Canadiens-Penguins: Habs Lose Game One, Possibly More

April 30th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal — 3 | Pittsburgh — 6

(Mellon Arena) — Penguins lead series 1-0

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"Security is a false God. Begin to make sacrifices to it and you are lost." — Paul Bowles

When you are facing the defending Stanley Cup champions, it's a good idea to be prepared.

For the first 10-12 minutes of the game, the Canadiens did their best to appear that they were ready to play a conference semifinal game.

But when the best player on the team was helped off the ice without putting any weight on his right leg, the Wizard's curtain dropped.

Some will debate the legality of Matt Cooke's hit on Andrei Markov, partly due to Cooke's resume. It wasn't a dirty hit, in my opinion, but neither was it clean hockey contact. Cooke skated from the opposite corner with one intent, and he arrived late.

With Markov out of the game (and possibly longer), the Canadiens had a noticeable letdown. Having been emotionally spent in the series win against Washington, Markov's injury tested their resiliency. Energy seemed to drain out of legs of the Habs' players.

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