Rabid Habs

Do or Die…Again!

Habs Lars Eller vs New York Rangers' Dan Boyle

Habs fans around the world will be tuned in to their tv’s, live streams or even radio, to catch the second elimination game of this series. Nerves will be shot and the anxiety will be high for players and fans alike when the puck drops. 

After a dominating 7-4 win on Tuesday night, the Montreal Canadiens will look for the same offensive outburst in game 6 if they want to return to the Bell Centre Saturday for a game 7.

Rene Bourque, a constant critics gold mine, exploded for a hat trick, notching his 8th goal in the post season, one shy of his regular season mark. Some nifty shots and a never say die attitude propelled the 32 year old to the 1st star of the game, diminishing the hate for the time being. 

Rookie backstop, Dustin Tokarski, who allowed 4 goals, was also outstanding, making some key saves when called upon. If not for a sudden collapse of the entire team, Dustin would have most likely posted a shutout, or at least something very close. If the Habs want to stand a chance in Madison Square Garden, they’ll need another stand out game from the 24 year old goalie. 

Shadowed in the victory was a concussion to breakout energy guy, Dale Weise. He was hit with a blind sided check, eerily similar to the one Brandon Prust was suspended for earlier in the series. The Safety department did suspend the offending John Moore for two games, the exact sentence Prust served. One mistake made however, was the non fine or suspension to Derek Dorsett, who not only “snow showered” the Montreal bench in pregame, resulting in a flag bearer being knocked over. He head butted Mike Weaver, than proceeded to challenge Rene Bouque like a wild man with no sense of logic. 

With Prust back in the lineup, the Habs will have that energy they will miss due to the Weise injury. They also will have him play the “enforcer” role if Dorsett feels he should play the same way with nonsense antics, something the Habs are all too familiar with. 

Playing from behind seems to be this teams saving grace, winning both elimination games this spring. Also in their favour is the fact they swept Tampa and beat the President trophy winning Boston Bruins in a gruesome, hate filled 7 game series. With no Carey Price at the helm, and missing top 4 d-man Alexei Emelin, they will look to some solid veterans and breakout rookies for support. 

The clock is ticking on the Habs season, the pressure is on. Winning the most games in a post-season since their last cup win in ’93, Le Bleu Blanc et Rouge will have the faith and strong belief from an entire fan base that they can tie this series and bring it home for game 7, a situation that will bring much more white knuckles and frantic moments fans of this team have not experienced since 1993. 

 

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