Eastern Conference Final Game 3: Win Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace

May 19th, 2010 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens have had their heads handed to them in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals. Cinderella's slipper has been dropped and smashed by a Chris Pronger lead defense and big, career third string goalie, Michael Leighton.

The Canadien's, who seemed to get every break in the first two rounds, have found the Philadelphia defense and Michael Leighton notoriously stingy with chances. Montreal's power play that was potent versus Washington (6/30) and productive against Pittsburgh (5/22) has been stopped in the first two games in Philadelphia (0/8).

More disturbing has been the quantity of penalties (10) and power play goals (4) the Habs have given up themselves in the first two games.

Montreal has been relying on what has been dubbed a rope a dope tactic. For Ali in Zaire against George Foreman, it was unbeatable. He simply waited for Foreman to punch himself out and then finished him.

In hockey there is no knockout. It's not, generally, last goal wins. A Flyer team tired from all the scoring and skating they've done is not likely to be beaten by a goal late in the gam ...

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