The puck drops after midnight UK time, but I'm already in position, watching a rerun of Game 6 with a few adult beverages to warm up, wrapped in my No 33 jersey and almost certain to annoy my neighbours. I feel very confident that we can split the first two again - Hal Skillz has made me a believer.
This was originally posted in the pre-game thread.
Originally Posted by Habs13
Washington out-played Montreal at parts of each of the seven games but weren't consistant... I doubt Pittsburgh comes out that way. Pittsburgh also has four lines that can score, with the third centered by Staal... Fleury is a better 'keeper than either of the Capitals duo, also.
With that said, Montreal played some of the best hockey I've seen from any Habs squad in the past decade during the Washington series, so I'm not counting us out by any means. I think it'll be another long, edge-of-your seat affair and hopefully, we send Sid to play with his arch nemesis, AO on the links.
Per TSN ; "But if all Crosby-vs.-Montreal stats are to be taken into account, then it seems the Habs' best bet will be to shut down No. 87 while he's visiting the Bell Centre.
In the eight games he's played in Montreal, Crosby has put up two goals and five assists. That's still almost a point per game, but both of those goals came in Crosby's first game in Montreal way back in 2005 - he has zero goals in seven games there since."
Montreal was 1-3-0 against the Pens and were outscored 15-9 in the four regular season games we played against Pittsburgh this year. But Montreal has been amazing so far in the post-season, and not so good at times during the regular season. So, I don't read too much into those stats.