College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
The Montreal Canadiens fairy tale postseason continues when they open up round two in Steel-town USA versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Thanks to some superb goaltending from Jaroslav Halak the Habs did the unthinkable – they came back from a 3-1 series deficit and beat the President trophy winning Washington Capitals. If you told me that Halak would only allow three goals over three games to the most potent offence in NHL – I would have told you to go buck yourself (yes Blue Jay catcher John Buck deserves a reference today – based on his awesome performance last night). Without Halak Montreal doesn’t move on – no questions asked. For the Pens round one started off slowly against the Ottawa Senators. Pittsburgh could have suffered a fate similar to Washington. The Pens were up 3-1, but needed game six to close out the series. I guess that’s the difference between Stanley Cup Champs and pretenders (…yeah that one’s for you Ovie). Sidney Crosby was incredible in the opening round. He leads the league in playoff points with 14 (5G/9A) and you could argue he won game two all by himself. Growing up Sid the Kid was a big Canadiens fan, so you have to believe he will be jacked up for this series. In fact the Pens have four other who grew up in Quebec (Pascal Dupuis, Maxime Talbot, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury) – so you have to think if playing with them is not an option – then playing against the Habs is just as special, especially when the series shifts to la belle province. I think that this will be a much tougher series for the Habs and do not expect them to make it to round three. Then again, I would never have predicted they would make it past the Capitals.