We HAVE to avoid the Caps. The whole Huet vs Price angle will be absolutely intolerable and just too much of a distraction. The media will FEAST on that every single day. Then you consider we have to face Ovechkin with Komisarek banged up. On top of all that, Washington will be hotter than a firecracker and will have NOTHING to lose.
Tanking is for the weak. If we can't beat Washington we have no chance at the cup anyways.
You have to beat the best to be the best. The habs have had nothing to lose all year and Carbo would be smart to try and keep that same mindset into the playoffs. They are a good team and a young team that will only get better. Have fun and play hard, if another team is better over 7 games, you learn from it and work on your weaknesses to avoid it next year.
Last game before playoffs I expect the Habs to come out flying so they can ride high into the first round. I couldn't care less where the leafs draft, they'd probably screw it up anyway...