It was Mayo, Mikey D, and my wife and I, and we sat in the local Powell River pub at a table in front of the big screen TV, drank beer, and waited. We waited for the Canadiens to solve Marc-Andre Fleury and his gang in black in front of him, and make it a game for the ages. A game where, if the script was followed properly, the Habs would score twice in the third and win in overtime and take a brilliant 3-2 series lead.
But the Penguins ruined the script. They played a nondescript, effective, playoff game and shut down the good guys, the guys in white, which wasn’t the way it was supposed to go, the way old Roy Rogers westerns went. Because with Sidney Crosby still surprisingly quiet, Evgeny Malkin picked it up and played like Evgeny Malkin, and Habs scorers remained way too quiet. When you put these two things together, it spells bummer for Habs fans.
We don’t need to see Malkin on top of his game. He’s a big lad, and Montreal must be strong with him and ride him to the boards. And although easier said than done, he’s not Superman and can be stopped. Plus, other than this big guy, Pittsburgh didn’t look or play like world beaters, and all Montreal players and fans should strongly believe that this series is far from over and the Penguins can be had.
Keep in mind that the Penguins and Sidney Crosby know without a doubt that they’re in a serious dogfight. Forget the Vegas odds and widespread predictions from the media. Crosby has surprisingly been mostly ineffective and the Penguins have shown that they’re not the 1958 Montreal Canadiens and can be beaten. Just because they won the Stanley Cup last year doesn’t mean they’re a shoo-in to continue on. The league is too tight, and the Montreal Canadiens are the biggest story of the post season.
Montreal has a great chance of winning game six, and then game seven. Imagine.
Do you believe in miracles?
Mike Cammelleri notched Montreal’s only goal, with help from Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec. Once again, there’s not enough scoring from others.
The game was lousy but the beer was good.