PENGUINS-CANADIENS-BRUINS – The East Race Heats Up With Exactly Six Weeks Remaining

Mar 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Canadiens, Latest News

031Time Flies.  There are now exactly six weeks remaining in the NHL season and for the Canadiens, only 20 games.  Going into the stretch run the Canadiens lead the Northeast Division and are second to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference and holding two games in hand over them.

Before the season began, it was clear the Penguins and Bruins were the Eastern Conference elite.  That the Canadiens are going mano a mano with them is well beyond the wildest dreams of even their staunchest fan.

Even as the process was unfolding and the Canadiens were leading the conference, their narrow hold on first place was always qualified by as many as  four games in hand Boston always seemed to hold over them.  Of course, the Bruins had to win those games.

Under the relentless pressure of the race,  the Bruins  have blinked.  In the last two weeks they have lost all three so-called “statement games”, On March 3rd at home, the Canadiens scored twice in the third period for the come-from-behind 4-3 win.  The Bruins then dropped two games over the past week in Pittsburgh.  And with that, three games in hand on March 3rd have  dissipated to one/.

The Bruins are too good to simply fade away into the woodwork.  On March 27th,  24-hours after they play in Pittsburgh, the Canadiens will be in Boston   for what stands to be the statement-game-to-end-all-statement-games (until, of course, they meet again at the Bell Centre April 6th in a game that may well decide who wins the Northeast Division).

There’s water uner the bridge before then but the elite three in the Eastern Conference are showing no sign of easing up against the lesser competition so count on an storybook race between the Big Bad Bruins, the Crosby/Malkin Penguins and the underdog Canadiens right to the final bell.

The ‘Four-Pointers’ – Head to Head Down the Stretch

……The Canadiens have four games left against Boston and Pittsburgh, only one at home.  Both the Bruins and Penguins have three 4-pointers remaining.   Considering the Canadiens  10-2-2 road record so far this season, the three on the road may not be the problem it seems at first glance.  The table setter might be those back to back games in Pittsburgh and Boston March 26th and 27th.

……Canadiens @ Pittsburgh March 26th; @ Boston March 27th; vs. Boston April 6th; @Pittsburgh April 17th.

……Boston at home to Montreal March 27th; @Montreal April 6th; vs. Pittsburgh April 19th.

……Pittsburgh at home to Montreal March 26th; at home to Montreal April 17th; @Boston April 19th.

And then….there will be the playoffs.  It’s a good time to be a hockey fan in Montreal.

The Standings After Games March 17th 

 

 

EASTERN

DIV

GP

W

L

OT

P

1

* - PITTSBURGH

ATL

30

22

8

0

44

2

* - MONTRÉAL

NE

28

19

5

4

42

3

* - WINNIPEG

SE

29

15

12

2

32

4

BOSTON

NE

27

19

5

3

41

5

OTTAWA

NE

29

15

8

6

36

 

One Comment to “PENGUINS-CANADIENS-BRUINS – The East Race Heats Up With Exactly Six Weeks Remaining”

  1. philippe ouimet says:

    A real true blue Cinderella story. As a fan never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such an outcome and all this was done without one superstar on this remarkable hockey team. But what a team and what a management and coaching staff they all seem to mesh so well together even PK has fallen into the CH mold !!!! Could it be possible that the Jack Adams trophy shows up at the Bell Center and………

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