2010 NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins’ Keys To Defeating the Montreal Canadiens

April 29th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
The eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens made a statement that resonated loud and clear in their dramatic upset of the top-seeded Washington Capitals.

Do not underestimate us.

I admit it, I was among the many who saw the Capitals/Canadiens match-up at the start of the playoffs, and gave the Canadiens five, definitely no more than six games, before the Caps would take the series.

While many people could fairly argue that the Caps were the overall "better team," this series exposed precisely what the Caps were doing wrong against the Canadiens, ultimately leading to their shortened playoff life.

Comments from Caps' head coach Bruce Boudreau and captain Alex Ovechkin illustrate that overconfidence, and underestimating the Canadiens definitely had a hand in this, among many other details.

We already know that the upset definitely won't boost the Pens' confidence, so here's what the team needs to keep in mind if they want to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals:

1. Put a body on the Canadiens

I cannot emphasize this enough because I think if the Caps did just that, they would be facing Philadelphia ...

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