After a long hiatus thanks to writer's block, I have decided to start writing again. What better way to begin with than talking about the dear 'ol Habs?
This 2009-'10 NHL season has seen the team go through many feats, as well as many disappointments, that nobody thought would come.
For one, in the back of the minds of all Montreal Canadiens fans had to be Jaraslav Halak. We all saw Carey Price struggle past the All-Star break in the 2008-'09 NHL season. Then the quest for the start of the 2009-'10 season became "Could he maintain the No. 1 spot?"
We all know the answer now - No . As a free agent come July 1, we may have seen Price play his last game as a Hab.
Halak has proven he could handle it all, especially in the playoffs (with the exception of the Philadelphia Flyers, who eliminated the Canadiens in five games). During the first two rounds, Halak had posted a better save percentage than the legendary Patrick Roy in his runs to the Stanley Cup as a Hab.
The Canadiens were prospected to end this season well out of the playoffs.
Then, it was said by every expert that they would be swept out by the Washington Capitals in the first round, Alexendar Ovechkin was just too powerful.
Wrong again .
Wrong again .
The other nice surprise was the Small 3 : Scott Gomez, Michael Cammalleri, and Brian Gionta. They did what was hope for of them, and that was produce. Cammalleri proved to be the best of the three. Prior to his injury that kept him out of the lineup approx. three months Cammalleri was leading the Canadiens in goals and points. He was also among the league leaders. Cammalleri also lead the NHL playoffs in goals scored.
Of worthy mention are the guys rarely given enough credit for their play: Travis Moen, Dominik Moore, and big Hal Gill. Rookie P.K. Subban, who played his first NHL game in the playoffs, caught my attention, as well.
Big disappointments included the drama among players. First was Sergei Kostitsyn upset about being told to start the 2009-'10 season with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Then there was George Laraque, but I won't go into that topic.
Even with the elimination of the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Flyers, it was the first time since 1992-'93 the Habs made it that far. The Habs were able to prove hockey analysts and critics wrong time and time again. That's something to be proud of right there. There may have not been a return of a Stanley Cup to Canada, but all hockey fans were reminded of the best team this country has to offer -- the Montreal Canadiens.