NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Could Montreal Canadiens’ Luck Run Out?

May 16th, 2010 by Neil Grewal Leave a reply »
With the Eastern Conference Finals beginning today, we get to see two teams that were not expected to make it this far in the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens. This also marks the first time in NHL history that a conference finals sees both the seventh and eighth seed playing for a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.

With everybody talking about the unexpected Habs and the miracle run that they've been on, there are a number of reasons why they could be facing a much tougher test in Philadelphia.

Of course, the Canadiens defeated the best team in the league in Washington and then went on to defeat the defending Stanley Cup Champions. But could Philadelphia put up a much tougher test for the Canadiens? I think so.

Phildelphia plays a different style of game than both Washington and Pittsburgh. Both of their offenses relied on the play of their star players (Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Semin for the Capitals, Crosby and Malkin for the Penguins).

This allowed Montreal to concentrate the core of defense on them. The less room that they had to play, the chance that Washington and Pittsburgh had to play. Hal Gill showed how good of a shutdow ...

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