You may have heard. The Montreal Canadiens won the first two games in Boston and are up two-nil on the supposedly-mighty Bruins. And that, by the way, is good news. But I’m not so much happy as stunned.
And the biggest danger going into tonight’s first game at the Bell Centre is the Habs feeling over-confident. Jack Todd had a good column in this morning’s Montreal Gazette making the point that there is indeed a lot of hockey still to be played.
Todd ends with a story about the 1996 Rangers Habs series when Montreal won the first two in the Big Apple and then went on to lose four straight to the Blue Shirts. But Todd could have just as easily talked about the first-round 2006 series between Montreal and the Carolina Hurricanes. Montreal famously won the first two in Raleigh, in the process ending goaltender Martin Gerber’s career in Carolina and helping introduce to the world a young netminder named Cam Ward. The Hurricanes went on to win the next four.
So we shouldn’t be taking anything for granted here. That said, this isn’t 2006 or 1996. If Montreal continues to play like they did in the first two games, there is simply no way that the B’s are going to win four of the next five games, including three at the Bell Centre with 21,000 Montrealers chanting Chara Sucks (or perhaps something even a little more colourful). But it won’t necessarily be easy. Should be a great week.
Why not re-live the highlights of Saturday night’s game one more time?