Montreal skated into New England Thursday as road underdogs to the President’s Trophy winners, and skated out with a ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals. Tonight two Montreal Canadiens with Connecticut connections combined to end Boston’s season.
Goals by journeyman/former AHL Connecticut Whale player Dale Weiss and Connecticut native Max Pacioretty staked the Habs to a 2-0 lead over the Bruins. And les Bleu, Blanc et Rouge never looked back. Boston’s Jarome Iginla made things interesting when he cut the lead in half late in the 2nd, but in the end it just wasn’t enough as Montreal backstop Carey Price shut the door on the rest of the Bruins.
Quebec native Danny Briere added a power play goal late in the 3rd period to finalize the score at 3-1. This is exactly why NHL favorites want nothing to do with Game 7’s.
With this win, Canada’s lone entry into the 2014 NHL Playoffs has guaranteed itself a minimum of four more games. And if they can win that quartet before another Original 6 opponent, the New York Rangers, can do so against them, they will find themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals. And while the hopes of a nation may well be on their shoulders, that’s the future; but as always the future is unknown. For now though, les Canadiens de Montreal can sit back, take a breather, and enjoy their amazing and improbable run so far through this post-season.