The road to recovery
With two wins in as many visits to the Wachovia Center this season, Guy Carbonneau’s squad has every reason to feel good about their chances of getting the job done in Philly. In addition to the momentum gained from those 4-1 and 5-3 regular season victories, the Habs also have history on their side.
Tonight marks the 26th time the Canadiens have ever hit the road for Games 3 and 4 after dropping one of the first two games at home in a series. The Canadiens rarely return to Montreal empty-handed and waste little time making sure of that. When faced with their current situation, the Habs are 15-10 in Game 3 and 13-12 in Game 4.
On nine occasions, the Canadiens have even had the gall to head back home with two wins in the bank, including the two last times they were in the same boat in 1993, when the Habs faced the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals and in the 1989 Wales Conference Final against the Flyers.
The only two times the Canadiens dropped Games 3 and 4 on the road after being tied 1-1 was in Boston in 1988 and in Toronto in 1947. In both of those series, the Habs went on to be eliminated in Game 5 in front of their home fans at the Forum.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com