Yes they can. Really. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be bitterly negative all day every day but let’s just dream a little dream this morning okay?
The best line on Wednesday night’s Bell Centre Miracle on Ice came from Daybreak mainman Mike Finnerty who said to hairy sportscaster Doug Gelevan, and I paraphrase: A team dressed up as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings at the Bell Centre last night.
Or as the La Presse A1 headline put it – ‘Dr. Canadien et Mr. Hyde’. Who were these masked men Wednesday at the Bell Centre? Surely not the same Habs who’ve looked downright psycho for most of the season, more depressed and neurotic than a roomful of middle-aged journalists. Any how, we’ll take it – a nutsoid 7-2 crushing of the Detroit Red Wings, who just happen to be the team with the most points in the league and who are one of the top candidates to win the Cup.
So should we all be booking the spot for our deck-chair on the parade route – which will, of course, follow the usual route – this June? Uhhhh no. Keep in mind that the Red Wings were in town Tuesday, always a bad idea for visiting clubs, and that led me to wonder aloud on Twitter Wednesday if the Wings weren’t suffering from the Chez Paree effect, nudge nudge, wink wink.
After the game, Wings coach – and former McGill Redmen captain – Mike Babcock said: “I’m not going to look at video on this at all. I’m going to go have a drink, actually.” Which had me thinking that his players may have followed his advice – the night before!
But Montreal has played two consecutive very strong games – against the Red Wings Wednesday and Toronto Saturday, and they played half of a good game against Pittsburgh Friday before reverting to their trademark third-period collapse. Still they collected five out of a possible six points from those three games.
So we can dream. This morning, Montreal has 47 points after 49 games, putting them in 11th place in the East, just eight points behind 8th place Florida Panthers. So they have 33 games left and the rule-of-thumb is that you need 90 points to make the post-season party. That means they need to likely win around 22 of their last 33 games.
Sure it’s a tall order. But if they play like they did the last two games, it might just happen. If that freakin’ amazing Patch-Desharnais-Cole line keeps producing, if Rene ‘Tasse-Toi” Bourque keeps crashing the net, if Carey ‘What Me Worry’ Price keeps his cool between the pipes, if P.K. Subban stops playing like a novice third-liner……in short, if you believe in miracles. Hey a guy can dream, no?