Lapierre’s trademark full-stream-ahead moves to the net, scored the fourth which at first gave his team a two-goal cushion, and then eventually became the winner. It was a beauty and it makes us love the guy when we’re not ready to throttle him for taking bad penalties.
And of course, Jaroslav Halak once again, with a little help from his posts, did his best impressions of Patrick, Ken, Jacques, and Georges, and hell, you can even throw in a little Roger Crozier, Terry Sawchuk, Johnny Bower, Grant Fuhr, Dominik Hasek, and anybody else you can think of who has made magic in playoffs past. Halak is a huge reason, of course, why the Penguins are so nervous right now they can hardly sign autographs.
Hal Gill is almost certain to be in the lineup on Wednesday. And wouldn’t it be something if Markov joined him? But the Canadien players and coaches, in every pre-game interview, said these injuries are just something they must play through. And they are.
What a story.