Four elimination games.
The Ol’ Blogger does not know what to make of this.
And it’s not like your Montreal Canadiens are playing the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Down 3-1 to the number one seed in the East, they rallied to force a Game 7 and win it in Washington.
Down 3-2 to the Stanley Cup champions, who were determined not to repeat the run-and-gun mistakes of the Capitals, the Canadiens force ANOTHER Game 7 with a come-from-behind W that had fans roaring the roof off the Bell Centre.
Something is happening here, and I don’t know what it is.
The Commenter known as dicktracy (which betrays his age) captured the spirit:
Maybe I’m getting old but as far back as I remember cheering the Habs…1966…all those great teams, players, cups,…I never ever remember being so emotional!
CBC had a great game intro:
In the jam-packed and joyous Canadiens’ room, Mike Cammalleri talked about “playing hockey when you’re a little kid and dreaming about this.”
A dream-like quality has permeated the Canadiens’ postseason – and it’s bringing out the little kid in all of us.
And no one wants to wake up and realize this is an eighth-seed team that barely made the playoffs and had NO F. Chance against Alex Ovechkin and Friends or Sidney Crosby and Friends.
But a couple of funny things happened on the way to an ignominous exit.
The Canadiens got brilliant goaltending from Jaro Halak.
Mike Cammalleri started scoring – 11 of the 34 goals the Canadiens have in the postseason. His game-tying backhander electrified fans who cheered all the way through a commercial timeout, rocking the Bell Centre to such a degree that PA announcer Michel Lacroix had to wait till the end of the break to announce AK46 and Roman Hamrlik had assisted.
Scott Gomez, a graduate of Lou U in New Jersey, began to flash the skill set that made that damn fool Glen Sather sign him to an insane contract.
Max Lapierre, coming off a poor season, is recapturing the form that made him the Canadiens’ most improved player in the ill-starred 2008-’09 season. His goal was the winner, and it came as a result of a brilliant sequence in which Lapierre – trying to eat minutes – made a series of superb, heady plays.
Even Andrei Kostitsyn got into the act in Game 6. Jacques Martin went out of his way to praise the much-maligned AK46 for passes that figured in both both of Cammalleri’s goals. And how about that crunching hit on Jordan Staal?
And the D – suffering a casualty rate to rival Ypres – has found new heroes every night.
Jacques Martin used two pairs to protect his lead in the third period:
• a former undrafted free agent and an untested rookie: Josh Gorges, who played 25:51, and P.K. Subban, who led BOTH TEAMS with 29:11 of ice time.
• the reunited Czech connection: Roman Hamrlik, who looked like a spent force in the latter games of the regular season, and Jaro Spacek, seeing his first action since Game 3 of the Washington series.
In a humane 18:25, Spacek scored a goal, blocked three shots and made some brilliant, extra-effort defensive plays to deny marauding Penguins clear paths to the Canadiens’ goal.
The champs had 37 shots. Jaro Halak is 16-1-1 in games when he faces more than 35.
The Canadiens, Cammalleri said, are “by no means a great team.
“We’re trying to be as good as we can.”
That’s good enough to force a seventh game against a no-longer-swaggering team that really doesn’t want to play one.
Because in Game 7, you never know …
“We’ll be ready,” Martin promised.