The fairy tale season of the Montreal Canadiens seems to be taking a turn towards a sad ending.
If things continue the way they have in the beginning of this series, there will be no prince on a white horse (or in a white uniform) to sweep them into the playoffs.
The prince was thought to be Halak, the goalie that has been elevated to hero status in Montreal after his performances. Unfortunately, he seems to have run out of gas after two hard series’ against the Pens and Capitals.
But have no fear, Habs fans. Game three in the final makes its way back to home ice. Why is this comforting, you ask?
The move back home brings an extra player to the lineup. If all goes as planned, the Habs will have a one man advantage during the whole game made up of over 21,000 people.
The Flyers have had a loud orange crowd for the first two games in the series and the Flyer fans have been effective at making the Wichovia Center echo with cheers and jeers. But none of that compares to how loud the Montreal fans can get when riled up in the Bell Center.
If you have never watched a Habs playoff game when they are at home, it is loud. Even my surround sound cringes when I turn on a Canadiens home game because it knows it will probably be working harder than any other game happening in the last few weeks.
Other teams swear that the Montreal crowd does not throw off their concentration, but their performances in the Center show otherwise.
The Flyers vs Canadiens series is currently at 2-0 in favor of the Flyers, with two huge shutout games with 9 combined points (a 6-0 win on Sunday and 3-0 win on Tuesday).
While I wouldn’t want to be out on the town in Montreal right now for fear of the angry mobs of hockey fans protesting their team’s loss, I think their mood may be changing come Thursday when game three starts.
So Habs fans, don’t give up hope. Your Cinderella story may not be over yet.
You still have one unused team member on the bench and it may be the most effective weapon in the NHL. Flyers beware—you are in for a wake up call if you believe this series is even close to ending.