Time to make history, again
Already into their second century of existence, the Habs have found themselves in a position where they can accomplish something they’ve never done before: advance to the next round after losing the third game of a best-of-seven series to fall behind 2-1.
Considering the Canadiens are only six years removed from storming back from a 3-1 series hole for the only time in club history when they turned that nasty trick against the Bruins in 2004, who could blame them for thinking anything remains possible against the Caps.
“This one is especially tough to swallow because I think our first period was our best one in very long time,” said Gorges shaking his head. “We totally followed our game plan. We got the puck deep, we were moving our feet and the passes were on the tape.”
What followed that strong opening frame was a deflating shorthanded goal and some good old fashioned Capitals net crashing that has proven to be their calling card through the first three games.
“Sure that stuff is going to keep happening, but we have to deal with it somehow,” continued Gorges. “We should just do the same to them and that way the puck will be in their end and they won’t be able to do it to us.”
Getting his first taste of Capitals net-crash 101 in relief of Jaroslav Halak, Carey Price knows what the Canadiens are up against in this series.
“These guys are good. They didn’t score over 100 more goals than anyone else during the regular season for nothing,” said Price after kicking aside 21 of the 23 shots he faced. “We can’t get frustrated or make any mistakes because a team like this makes you pay. That’s just the way it is.”
If anyone out there is ready to count the Habs out, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t buying it. To hear him tell it, he’s got his hands full with the guy he’s been going toe-to-toe with all series long.
“Tomorrow’s a new day. Just like when we lost Game 1, tomorrow was a new day,” said Boudreau. “They’ve got one of the smartest if not the smartest coach in the NHL so they’ll make adjustments. I’m sure they’ll come out strong on Wednesday.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
Felled in game 3
The Numbers game - April 19, 2010