Stanley Cup Playoffs

LINEUP CHANGES FOR HABS?-Not So Fast!

May 17th, 2010 | By

Is it time for Jacques Martin to make some roster moves in light of the 6-0 beating handed his team last night in Philadelphia.

The Flyers clearly dominated the Canadiens physically, but it seemed more a case of the Habs failing to offer any kind of push-back than any special Philadelphia gameplan. After all, it wasn’t until the second period that the Flyers realized they could have their way with impunity.

And if Martin elects to make adjustments, where does he start? His entire team did in game one was substandard in game one



FORGET 6-0. A Long Flyers-Canadiens Series Looms

May 17th, 2010 | By

If a coach ever can figure out the why’s of team mass lethargy, he will go to the head of the class in the Hall of Fame. It took one period for the Flyers to figure out that the Canadiens were completely out to lunch. After that, it was easy.

The Canadiens have made it thus far on sheer hard work. When they don’t work, they are beaten. Badly. We saw it during the wild swings of the regular season and the four or five games during the playoffs. Four times in fifteen games they’ve let in six goals. In one three game stretch in the Washington series, all losses, they gave up 17 goals.



GAME #1 EAST FINAL – Philadelphia-6 Canadiens-0

May 16th, 2010 | By

The Canadiens just don’t do opening nights very well. For the second consecutive series opener, the team laid an egg. Against the Penguins, Jaroslav Halak was pulled in favour of Carey Price with the score 5-2 and en route to a 6-2 defeat. Sunday night in game one against the Flyers it was 6-0.

The Canadiens were sluggish, undisciplined and uninvolved and paid a heavy price in losing to a Flyers team that only a day to rest after seven game series against Boston.



SERGEI KOSTITSYN SKATES WITH TEAMMATES IN PHILADELPHIA

May 16th, 2010 | By

He’s back. Just when you thought the Canadiens had enough of him, Sergei Kostitsyn was on the ice in Philadelphia this morning practicing with his teammates prior to the Eastern Conference final opening game tonight.

Kostitsyn was not allowed to travel with the team for games five and seven of the semi-final series against the Penguins. Prior to that, he had been called out by Carey Price for his too-casual approach in practice. At the end of this morning’s pre-game skate he was seen in a one-on-one discussion with coach Jacques Martin. He is not expected to be in tonight’s lineup.



HABS PRACTICE REPORT – SATURDAY

May 15th, 2010 | By

The Canadiens held their final full practice before the start of the Eastern Conference final series against the Flyers which starts tomorrow in Philadelphia.

No sign of Andrei Markov, who was probably feeling the effects of a full workout yesterday on that wonky knee of his.



EAST FINAL-CANADIENS VS. FLYERS – The Season Series Review

May 14th, 2010 | By

It will be the Canadiens against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference final on Sunday night. The Boston Bruins led the series 3-0 and blew that and then had a 3-0 lead in game seven and and blew that. In the end, a late too-many-men on the ice penalty gave the Flyers a man advantage and the game winning goal. Sound familiar?

Now it’s on to the Conference final in 48 hours at the Lacovia Centre in Philadelphia. The first time ever a seventh seed (Philadelphia) will meet an eighth seed in a conference final. The Canadiens split their 4 game season series against the Flyers during the regular season, each team splitting home games.



THREE REGULARS MISS FRIDAY PRACTICE

May 14th, 2010 | By

Four players missed the first practice following the series win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday. Dominic Moore, Hal Gill and Josh Gorges took a therapy day along with Paul Mara, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Andrei Markov took part in his first full practice since the knee injury that sidelined him in game one against the Penguins. He worked alongside his regular late season partner Ryan O’Byrne.



MARKOV SCRIMMAGES WITH THE CANADIENS

May 14th, 2010 | By

Andrei Markov put in a full practice with the Canadiens this morning for the first time since he was checked into the boards by Matt Cooke in game one of the Pittsburgh series two weeks ago. He was paired with his regular late-season partner Ryan O’Byrne.



“1993” ALL OVER AGAIN? THERE ARE PARALLELS

May 14th, 2010 | By

We can start with the team’s regular seasons. In 1993 the Canadiens won 48 games, third highest win total in the league behind Pittsburgh (56) and Boston (51). This year, for the first time in six years, the Canadiens failed to win forty. In other words, this year’s regular season version of the Canadiens wasn’t as good as the 1993 team. The Canadiens had the league’s 6th best point total in ’93. They were 19th overall in the league this year.



GAME #7 -Canadiens-5 Pittsburgh-2 (Montreal Advances)

May 12th, 2010 | By

The Canadiens took it to the Penguins from the opening puck-drop. Brian Gionta scored on a power play thirty-two seconds into the game. Dominic Moore made it 2-0 against the rattled Penguins before the first period was over. Then it was Michael Cammaller with his 7th goal of the series and then Travis Moen with a dandy shorthanded goal. Pittsburgh did attempt to come back with two late second period goals but then Jaroslav Halak took over. The Penguins outshot the Canadiens 18-3 in the third period but the only goal was scored by Montreal.

Credit special teams again. The Canadiens were two four on the power play while the Penguins, even with Crosby and Malkin, were 0-for-6.

The Canadiens advance to the Eastern Final for the first time since their last Stanley Cup year in 1993. They’ll play either Philadelphia or Boston.



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