Montreal’s 2-1 Victory over Washington Epitomizes Stanley Cup Playoffs

April 29th, 2010 by Jo-Ryan Salazar Leave a reply »
Let's make things perfectly clear: I follow the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are already in offseason mode, and thankfully they remain the only team in Southern California to have lifted the Stanley Cup. I, for one, hop it stays that way.

But if you were to ask me which NHL team based in Canada I would support, it's the Montreal Canadiens. I remember when the Long Beach Ice Dogs played at the Arena in my home town, and during their final days they were affiliated with the Canadiens. I don't follow them as much as I do the Ducks, and no, I do not consider myself a fairweather supporter. I am honest when I say I am, and a club that has hoisted a bevy of Stanley Cup banners-24 of them, based on my last count-deserves my deepest appreciation and support.

It doesn't matter whether they finish at the first or eighth (in this case) in the NHL Eastern Conference standings; the Canadiens (or Habs, for all you anglophone whippersnappers) will be the Canadiens.

Last night, Montreal showed the whole world the epitome of the unpredictable madness that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs with their 2-1 victory over the top-seeded Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quar ...

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