Montreal's miracle run continues

For just the second time in their 100-year history, the Montreal Canadiens have won back-to-back seven-game series in the same playoffs, and the first time they did it – you know where this is going – they won the Stanley Cup.

While the current edition of the Habs is hard to compare to the 1971 team, it would be foolish to bet against them to repeat that squad’s exploits; after disposing of the regular-season champions in Round 1, they stifled and muzzled the reigning Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, prevailing 5-2 in Game 7.

The underdog tag can now safely be removed. And with Vancouver’s elimination, the “Canada’s team” sticker can be applied, if it wasn’t already in the minds of many fans.

“We played Washington, we were supposed to get killed, we played these guys, we were supposed to get killed, it’s just nice to be part of a team that gets it done,” said defenceman Hal Gill , a key cog in defeating his former squad.

As they await either the Philadelphia Flyers or the Boston Bruins, the Habs aren’t about to admit to feeling satisfied – as Gill said: “It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win the whole thing … it’s all about the big one.”

Which is not to say they aren’t buoyed after becoming just the fifth team in NHL history to win two seventh games on the road in the same playoff year.

“We knew what we had in this room,” said centre Scott Gomez , adding: “We’re not shocked, it’s just beginning.”

The capper was a thrilling 5-2 Game 7 victory in which they showed the defensive acuity that is becoming their hallmark, but also managed to play attacking hockey and hold the Penguins at arm’s length.

Michael Cammalleri scored his league-leading 12th playoff goal on a sublime one-timer, joining Habs immortals Guy Lafleur, Maurice Richard and Jean BĂ©liveau in the record books. Newsy Lalonde’s franchise record of 17 looms.

9 Responses to Montreal's miracle run continues

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    NHL commercial in the making:

    What if Montreal had actually believed the were a #8 seed…

  2. simplyhabby says:


    Top team in the NHL…Gone.
    Defending Stanley Cup Champs….Gone.
    Possible match against an archrival? 


  3. hockeyhead says:

    picking my poison.

    1.  do i want my team to be one of three teams in history to blow a 3 game lead?

    2.  do i want my team to get destroyed by their hated rival?

    i really think the habs are on one of those magical runs and they are going to win the cup……AGAIN.

    suuxx being a bruin fan.

  4. albertateams says:

    Who ever comes out of the East is going to get smoked by either San Jose or Chicago. I still think Chicago.

  5. hockeyhead says:

    has a seven ever played an 8 in the conf. finals?

  6. simplyhabby says:

    HH, it does not suck to be a B's fan….like the Hab's it sucked during the stretch run to this season as it appeared the bottom 3 teams did not want to make the playoffs but they decided to play wonderful hockey at the right the playoffs.

    Habs, Philly and Boston have all beat divisional leaders and that is something to be proud about from a season where the odds where certainly not in our favor.  There was a point where we were battling TB and FLA for a playoff spot…yikes.

    As for who I want to play next?  I want the B's because I am a hockey fan and nothing would be better then seeing these two original 6 teams go at it. (no disrespect to Philly)

    Whom ever wins, it will be a new challenge and possibly the toughest challenge for the Habs.  The Caps and Pens have a tonne of skill but I did not see much grit.  The B's and Philly has a tonne of it and that will certainly lead to an entertaining conference final.

    I very much like your prediction HH but they are only half way there with a tonne of hockey yet to be played.  I am reserving my prediction until the final game.  As we have seen, this season in the east is defying all logic. 

    What is funny though, I live about an hour outside Toronto and frequent the Greater Toronto Area frequently…..there is an abnormal amount of leaf fans cheering for the Habs….talk about a Stockholm syndrome.

    BTW…..A resounding FU to all those dumbass "hab fans" causing a ruckus last night.  You sure do make a city proud.

  7. HABSSTAR says:

    Suck it up buttercup!

    I held back during the Washington series, I didn't let myself believe at the beginning of the Pens series, but now I'm committed.  The Habs NEED the Bruins to pull out a win in game 7.

    To be honest, if we're going to win a cup this year we need to go through the Bruins, it just has to be that way.  If we're going to lose, and I feel a little dirty for saying this, I guess we might as well lose to the Bruins. 

  8. Boston_Bruins says:

    There is nothing better than the Bruins vs. Canadiens in the playoffs. A Conference Finals match-up would just be ridiculous. It would be their 5th meeting in the last 6 playoffs for each team. And it would feature arguably the top two young goalies in the league, both of whom have more or less carried their teams this far.

    And I'm not sure why you think the Bruins would get destroyed. It's all about match-ups. The Canadiens did a great job defending against two offensive power-houses, focusing in on the top two players in the game with Gill. I think you would see them open up a bit more against the goal-starved Bruins. With the Bruins playing that suffocating defensive game and thriving off of turnovers (much like the Habs) this would be a series.

    Still have to get out of this collapse though. I guess no Bruins saw Zombieland. Double click. Everyone knows that.

  9. nordiques100 says:

    A 7 vs 6 and 8 vs 6 have happened previously. both involved Anaheim.

    in 2003, the ducks faced the wild which Anaheim won only to lose to the Devils in the final.

    in 2006 the ducks faced edm and lost as the 6th seed.

    this format started in 1994. previous to that, it was divisional playoff matchups.

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