Thursday, May 06, 2010

Playoff Game #10 - at Montreal Canadiens

Playoff Game 10
Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens
Penguins lead series 2-1

Why does it matter?
Because a win tonight would do two things:
  1. It would all but put the lights out on the Habs
  2. It would provide days of entertainment as we listen to everyone in Montreal say "this is what happened in Round 1".
What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Fleury was The Man in Montreal on Tuesday.
  • Canadiens - After a great first period in Game 3, they disappeared offensively (other than two great chances in the third).
Questions to be answered
  • Can Fleury do it again? Nothing would end this series quicker than Flower getting on a roll.
  • Can the Habs generate offense consistently? It's not so easy to play the defensive game when you don't have a lead.
  • Can the Pens put some goals on the board at even strength? One goal in two games isn't great.
Keys to the game
  • Withstand the storm... again. You know the Habs need this game, and you know they're going to be desperate.
  • Don't give the refs an excuse to make a call. You know the fans in Montreal are going to cry every time an Hab falls over. That will put pressure on the refs to blow the whistle. Don't give them a reason.
  • Get someone in front of Halak as much as possible. The Pens have had the most success when someone is parked at the top of the crease (think about Sid on Geno's goal in Game 3).

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