Canadiens-Capitals: Can Montreal Force Game Seven Versus Washington?

Kamal PanesarCorrespondent IApril 26, 2010

WASHINGTON DC, DC - APRIL 23:  Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals skates for the puck against Jaroslav Halak #41 and Hal Gill #75 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Habs defeated the Caps 2-1.Washington leads the best of seven series 3 games to 2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Enjoy the weekend everyone? I know I did.

As much as I love watching the Canadiens, I have to say that the two days off between games were a welcome reprieve from the playoff stress. And, like the Habs and Caps, I got to enjoy a little R & R.

Well, the Habs and Caps likely didn't enjoy as much R & R as I did, but during a playoff stretch where games are played almost every second day for months, I am sure the players welcomed the additional day off.

So, all are rested and feeling good in preparation for tonight's game six in Montreal.

So what happens now?

The Canadiens who were never supposed to have any chance in this series, pulled off a surprising, nail-biting win on Friday in Washington, to force game six.

But can they do it again, forcing a decisive game seven in Washington on Wednesday?

As for this morning, it looks like Habs defenseman Jaroslav Spacek is still suffering the effects of a virus, and will likely not play tonight, or be a game-time decision.

As well as the Habs played on Friday, they will need all hands on deck if they are to win tonight. So far in this series, the home team has lost four out of the five games played.

That doesn't bode very well for tonight and the Habs will have to leave it all on the ice against a Washington team who knows they blew a great chance to advance, on Friday.

Moreover, this is a Caps team who desperately wants to avoid playing another game against the Habs, in Washington, for all the marbles.

If the Habs can somehow win tonight, they will not only force a game seven but they will do so with momentum clearly on their side and more than a modicum of doubt installed in the Caps heads.

Lose and they go golfing, like everyone thought they would. So the pressure is clearly on the Caps. It will be interesting to see if they can rise to the occasion or if they buckle under the pressure.

So once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.

Tune in tonight to see if the Habs have a date with destiny or the golf course.

So what do you all think? Can the Habs force a game seven? Will they fall to the Caps tonight?

NOTE - as of 9:59 AM EST, Montreal media outlets CKAC and the Team 990 are both reporting that the Habs have recalled P.K. Subban from the Hamilton Bulldogs and that he will play tonight.

This has not yet been officially confirmed, however if he does play, he will add a wildcard, X-factor to tonight's game that might tilt the table in the Habs favour.

10:23 AM EST - It's official: Habs recall P.K. Subban. Click here to view the official Habs press release.

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