Uh-oh!

Down three games to none.

Down 3-0 in the seventh game.

They’re like Rasputin (only more evil).

Whatever, it’s Canadiens vs. Flyers for a ticket to the Big Dance.

The team that qualified for the playoffs on the last Saturday of the regular season vs. the team that sneaked in on Sunday.

So everyone knows about Chris Pronger, Mike Richards and Simon Gagné.

Add the surprise of the playoffs: Daniel Brière.

And two really good young ‘uns: Claude Giroux and James Van Riemsdyk.

But no R.J.F. Umberger.

Or Martin Biron.

The last playoff game between these teams was on May 3, 2008.

It did not go well.

The aforementioned Umberger scored twice in a 6-4 Flyers’ win at the Bell Centre, and the first-place regular season team went home.

The last regular-season meeting was the first of back-to-back shutouts Jaro Halak hung on the Flyers and Sabres in early April.

I would have preferred Boston, for sentimental and strategic reasons.

But in the words of every second person you meet these days, it is what it is.

Sunday night at the Wachovia Center.

Fasten your chinstraps.

•  •  •

Possible stress point for the Flyers?

An overworked four-man D.

Pronger played a superhuman 31:42 in Game 7. Matt Carle’s ToI was 26:55, Kimmo Timonene’s 26:06 and Braydon Coburn clocked 24:46.

Th number 5 and 6 D, Andreas Nodl and Ryan Parant, played 6:09 and 2:21 respectively.

And this was aaginst the Boston Bruins, a team that can’t score at the best of times and certainly couldn’t without Marco Sturm and David Krecji.

Pronger may find 32 minutes will seem longer against Cammalleri, Gionta, Gomez, Plekanec, AK46 …. to to mention P.K.

•  •  •

What’s with the Bruins and Too Many Men penalties at the most inopportune moments?

 

 

99 Comments

  1. shootdapuck says:

    Bingo! Melrose and EJ (moron) Radick both picked Philly!

    In seven!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  2. Tis Himself says:

    Mathematically, they are equivalent statements.

  3. jew4jah says:

    violence is never the answer, unless the question is what’s never the answer.

  4. Bill says:

    “The greater the odds, the greater the glory” … sounds like Shakespeare: “The fewer men, the greater share of honour”.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  5. Tis Himself says:

    Hey, the greater the odds, the greater the glory! At least we actually have some skin in the game for a change and the guys wearing our uniforms are men!

  6. HardHabits says:

    If the Habs lose the series I am going to give the mother of all reverse mea culpas, the ever so dastardly told-you-so. 😉

    Habs still the underdogs.  As well, Philly is on a roll coming back down 3-0 in games and then from 3-0 in game 7. Unreal choke by the Bruins. It only gets tougher for the Habs from here on in. Even if the Habs beat the Flyers, then it’s either the Sharks or Hawks. Yikes!!!!

    Flyers in 6.

    Then again I called Caps in 6 and Pens in 6.

    Oh my. Not another 7 game series.

  7. habsfaninboston says:

    I definitely think they can. Just wondering how others felt.

  8. Keith says:

    Yeah, Filthy fans are such cretins.

  9. Tis Himself says:

    Still a success, but why would you think that they can’t beat the Flyers?

  10. Chuck says:

    This just in: Sales of batteries in the metro Philadelphia area on the rise…

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  11. habsfaninboston says:

    Just wondering, will this team be considered a failure if we don’t beat Philly after beating the number 1 & 2 seeds.

  12. shootdapuck says:

    They got “Boone’s favorite Goons” !

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  13. MikeMcLaren says:

    I invite the pundits to continue to explain why the Montreal Canadiens cannot beat the Philadelphia Flyers.

    They couldn’t beat the President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals (‘Caps in three’)

    They couldn’t beat the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

    And yet here we are.  The 19th overall team in the league playing the 18th overall team in the league for the right to play for Lord Stanley’s mug.

    Should be a fun one.  Can’t wait to hear how the Canadiens won’t possibly beat a team of destiny like the Flyers.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  14. Chuck says:

    I’d be highly surprised if it doesn’t go seven. Neither of these teams have shown any quit this postseason.

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  15. Tis Himself says:

    Yep, being able to count, counts!

  16. Tis Himself says:

    Hey, trying to win the Stanley Cup is not an endeavor for pussies! We have beaten better teams than the Flyers in the last two rounds. And, we will beat them in the next round. Over the last two series, unexpected by all but a few, these guys have become the Montreal Canadiens. If they think they are the Montreal Canadiens, there is a damn good chance that they will play like Montreal Canadiens. It’s all about their heads right now!

