It's amazing what this team can do when it's skill vs skill. Too bad we don't always play teams that aren't bruisers. Great game on the whole, though the number of missed chances that made this game go to overtime were ridiculous.
Too bad not every team is smallish skilled teams, or else we'd be in the running for the cup.
Time to get some size in this lineup, because we don't have Chicagos skill level to be competitive while not having a big team.
Chicago has been mean in the past, we just don't meet them enough to experience it firsthand...unlike Vancouver, in which you can count on a Duncan Keith headshot or something...and the Vancouver fans don't mind booing injured Blackhawks...
About the Hawks. Would play a series against them anytime. Especially since it would be the finals and all :-p
Clean team. Great hockey.
Clean team my butt. It's this silly notion that somehow skilled people are nice that I laugh about every time. Brandon Bollig crunched Drew Doughty into the boards recently, and Mr. Duncan Keith has a suspension on his record for taking out another skilled player in Daniel Sedin. The Blackhawks can be a brutal team when they want to be, and and dish it out, even to Boston. When people thought the Blackhawks were trying to play the Bruins' game, they weren't. The Blackhawks are an alpha male team, they'll throw their weight around and they come out on top when they do it...
Are they that good against BOS? Never would have guessed.
What's their record against St Louis and LA?
Against LA, in our last 8 games we are 7-1. The 6-0 beatdown is our only loss.
Against STL, in our last 8 games we are 2-6. (Wins coming in 07 and 08)
Edit: Obviously I had to go back a few years for these results but since some like to point to the last 20 years as failures, I guess I can go back 6 or so years then. Obviously they are the style of play that gives us the most trouble (recent history proves this). Goons for the sake of goons don't generally slow us down. (ex. Bruins style)
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Saturday night... going out after a Habs' game is always TEN TIMES better after a SUPER victory like that one
(thanks to Pleks...thank-you Price...thank-you post...thank-you Markov...just one thing about Markov...I hope he can one day do that - or close to it - during the playoffs...when it really counts!! or else...I will always think of him as a regular season star).
p.s.: kudos to Jagr, but to be honest...I'm a bit pissed off that Jagr passed Mario Lemieux in career NHL pts, but still...Mario (to me) is still the best forward in the history of NHL, imo.
(90s, early 21st century...Mario, Forsberg, Jagr, Yzerman, Messier, Gretzky for pts but was VERY VERY protected unlike Crosby...imo).
(Chi...healthy lineup.... our Habs were missing Galchenyuk and superstar Bouillon, and...we still won!!, but again...I won't brag too much since they hit the post thanks to Bickell in last few minutes and Toews came close to sealing the deal in the end with a gutsy move to the net, but...we won in the end thanks to the Pleks who started that whole attack/offensive danger-threat).
Missed the game guys, we outshot the Champs 38-20 ? Crawford must have played well?
Can anyone give me a quick re-cap?
Habs played an entire 60+ 2 minutes of great hockey.
They skated into the Chicago zone with puck possession, won most battles. Best Habs game of the year.
Crawford made the save of the year on Eller, a must see.
Not one Hab played badly.
Montreal is fine playing Boston in a one game setting.
You play them in a best of seven series, and the Bruins will win it 8 times out of 10.
Habs just aren't big enough or tough enough to compete with the big teams in a best of seven series.
Boston is nowhere near as good as you say they are. The year they won the cup, we brought them to 7 games and if anything, they were the lucky ones (won all 3 OTs). Three of their 4 series ended in 7 games. They aren't the same team but they didn't get significantly better. I think we are better though.
The blues and kings would really destroy us. And we could give Chicago a fight but probably would not beat them.
Boston ? I don't know why people glorify them so much. They are not that good.