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That bozo would be me, who was invited to The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack to put the series together.
In my defense, I also correctly predicted that the Columbus Blue Jackets would beat Toronto in five games. But that was easy enough since the talented but heartless Maple Leafs haven’t won a playoff series since 2004 – when Auston Matthews was 6 – and they haven’t won the Stanley Cup since (all together now) 1967.
The only thing predictable about this Habs team is their unpredictability – especially after upsetting the Penguins in four games.
Carey Price was exceptional, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. Price was also exceptional the last time the Canadiens made the playoffs three years ago, posting a GAA of 1.86 and save percentage of .933, but that wasn’t enough, as they lost a streak of seven best games in the first round in six games. to the New York Rangers.
The difference this time is that Price got an offensive assist from his teammates, who have scored 10 goals in four games against the Penguins after scoring just 11 goals in six games against the Rangers. Defenders Shea Weber and Jeff Petry each scored two goals against the Penguins, as did center Jesperi Kotkaniemi, 20. Center Nick Suzuki, who turned 21 on Monday, scored one, as did the much-maligned Jonathan Drouin.
Surprisingly, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar – who were tied for the team lead in the regular season with 22 goals apiece – failed to score against the Penguins. And yet, the Canadiens still won the series.