Tuesday April 26, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
As I sat in the ER with my feverish 1 year old son, it was all about perspective. What matters in life? What is important? Now don’t worry, my son is fine. It was just a “Better safe than sorry” trip. He’s never been sick before, so it was nice to receive some professional advise.
Now, as I sit here writing this post, it remains all about perspective. What does this game mean? Short term, long term?
The past is gone, but still remains on everyone’s mind. I am of course, speaking of Jaroslav Halak and the excitement that was last year’s playoff run. Was it a mistake to trade him? Will Carey Price be all that Habs fans’ hope, and certainly feel that they deserve?
My stance on this is now and always has been, Halak Shmalak. Maybe he’s getting better at golf right now.
This leads us to…
A loss tonight ends the Habs season. A win sends them back to Boston for game 7, where they have played their best hockey of the post season. There WILL be big games tonight. Names I expect to be huge tonight include Gomez, Gionta, Subban and Eller. If these for guys have big games while the Bruins play shutdown against the Plekanec/Cammalleri line, it will end in a win.
On the perspective front, the Habs have played very well this post season. Better than expected? Not to me, but I’ll leave that up to the individual to decide. It’s been fine, but at what point is “fine” no longer enough?
Carey Price IS the man. He WILL BE the man for many years to come. His contract extension WILL NOT be left to free agency. He will be signed before the end of next season, if not in this coming off season.
There are many Habs prospects that need to be used in some way, some how. These will be listed as Keepers or Trade Bait.
Max Pacioretty – Keeper
Max has finally become the player he was supposed to be. If not for the hit heard around the world, he would have really been a force for the Habs in these playoffs. He will be a top six forward with the Habs for a loooooooong time.
David Desharnais – Keeper
This kid, although injured, has shown the kind of heart that the Montreal Canadiens have been dying for. Whether it’s winning a board battle with Zdeno Chara or winning a race for a puck against Brad Marchand, this kid has won the hearts of Habs fans everywhere.
Lars Eller – Keeper
The big piece of the Halak trade, Lars has had a so-so season but has had a couple coming out parties against the rival Bruins this year. The first was a 2 goal performance in the regular season, (yes it was “the Pacioretty game”) and the second was Saturday night. The assist on Halpern’s goal was nice, but it was the way he obtained it that was so impressive. Hard board battling, mixed with wonderful stick handling, had the Bruins looking skyward and Habs fans picking their jaws up off the ground. This kid is only getting better, and better, and better….
Ryan White – Keeper
A cannonball on the fourth line. Nothing else needs to be said. He can’t go anywhere.
Nigel Dawes – Trade Bait
Nigel is lighting it up with the Bulldogs this year. As such some offers should come in for the talented forward. What do the Habs need? A Nathan Horton type, that’s who.
Aaron Pulashaj – Trade Bait
I like Aaron. I really do. But who’s spot is he going to take? See what you can get for him.
There are others. Andreas Enqvist, Danny Kristo, etc. but the jury is still out, and I will reserve judgement until a later time.
For now, THERE’S A SERIES TO WIN!!!!!!!!!
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Max Pacioretty (Broken Neck)
- Alex Picard (Foot)
- David Desharnais (knee injury – game time decision)
- James Wisneiwski (back injury – game time decision)
- Benoit Pouliot (healthy scratch)
- Marc Savard
Keys to the Game
This Habs team has made a living winning when their backs are against the wall. Guess what? Right now their backs are against the Berlin Wall and it’s about to fall again. Pick up your sledgehammers boys! You’re going to work.
With the Bruins playing a shutdown role against the Plekanec/Cammalleri line, it will be up to Gomez, Gionta, Subban, and Eller to carry the offensive load. I think they are more than capable.
Montreal 5 – Boston 2