Can Habs Repeat 2004?
After suffering a third loss in a row in Philadelphia, the Habs are back home trailing the series 1-3. Carbonneau's men will work hard to avoid early vacations on Saturday at the Bell Centre.
The good news is that Montreal did not lose more than three games in a row in the regular season.
The challenge is enormous for the team, but it is far from being impossible. On 20 occasions, we've seen teams come from a 1-3 deficit to win a series. It happened five times since the year 2000. The last team to accomplish such thing was in 2004, and Montreal was that team to eliminate Boston in seven.
"There are teams that were successful in winning a series after trailing 1-3, says Guillaume Latendresse. We have played better than them (Philadelphia) in the last three games. We remain positive and we all know we can win this series."
Eight actual Habs' players were among that 2004 group when the team eliminated the Boston Bruins in seven games. Captain Saku Koivu knows better than anybody else that coming back is not impossible.
"All we need to do is continue to do what we do well, says Koivu. We dominated our rivals in all four games but they won three."
Habs' players enjoyed a day off yesterday to recharge batteries and spend some time with family.
"The important thing is to be mentally ready," added Koivu.
"The most important thing, is to forget what just happened to us. We are coming back home and we're getting ready for Saturday," Mike Komisarek said.
There are some similarities between this series and the series against Boston in 2004. Montreal was up against the magic of Boston's goaltender Andrew Raycroft who was almost perfect in the first four games, to concede only seven goals. Then the Habs exploded with 12 goals in the following three games to send Boston on the golf course.
Will history repeat itself? Or will we just have to rewind the tape?
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