Keeping the faith
The Canadiens are back in a familiar spot, facing elimination in the 2010 Playoffs for the first time since knocking off the Capitals in Game 7 two weeks ago. They’re looking to carry an important lesson from the first round with them into Monday night’s win-or-go-home Game 6: it takes four wins to clinch a series.
“When you play in the playoffs, whether it’s Game 1 or Game 7, you always want to win. But in the playoffs, it’s not uncommon to be facing elimination at some point,” reminded Marc-Andre Bergeron, who logged 23:15 of ice time on Saturday night. “We’ve had three do-or-die games already this year and we’ve responded well so far. We have to stay positive and bounce back in front of our fans.
“We still feel good about our chances,” added Bergeron. “The third period was our best again tonight. We needed to take advantage of our chances early in the game, but it was never out of reach – the potential to come away with the win was always there.”
While the Habs didn’t leave Mellon Arena with the win they were searching for, Maxim Lapierre did pack a few positives into his carry on luggage for the flight back to Montreal.
“We did a lot of good things tonight. One thing we’ve been good at from the start has been letting go of the losses and turning the page quickly,” explained Lapierre, who notched the equalizer in Game 4 on Thursday night. “We’re already focused on the next one and we’ll bounce back strong at home.”
Proving that you don’t win two Stanley Cups by crying over spilled milk, Scott Gomez was equally anxious to look to the future instead of the immediate past following Game 5.
“The emotion will be there on Monday. We needed to be a little more aggressive. Against these guys one mistake here or there will be in the back of the net,” offered Gomez. “We still lost, but we’ve got to let this one go and it’s a must-win for us now.”
The team may have checked out of their Pittsburgh hotel on Saturday, but Michael Cammalleri is already looking forward to booking his next stay in the Steel City.
“Everything is still possible. We’re not going to go away, you know that,” said Cammalleri. “We just have to go win one game at home and we’re right back where we want to be.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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The Numbers Game - May 8, 2010