The Montreal Canadiens capped a comeback for the ages with a 2-1 win over Washington in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canadiens may have been outplayed in the last few games but in the playoffs, its the results that matter and its the little things that matter. The overwhelming stat that defined this series was Montreal’s 41 blocked shots in game 7 alone. Just to give readers an idea as to how much this team cares, 15 different players contributed to that total of 41; that’s a lot of guys laying their bodies on the line for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge. Ultimately, like most playoff series’, this one came down to the 2 things every team needs to succeed in the playoffs. SPECIAL TEAMS & GOALTENDING.
SPECIAL TEAMS – Habs had 6 PPG in the series, while the Caps were 1 for 33 in the 7 games.
GOALTENDING – Halak was huge for Montreal in this series and was the difference maker.
In addition to Halak; Gorges and Gill were phenomenal on defense. O’Byrne is playing like a veteran. Gionta and Gomez look like the guys that won a cup in Jersey. Dominic Moore has been a great addition. Cammalleri was fantastic with 5 goals and 10 points in the series. There were just so many guys that elevated their game, and it makes me proud to see how proud these players are to be members of the Montreal Canadiens. On the contrary, Washington fans have to be disappointed with some of their stars. Semin didn’t score a goal in the series and has probably played his last game in a Caps uniform; Green was very average during the series and was actually detrimental to Washington in game 7; and this just in, there is a special edition Ovechkin GPS Navigation System hitting stores tomorrow, regardless of where you are headed, it tells you to stay in the left lane and cut into the middle no matter what.
In closing, congrats to Jacques Martin and the Habs for making us believe in this team once again. Remember – if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Bring on the defending champs!
GO HABS GO!
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.