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10-28-2008, 12:27 PM
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That's great, because in all honesty, I feel that if they dominate the other team like they had Philly and they get a reasonable of puck luck, their odds of losing that series are very low.
The problem against Philly wasn't about getting "slapped around", it was about RJ Umberger and the Flyers getting an improbable run of puck luck on deflections and bounces whereas the Habs could not buy a goal. With the amount of puck possession and scoring chances the Habs had, even reasonable puck luck would've seen them win the series regardless of any woes Carey Price might have suffered.
The whole go-to-the-net thing was completely overblown by people looking for a comforting, familiar explanation because they were unwilling to admit the truth: that puck luck was the major factor. But "luck" is a dirty word even in a game played on a slippery and degrading surface with a bouncy rubber object.
Philly was a typical Cinderella team (albeit a better one than usual) that lost horribly as soon as their luck ran out -- to the Penguins, whose scorers are not really tougher than Montreal's.
That explanation is a classic case of going from the result (Montreal lost) and going back to find causes that sound plausible (lack of toughness) even if they're not borne out on the ice, which tends to happen a lot. In reality, Philly didn't actually go to the net more than Montreal, they didn't have the puck enough that they could, that wasn't really the factor. The puck would just go in more for them.
Gotta agree here...anytime the Habs lose to known physical teams, the reason is always that they got pushed around. Anyone watching last years series vs. the Flyers could of realized that being pushed around was not why the Habs lost and it surely wasnt why they lost vs. Anaheim
and I agree with the poster above me, you nailed it right on the head and put it eloquently!
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