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03-30-2011, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by sheed36 View Post
The last 10 games before the playoffs is when teams normally step up their games but unfortunately the Habs look to have quit..
We're used to thinking that. What we're not used to is these being the least important games of the year.

Seriously. Even with the win tonight, for Carolina to pass the Habs remains a very long shot. The Habs might have had an outside chance to advance in the standings but that was also a long shot. The reality is that they're more or less playing for seeding at this point and there's just not much seeding to be had. So really these games are much less meaningful than they were previously, when the team was life and death to make the playoffs every year and had to do a late charge just to make it in, year after year.

Another point. Sometimes things just don't go you way. A team that quits doesn't throw 40+ shots on net, period. But sometimes you can play okay and lose 6-2. That's just the way hockey goes sometimes. They weren't world-beaters when they beat Minnesota 8-1 either. I hate how everyone is so conditioned to evaluate a team's effort level and quality of game by the final score. Hockey just doesn't work that way.

That said, I'd like to see Weber go in and one of the pylons come out.

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