When we last left off, the Habs had just lost a dismal home-and-home series to the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-2 and 3-2, and had dropped a total of three of four after beating Washington in overtime 6-5 before the Flyers games but had been shutout by Boston 3-0 before that.
It wasn’t good, and the Olympic break was a timely diversion from the woes of the struggling team still faced with injuries to Mike Cammellari and Andrei Kostitsyn.
So Tuesday night the boys are back and in Boston, hopefully to inflict pain on the Beantowners with fresh and renewed vigour.
It’s time to put the hammer down and make a big playoff push. Montreal has to win two-thirds of their games and although a tall order, absolutely not impossible. Not when you’re a speedy, talented club with the best fans in the league pushing and encourageing.
The Canadiens currently sit in the 8th and final spot with 64 points, just one behind Boston and two behind Philly. So as you can see, Tuesday’s tilt with Boston is a big night right off the bat.
Jaroslav Halak showed he’s on top of his game while wearing the colours of Slovakia, and there’s certainly no reason for this not to continue in his regular Habs jersey. Tomas Plekanec and Sergei Kostitsyn played well in the Olympics, as did Andrei Markov, and the rest of the team should now have regrouped after the Philadelphia losses and are ready to breathe fire.
Hammer down. Rock ’em, sock ’em, eat ’em raw. Beginning in Boston.