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Discuss: Senators finish off Habs in five games

May 9, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens were one of the surprise stories of the 2013 season, but it all came crashing down against a team that defied even bigger odds. The Ottawa Senators finished the Habs off 4-1 in their first-round series thanks to a 6-1 win on Thursday.

Let’s discuss it.

  • Where would you rank Craig Anderson among the remaining playoff goalies after his masterful work in this series. He was clearly the No. 1 difference-maker in these five games.
  • Should Habs fans look back at this finish as merely a tough break or a foreboding sign of the future? A squad that seemed to play over their heads, going 4-6-0 in their last 10 regular season games before getting booted in these five games.
  • How long of a summer was this for Carey Price? He didn’t even get to play in net during Montreal’s final contest.
  • Michel Therrien enjoyed a masterful season that ended horribly. Will Canadiens fans and the press give him some leeway or will the heat turn up quickly if 2013-14 begins with a whimper?
  • So, is it already safe to say that the Erik Karlsson gamble paid off for Ottawa?
  • How much credit does Sens head coach Paul MacLean deserve?
  • Finally, are the Senators a dangerous opponent for the East’s top seed in round two or could this Cinderella run fall short?
  • Just in case you’re wondering after all the drama, coaches MacLean and Therrien did shake hands after the series was over. They didn’t hug it out, though.
  1. nesuperfan - May 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    The Canadians looked like they expended so much energy at the end of the season to win the division, they were spent for the playoffs.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Agreed. As soon as they locked up the division they totally crapped out. The team pre divison lockup and post division lockup are a night and day difference.

      • homelanddefense - May 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        they went 4-6 in their last 10. They crapped out well before they locked up the division (which didnt happen until after they played their last game) The Bruins were just worse at the end.

      • chanceoffleury1 - May 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Gah, I didn’t mean lock up division, I meant when they locked up a playoff spot. My bad.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 10, 2013 at 5:01 AM

      The Canadians simply don’t have the players needed to battle in the playoffs. Their D unit is average at best, and the team is too small and not tough enough as a whole. As good as Price can be at times he is too inconsistent. The team needs more tweaking and their younger players still need time to mature.

    • dolanster - May 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Boston’s strategic decision to tank the last game and take the Leafs for a 1st round opponent looking brilliant. Congrats on your NE Div ‘championship’ Habs. ; )

  2. nunan - May 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Habsman?

    • lordstanley65 - May 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      He’s been hiding for quite some time now, huh? Was it something I said? Tell me what it was so I can keep saying it.

  3. drewzducks - May 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Au revoir

    • dentals1 - May 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      A soccer chant from “the most knowledgeable fans in Hockey”. That’s great.

  4. drewsylvania - May 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Bye bye nut sacs.

    • sabatimus - May 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Hahahahaha I thought the precise same thing.

  5. ryanw822 - May 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    lol at all the Montreal fans.

    Rot

    • sabatimus - May 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      The words “in hell” are conspicuously absent.

  6. nunan - May 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    So, assuming the Bruins win one of the next three games in this series, they will play the winner of Wash and NY…That’s assuming the Pens close it out eventually, too. As great as the Isles have been, I think the Pens will win that series. Despite the loss, as far as the overall trend goes, the Habs are trending up..same with the Isles. Good seasons.

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - May 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Well that was quick…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Great movie on tonight, with Bogey and Bacall, To Hab or Hab Not.

  8. bruinssuck - May 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    You don’t see a lot of fans like in Montreal. A nice send off. Proud of my team. #SubbanforNorris

    • itsallniceonice - May 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Yeah no other teams fans whine for 60 minutes.

      • govtminion - May 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        Neither do Montreal fans. Watch tonight’s game when they re-show it on NHL Network, clearly the Montreal fans whined for 40 minutes and then left.

    • jimthebear - May 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Subban for Norris? REALLY? I’d be proud with how quickly the police responded to the 911 calls from the Bell CenTER.

  9. titansbro - May 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Is anyone outside of Montreal not happy they’re done? No?

    • jimthebear - May 10, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Even the Montreal police are happy.. No more 911 calls to investigate..

  10. 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Here’s hoping they sack Therrien and hire someone with more of a spine, someone who will hold his own guys accountable instead of blaming everything on the opposing team’s imaginary dirty play. He was the weakest link in an otherwise fairly good Habs team.

    • itsallniceonice - May 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Too bad they can’t hire good coaches, only Francophone ones.

