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Habs Win! Get ready for late-night honking and flag-waving as Playoff season approaches

Posted by Andrés / April 5, 2011

20110405_canadiens.jpgThe Canadiens are in the playoffs.* Tonight's 2-1 win against last year's Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, ensures the red-white-and-blue will play in the first round. Who they will play is now up to the next two games. If the standings remain as they are, they face their arch-rivals, the Boston Bruins. Such a meeting in the first round would surely be filled with drama: amplified by the Chara/Pacioretty affair earlier this year.

I, for one, wouldn't mind falling back in the standings to avoid such a confrontation. The weakest of our three possible rivals could, surprisingly, be the Philadelphia Flyers. They defeated us in the Eastern Conference finals last year. While their season has been spectacular, their recent record (3-4-3) has shown a team faltering in the run-up to the Playoffs.

As for tonight's game, it's a good thing that Subban draws as many penalties as he concedes. Despite going to the box twice, his exaggerated fall in overtime drew the penalty that allowed him the winning slapshot goal in a 4-on-3 situation. Despite getting the game's first star, the real stars were Carey Price and Chicago goalie (and Chateauguay native) Corey Crawford. Their performances were top notch against two teams heavy on the offensive. Price stopped 42 shots. One notable save stood up to video review, as he gently tapped away the puck before falling back into his own net.

In the last few games, Montreal has shown a considerable improvement in energy. This had been lacking for a long stretch due to some injuries and roster shuffling. Gomez, in particular, who has been much criticized for his meager performance this season, has upped his game. The next two regular season games should allow the Canadiens' players to fine-tune their chemistry before the playoffs, with a little less pressure now that they've made them.

* We technically have only achieved a playoff berth, which means 9th seed Carolina would have to win all their games in order to tie with us, and would need to have a +13 goal differential in those three games in order to oust us. This is also considering we lose all our next games. (see comments below)

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12 Comments

Will / April 6, 2011 at 10:59 am
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Subban is awesome!
Laurent / April 6, 2011 at 04:24 pm
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Actually they did reach a playoff spot as head-to-head record is more important than goal differential for the tie breaker.
Andrés / April 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm
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Laurent, you have schooled me and are absolutely correct. Goal differential is the third criteria after wins and head-to-head record. Thanks for the clarification.
hodahoda22 / April 24, 2016 at 09:51 am
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www.arabq.com/vb/showthread.php?p=434264
http://www.moffed.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=44&;t=7664
hodahoda22 / April 24, 2016 at 09:52 am
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