What worked against the Caps, strategy-wise, that you think won't against the Penguins? Also, what would be the Pens' weaknesses?
Also, I knew we could break Ovechkin's mind. That kid is playing like a Rock-Star wannabe, not a true hero. He doesn't accept it when he is frustrated, and still tries. A true Hockey Hero accepts when he's having a bad game, and know that it's time to do passes rather than be the Star.
Ovechkin is ego-driven. What about Crosby? Can we break the Golden Boy like we broke The Ovech-King?
Game 1 In Pittsburgh Friday April 30 at 7 p.m.
Game 2 In Pittsburgh Sunday May 2 at 2 p.m.
Game 3 in Montreal Tuesday May 4
Game 4 in Montreal Thursday May 6
Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Bill Guerin
Alex Ponikarovsky Evgeni Malkin Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke Jordan Staal Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp Craig Adams Max Talbot
Brooks Orpik Sergei Gonchar
Mark Eaton Kris Letang
Alex Goligoski Jay McKee
Fedotenko has been out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. Kennedy will play if he is healthy. If not Kennedy then Conner played in game 6 against the Sens. Talbot has been playing with Geno on the 2nd line. Leopold should be good to go instead of McKee.
I watched the Montreal Washington series, and what an epic one it was. Big congratulations! (I must admit seeing the Caps eliminated like that was very, very, fine indeed!)
If Halak stands on his head like that again, the habs are going to give our team fits. But I sincerely believe Crosby, Malkin, and even Fleury, not mention everyone else, are going to be very fired up and motivated for this series --
What I am very worried about is that Crosby and co. play a different STYLE of hockey. Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin seem to have zero hockey sense, they try the same 40-foot wrist shot/snap shot off individual rushes over and over again. They don't trying to work the boards or getting dirty goals. They never adjusted their game plan and Boudreau wasn't smart enough to see their weaknesses. The Habs kept blocking their perimeter shots too.
You can bet that Sidney Crosby will work the boards and take it to the net. This style of hockey is much effective in the playoffs and against goalies in general.
Halak doesn't have good career numbers against Pittsburgh but he HAS to be the Canadiens' best player or they will lose.
However, anything can happen...and I'd seriously be so happy if the Pens get eliminated. Screw Bettman!!!!
Since this team took down the president trophy winners that scored 318 goals in the regular season, I genuinely believe they stand an excellent chance against the Penguins. Halak was unreal, and hopefully he carried all this momentum into the second round. Think the Habs could pull a 2006 Oilers season? I do!
Great start against the Caps, the Habs will be really in tough to beat the Pens who are more defensively sound than the Caps are as well as have great forwards. Honestly I think many fans would agree with me in saying that the Penguins are the favorites, but that said the Habs have a big of mystique going and if they were to somehow beat the Penguins I'd assume that the Ghosts are up to their old tricks again and we might be seeing the beginning of a Cup run.
For Habs fans this must have been a tremendous night so just want to make sure ya'll know it's okay to gloat no matter what the monkeys on HF boards think.
PS: Any Habs fans out there still think Price will be on the Habs next year still?
I watched both series and thought the reffing was terrible in both, but it went against the Habs worse ... I'm not sure what Sens fans were fishing for -- more disallowed Pens goals and Sens 5 on 3s?
I don't think any Sens fan here said anything about the Sens-Pens series being reffed worse than the Habs-Caps series. They were both atrociously biased towards the American teams. Habs had to deal with the Caps running Halak, while the Sens had to deal with Talbot diving like a sissy and Sens players getting 4 minute highsticking penalties where there were no highsticks.
Pens, boy oh boy. Another very talented team we're going to face. I think its possible, but its probably going to be another long series, a good one too.
Bad part is, Crosby, Malkin, Gonchar and co. Lots of talent mostly on offense.
Good part is, we wont face 40+ shots like vs the Caps. Good part is, their goalie is a question mark, we know it. We'll probably be able to live of our momentum, and stay out of our zone more often. Let's also hope that Pens get a bit rusty, as we often see in the series when teas win early. We're still red hot!
My prediction, Habs in 7 again.
Bring on the Pens.