      • itsallniceonice - May 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        I’d like to add nothing against Francophone coaches but it’s stupid that the team limits itself to a small pool of candidates. Hire a freaking translator.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 10, 2013 at 5:24 AM

        Listen. You’re right! They limit themselves because they know they will get trampled by the press if they don’t hire at the least a bilingual coach though they prefer to hire a francophone. It sucks because you limit your choices. Go back to the glory days of this franchise and we’ll see some of the best hockey minds were unilingual anglophones. Like it or not, the landscape started to change in the 70s, and later with the arrival of the Nordiques both teams were fighting to get market share for merchandising and beer sales. Molson vs O’Keefe. Nordiques were primarily a francophone team, and taking a lot of market share from the Canadians. I am very surprised that their C, and As are unilingual (not that I care) but it just seems to be against what they believe they have to do maintain or grow their fan base. There are not too many French kids wearing Gionta jerseys in Quebec (not Montreal… Quebec) where the vast majority of the people are francophone. However, if the guy wearing the C was a francophone then it would be a whole different story.

  11. itsallniceonice - May 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Nice year Habs. Will be scary facing Gallagher and Galchenyuk with another year under their belts. Good luck next year in the soon to be stacked division and hopefully the Bruins can whoop you out of the playoffs next year.

  12. pastabelly - May 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    The truth is that Montreal played like crap down the stretch. They could finish in 5th next year behind Boston, Ottawa, Detroit, and Toronto. The crappy play was before the injuries. The Ottawa series was not a surprise.

  13. ryanw822 - May 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    If they were smart they’d hire Boucher.

    Of course we know they arent that smart.

  14. LampyB - May 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I’m happy happy happy the Habs crap has ended for the season.

  15. dudermcrbohan - May 9, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Call 911!

  16. vipod4ever - May 9, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Zero Goals in the 3rd period of every game will get you eliminated quickly. The Habs are a good little team…good little teams don’t last long in the playoffs. They need size up front…been saying this for the last 5 years.

  17. barbarian9 - May 9, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    @itsallniceonice: it would be funny to see the fans’ reaction if a team like the Bruins hired a coach speaking only French, needing a translator…

    • itsallniceonice - May 9, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Fans? Who cares about the fans’ reactions. How about coaching a team through a translator? Absolute disaster! Please barbarian9 let’s try to deal in realities not fantasies.

    • homelanddefense - May 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      no one would care, as long as he won

  18. brotherlove2012 - May 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Well said Barbarian9

  19. z561 - May 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Leave it to the cheese-eating Habs fans to SURRENDER midway through the 3rd…

  20. kissmytaintpatriotsrule - May 9, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Now maybe we can watch some real physical hockey. I’m so tired of all the diving and flopping. Montreal should be ashamed of that team.

  21. kissmytaintpatriotsrule - May 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    @ barbarian9, you don’t know much about America. If you call an 800 number you need to push 50 thousand buttons just to hear the prompts in English….

  22. mgp1219 - May 10, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Since it’s late (I had to DVR the game) and I’m tired, I’m not even going to try to be clever. All I have to say to the Canadiens & their fans is this: You got what you deserved, douche bags!

  23. 8man - May 10, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Sens are the hottest team in the East right now. Good luck with them Pittsburgh, if you survive New York that is.

  24. tlndma - May 10, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Subban takes another cheap penalty late, when his flop didn’t draw a call. LMAO.

    • jimthebear - May 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Someone said Subban for Norris earlier.. I think gold medal for the diving team.. Wiomen’s diving team.

  25. jimthebear - May 10, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Its that time of year when the Montreal police can lay off half the force once the 911 calls stop coming in because player-X actually laid a check on a Montreal player… Even the hometown refs couldn’t save them last night… Love it.

  26. craigonthecob - May 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I like Ottawa’s chances against the Penguins next… I’d love to face Toronto, but that seems highly unlikely. Of all the “options”, I think the Bruins are the toughest foe. We didn’t beat them all year, and the Bruins have the physical presence that none of the other remaining Eastern teams have (save Ottawa).

    Facing the Isles, Pens, or Toronto I think Ottawa can do it. I’m a lot less confident against the Bruins. Ottawa fans generally agree – a poll on Ottawa sports radio this morning (Team 1200) was about evenly divided about who people want to face between the Isles, Pens, and Leafs… only 8% wanted the Bruins (and there are a fair few Bruins fans up here, so I bet they make up at least half of the 8%)….

    Way to go Sens! Good luck Isles and Leafs, I hope to hate you soon!

  27. Haleigh - May 10, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Reblogged this on Doan Stop Believing.

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