The Cup Baby – Day 15

In Hockey Hits on May 2, 2010 by geespotting

Here we go, the last game of round one, with the top team facing elimination:


(8)  MONTREAL  2  AT  (1)  WASHINGTON  1.


…Maybe one of the most stunning upsets in hockey history, and on a number of levels too. First of all, teams rallying from a 3-1 series deficit just doesn’t happen all that often. Secondly, the fact that the team coming back was the 8th seed has never happened in the history of this format. Thirdly, it happened on the number one team in the league. By the way…I called it! I am pretty sure it would never have happened though if not for another unbelievable effort by Hab’s tender Jaroslav Halak. I will send him a thank you card. It seemed that Halak was able to get into the heads of the Cap stars, like OV, Backstrom, Green and Semin. As the game wore on, and so did the Habs lead of 1-o, it seemed that it would be destiny. Dominic Moore cemented that sentiment of fate with this goal:

Brooks Laich broke Halak’s shutout bid with about 90 seconds to go…but, the Caps couldn’t get the equalizer, and the Habs advance in shocking fashion!

STARS 1. Jaroslav Halak, MON. 2. Brooks Laich, WAS. 3. Dominic Moore, MON.

SERIES MVP: Jaroslav Halak & Mike Cammalleri

…I guess most people would say Halak hands down. It was one of the great goaltender performances in quite some time, but, we should remember how he fell apart and allowed the Caps to rally in game two and even the series. As for Cammalleri, he was the best skater in the series…even better than Ovechkin and Backstrom. He put to rest the concerns that he would continue his end of season slump into the playoffs.


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