It was inevitable. Montreal had Tim Peel. He's just a pain when then Habs play.
Besides, it's the playoffs. Did you think the refs would call everything? It's been that way for years, and years and years. Nothing has changed. Suck it up and man it up.
Our defensive corps is weak and that weakness needs to be addressed. I agree with Serge Savard. This team is small. They will have choices to make this summer. I think some players will leave come draft weekend. And to get some solid players, we will have in turn let go of some pretty interesting lads.
I had predicted a 5-game series for the Hens. Those who wanted to face them instead of the Laffs had not clue. The Hens play in my backyard. They are not a 7th place team. They are a better structured team. This team has been playing the same system for 2 seasons. It knows how to play a tight structured game. Montreal doesn't yet. They have way too many passengers. The Hens don't. They know how to play a tight checking game because, like the Habs of the 80's-90's, they don't have a powerhouse of an attack, like the Pens. They are boring to watch on a regular basis. But they have character players and they have the best coach in the league right now. I would have faced the Laffs any day of the week.
I'm not dissapointed, as I had predicted that outcome. I sense this team needs much more tweaking, size-wise. Not talent-wise. I'm sorry to say, but I think a guy like Gorges might be traded. I believe a guy like Diaz is playing his last games as a Hab. He's just plain soft. And the same could be said of Markov, who's like Bobby Orr, circa 1980. He just can't skate anymore. C'est pénible.
They signed Desharnais long term. I don't see them trading him, unfortunately. He's worthless. I see Gio leaving and don't be surprised to see Plekanec leave also.
The Habs were not a 2nd place team. And the Hens were not a 7th place team.
That's about game set and match. On top of us not being a 2nd place team, we were hurt and still getting hurt. But you are always hurt when you are the ones who keeps being hit. And who are generally too soft to absorb it. Mind you, Prust isn't soft. But he's amongst the only one who was trying to always get bigger than him. And he's hurt....obviously. Moen didn't help Prust all year long. And we have nobody else. So Prust will overdo it and guess what...he's overdone. We love Prust. We do. But if he doesn't get any help, he won't be helpful. And I keep saying that this D makes NO sense. Bouillon, Diaz, Gorges and Markov CANNOT be 4/6 of your team. Makes no sense.
I make no secret of the fact that I hate the "kicking motion" rule. The rule used to be and should still be, if it's off the attacker's skate, no goal. Black & white, no room for this kind of ******** that turns games in the playoffs. If you don't get your stick on the puck, too bad, it don't count.
And I tried posting this on the main board but of course just got called a ******** Habs fan. This place gets really nasty during the playoffs.
I hate the kicking rule but the other way. I see no reason to disallow a goal that simply deflects off a skate. But I agree that it is too difficult to tell these things - so I go the other way and say, let kicking goals be ok, what's the harm.
There was one play that I had a hard time digesting. Desharnais and Gallagher were fighting in the corner for the puck against Cowen, who is a foot taller than them, while Pacioretty is cruising in the periphery....
I know he's playing hurt, but when he's a liability, I'd rather have him sit than take weak shots in the periphery and not crash the net...
You know, about the Senators' attitude... being a primary rival of the Canadiens means your team makes more money. Because you can charge extra for the games, Habs fan base travels, they'll buy your concessions in your arena, etc...
So, basically, the Senators are trying to raise their profile here. The bad news for that is, I don't think Phoenix can hold on to their team and Seattle doesn't seem to be getting that team, so it's probable the Nordiques will be back and then we'll go back to not caring about the Sens.
And oh yeah, series is 3-1, we have two games at home. All we need is win one in their barn and win both of our home games. We'll win the series if it makes it to game 7.