  17. showey47 says:

     The bulldogs  won tonight in overtime scoring on the powerplay because of a too many men penalty. Seems to be the theme of the evening.

  18. Y says:

    I don’t like this matchup at all.

    I’ll be happy if we don’t lose anyone to some cheap shot or blind side hit.

    Tough to call this one…

  19. 4227fan says:

    Crap, could be another 7 gamer

  20. Tis Himself says:

    The long awaited gelling has occurred and, in concert with the full deployment of The System, will undo the Flyers. I never thought the Habs would have gotten past Game 5 against the Caps. As a result, I have given up thinking for the next month!

  21. sidhu says:

    Not worried — Michael Leighton is like a 3rd or 4th stringer.

    Plus they must be physically drained.

    Habs in 6.

  22. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Both team have to travel.  Bring ’em on.

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  23. tricolortrue says:

    I’m afraid of Philly’s physicality. they will try and beat down our smurfs and we know that Pitt or Wash weren’t that physical. so the key is to pepper Leighton because I don’t think he’s  a great goalie, and certainly no better than Fleury and we know how that went. habs need to stay out of the box because Philly scorest the 2nd most PP goals, during the season. so discipline is key and habs need to get their own PP going.

  24. likehoy says:

    note to philly, don’t try to elminate the habs by winning 4 games.

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  25. josh89 says:

    I was hoping to play the Bruins too.. But the Habs are definitely a much better team than the last time they faced the flyers in the playoffs. Even so, this may be the toughest series yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLoNCTe8cF4   <– 2010 habs playoff mash up

     

    GO HABS GO

  26. ArmyFan says:

    A few good things about facing Philly and not Boston:

    1) Goaltending is questionable.  Sure, Leighton has played well the past couple of games, but Boston is not exactly an offensive juggernaut.  And they did get 3 goals on him tonight (before pooping the bed).  And 2 decent games does not a stellar goaltender make.  From a goaltending perspective, I like shooting against Leighton as compared with Rask.

    2) Already mentioned, but Montreal’s strategy to date of focusing on the key players works better with Philly than it would have with Boston.  Stay focused on Briere, Gagne, and Richards – shut them down, and the rest falls into place.

    3)  Pronger is old and getting slow.  The guy’s still a great defenceman, but not as strong against a rushing team like Montreal, where speed kills.  He’s the linchpin of their D, so this bodes well for the Habs.

    4) Philly has had trouble staying out of the box, and are undisciplined.  Any remaining bias the officials have against Mtl should be more than outweighed by the cement-head antics of guys like Hartnell.

    And…..I’m spent. Done. 

  27. habsoul says:

    Awful lot of confidence here! I think it’s going to another long, tough series.

    To succeed, the Habs have to continue feeling like their the underdogs.

    The keys, as before, are Halak, continued scoring from our little big guns, and the ability of the coaching staff to adjust to the Flyers style.

    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  28. habs001 says:

    flyers will not be as easy as some posters think..we should win…the 1-0 win in philly was nice but most people forgot that in the third we were dominated as badly as i have ever seen a team dominated

  29. Harani says:

    Habs in 4. Our boys will be ready! 

    On a side note, people did have the Flyers penciled in really high in the East just to see them squeak into 7th by winning in a shootout. 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  30. RetroMikey says:

    Flyers?  Gulp! 

    Big is better as they say, but let;s hope as the old saying goes,….speed kills!

    My prediction………Canadiens in six, we are just getting better and better and the Flyers Cinderellla season is coming to an end.

    Fkyers with Hartnall, Pronger and Carcillo to name a few will play goon hockey as the old Flyers.

    But it will be payback time for our mighty Habs, nothing will stop our rejuvenated team to make ot to the final!

    What a playoff season it has been for our team!

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  31. rbby_habs says:

    This will be a tough series guys.  The habs used the same strategy w/ Wash & Pitts, and used that same strategy over 2 series, that they perfected it. 

    But now, Philly is a completely different beast.  A more grinding hard hitting team, and arguably a stronger defensive core thane Wash and Pitts;  the habs will have to make some adjustments.  Hopefully they can transition into a different strategy. 

     

  32. mrhabby says:

    flyers have alot of momentum..watch out for all the cheap shots to try and slow us down. iam expecting lots of penalties against both teams.

  33. mrhabby says:

    iam excited but really nervous about this match up.  i think back to the 2 games before the Olympics in which the greasy flyers manhandled us easily.

  34. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    It’s probably dangerous that I see the Flyers as a cakewalk compared to the Caps and Pens…..but I really do.  It’ll be really strange coming into a series where Montreal aren’t the clear underdogs, but hopefully it’ll be business as usual for the well-rested Habs.

    There’s just no way Leighton turns into Halak this series……right?……right?


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