Monday, May 31, 2010
Lets review the last round:
1. Hockey Plumber said: "Not this time Halak. Penguins in six."
The Penguins could have wrapped it up in game six, but the Habs took both Game Six and Seven.
2. Hockey Plumber said: "Rask proves to be the difference, but it will be a long and ugly series. Bruins in seven."
The Bruins had a chance to sweep, but blew four straight in an epic collapse/comeback series.
3. Hockey Plumber said: Another tight one. Red Wings in seven.
The Wings were never a threat to win the series. Sharks in a walk.
4. Hockey Plumber said: Revenge is sweet and best served cold. Canucks in six.
Hawks won in a cakewalk.
Eastern Conference Final
#7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens
blah, blah, blah
Hockey Plumber Prediction: Flyers in five.
Western Conference Final
#1 San Jose Sharks vs. #2 Chicago Blackhawks
blah, blah, blah
Hockey Plumber Prediction: Hawks in four.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
After an impressive comeback series victory against the President's Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, the Canadiens earned a date with the defending Cup champion, Pittsburgh Penguins. Surely, they would run out of gas in the second round. Their post-season smoke and mirror routine would be exposed, right?
Monday, May 10, 2010
It marked the first time in three years that the team will not make their way to the Stanley Cup Final, the first time that they had to answer questions about where it all fell apart... and the first time that they will be faced with legitimate questions about their immediate future.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
It's Playoff time! It's time for the best teams to show what they are made of, and time for the Flyers to talk about it!
Let's be honest here. Do you know what we like about the Flyers? Nothing.
The entire franchise is "that guy" whom has been in the same stool, at the same bar for the last umpteen years, telling the same ridiculously tired stories about how he sexed up cheerleaders and has pummeled all sorts of loud mouths and braggarts in his day. Yet, in all the time that you have made his acquaintance, you have never once seen him with a woman, and he has exactly zero evidence of actually being a tough guy.
Published on May 4th, Habs Eyes On The Prize delivered a fascinating glimpse into the history of hockey in Pittsburgh that even predates the Montreal Canadiens!
Do yourself a favor and read it.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
During that series Montreal lost one of their top defenders in Jaroslav Spacek. After Spacek's injury, the Habs recalled P.K. Subban from their AHL contender, Hamilton. Subban has had a cup of coffee in the NHL, but entering into the NHL playoffs against the league's top team, was sure to be a baptism by fire for any rookie. Although a very highly touted prospect, Subban would be subjected to a very watchful eye.
Subban began by playing fairly significant minutes, and was part of an incredibly stingy defensive corps that held the likes of Ovechkin, Semin, Green, Backstrom, etc... to a single goal in each game he played.
How has P.K. Subban responded during his trial? In 5 games, he is averaging more than 17 minutes per game, has contributed 1 goal and 3 assists, and has an even +/- ratio, which has only been bettered by the Habs "shutdown" pair of Gill and Gorges.
In short, not only has he performed, statistically, as well as any of the veteran defenders, he has been counted on to contribute in all zones and on special teams, including the penalty kill unit.
He may only be a rookie, but you would never know by the way he has played with so much at stake.
Well done Mr. Subban. Well done. Nous sommes tous très impressionnés, en effet!