The Montreal Canadiens and Jaroslav Halak had another fantastic game in store Wednesday as they defeated the Washington Capitals by the score of 2-1 to win this Eastern conference first round best of seven series by four games to three.
Once again this year, Alexander Ovechkin, with all his ''hype'' and individual efforts, failed miserably during the playoffs.
The Canadiens had very little time to celebrate.
Tonight they open their second round with the defending champions Pittsburgh Penguins—at first glance it is another impossible task
The Penguins are more stable defensively and they play a better collective game. They represent a difficult challenge for the Canadiens who only managed to win once in four regular season games against them this season. Jaroslav Halak will have to bring a few more miracle saves in his suitcases to keep his team in the hunt.
Once again, I will be very impressed should the Canadiens wins more than one game in this series. I think that Pittsburgh has the tools to eliminate the Habs quickly and should win this one in five games.
Besides Halak, the only good news for Montreal is the fact that they feel like they have nothing to lose. A ton of unnecessary pressure should be off their backs, a good thing with such a difficult series ahead.
David vs Goliath II opens tonight in Pittsburgh.
(Picture: Sidney Crosby, Getty Images.)