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Habs' #1 priority: Score a goal

May 20, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

Here’s the quote of the day,
courtesy of Montreal forward Tomas Plekanec
:

“The most important thing is get the lead and see how
they react to it,” said Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec. “We haven’t
had the lead yet.”

Getting a lead is certainly
important, but actually scoring a goal would be nice.

Except
Plekanec is right, in a way, in that getting an early goal would the
Habs in the role they’re most comfortable in: protecting a lead while
frustrating their opponent. So far, the Flyers have worked that method
to perfection against the Canadiens and it certainly seems as if the
Habs are far from comfortable when they have to come from behind to win a
game.

Going down 2-0 in the series isn’t exactly horrible for
this team, as they’ve come from behind twice already to win series
against the Capitals and the Penguins, but I doubt we would see two
teams in the same year come back from 3-0 in a playoffs series.

The
Habs will also be making a few lineup changes, putting in defenseman
Ryan O’Byrne and sitting Sergei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche.

  1. David Sanchez - May 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    The Habs better do something. They were completely flat in game 1, but really stepped their game up for the second match-up. Unfortunately even with an elevated game they couldn’t put the puck in the net, nor could they stop the offensive power of the Flyers.
    The Habs have already readjusted, but it didn’t help. Let’s see if they can put the puck in the net during the all-out onslaught that they attempt at the beginning of the game. If the Flyers can survive the Habs’ first big rush, the momentum may be tilted too far toward Philly for the Habs to recover.
    As a Flyers fan, I’m looking for the games in Montreal to split, with the win to end the series happening back in Philly. I think that a Philly/Chicago cup series could be a lot of fun to watch, but let’s take one game at a time :)

  2. Jonny5 - May 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Well, not only do they need to score a goal, but they’ll need to score about 5 of them to win against the Flyers the way they’re playing lately. Looking at the last 6 games (wins btw) they avg 4 per. The most dangerous team in the NHL is Philly right now, hands down. If the Habs want to win they need to win the battle in front of their own net more than anything.

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