PLAYOFF GAMEDAY – ROUND TWO, GAME FIVE – CANADIENS

 

7:00 PM
Series Tied 2-2
 
Mellon Arena
 
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
 
 
We've heard a lot about how the Montreal Canadiens are a team steeped in tradition.
We see it before every game at the Bell Centre.
 
100 years of history represented by a child in a Richard or Lafleur jersey symbolically passing the torch to the current team.
The Montreal Canadiens have won more Stanley Cups than any team in NHL history.
 
But despite what P.K. Subban may think, they haven't won anything this year.
Not yet.
 
They're tied 2-2 in the second round of the playoffs.
And they're tied with a team that has its own history of tradition.
 
Our three Stanley Cups may pale in comparison to their 24 and our 43 years of existence are less than half of the Canadiens' 100, but that doesn't mean we're not a significant part of NHL history.
 
From Pronovost to Lemieux to Crosby and Malkin, we have our own rich history.
We have our own story.
We have our own tradition of success.
 
Habs Eyes On The Prize, a Montreal Canadiens blog, did an excellent job explaining Pittsburgh's hockey history in a recent post.
 
This could be the last Penguins game in the Igloo.
 
The very first Penguins game inside the Igloo was a loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
It would only be fitting for the final game to be the same.
 
But that's not going to happen.
Because the Igloo isn't done yet.
It has life left.  It has hope left.
It will see more screaming crowds.
It will feel the rush of another white-out, another win and another playoff success story.
 
And that happens tonight.
Tonight is our chance to fill our old arena with cheers once more.
The crowd at the Bell Centre is definitely a factor during the games.
The crowd at Mellon Arena can be just as loud.
 
Despite what we have all heard for the last couple of days, this series is not over.
It's just tied.
 
It's now a best-of-three.
The 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins versus the 2010 Montreal Canadiens.
 
This isn't a battle of tradition.
This isn't a battle of history.

 
And this isn't the United States versus Canada.
 
Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Max Talbot, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pascal Dupuis, Kris Letang, Matt Cooke, Tyle Kennedy, Chris Kunitz, and many others were born in Canada, but they will suit up in black and gold tonight.
 
Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez and Hal Gill are Americans, but tonight they will not wear the red, white and blue of their birthplace.
They will wear bleu, blanc et rouge of the Montreal Canadiens.
 
This is the 2010 Pittsburgh Penguins versus the 2010 Montreal Canadiens.
It's a best-of-three.
 
It's on.
 
 
 
 
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Proposed Canadiens line combinations:
 
Mike Cammalleri -  Tomas Plekanec – Andrei Kostitsyn
Benoit Pouliot – Scott Gomez – Brian Gionta
Mathieu Darche – Dominic Moore – Maxim Lapierre
Tom Pyatt – Glen Metropolit – Travis Moen
 
Hal Gill – Josh Gorges
Marc-Andre Bergeron – Ryan O'Byrne
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Jaroslav Halak

 
 
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According to the lines from practice posted by TSN, it looks like Fedotenko and Ponikarovsky could sit tonight.
Fedotenko will sit if Rupp can play.
 
Proposed Penguins line combinations:
 
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
Max Talbot – Evgeni Malkin – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Mark Letestu

Brooks Orpik – Sergei Gonchar
Mark Eaton – Kris Letang
Jordan Leopold – Alex Goligoski

Marc-Andre Fleury

 
 
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Today's "NHL Officiating Is Bad" article is brought to you by the Montreal Gazette.
 
There will be no big screen on Monday night due to WWE Raw.
 
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"Gentlemen! Let's plow the road!"

 
 
Do it.
 

Go Pens.
 
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