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Jay Baruchel - No better time of year

Wednesday, 04.15.2009 / 2:29 PM / NHL Celeb Blogs

By Jay Baruchel - Special to

Blog 1 - Wednesday, April 15

There is no competition on Earth like the NHL playoffs. I'm only bummed I can't be up there because during the playoffs Montreal just comes alive!

We had some troubles getting into the playoffs, so to put the last few weeks into two words, "Thank God!"

This year has been a tumultuous one by all accounts.

It was really bad. I wish we hadn't lost Markov, but the fact that we got Tanguay back in our first line and we found our stride, for all intensive purposes, we are still the same team as always.

Considering that old cliche, "in the playoffs anything can happen," I'm still convinced we have the potential to go the distance.

I don't doubt this match up with Boston is going to be bench-clearing for all seven games. There's a myriad of things about the Bruins that scare me, but that being said, there's nothing we can't handle.

While watching the last game against Pittsburgh this season I was secretly hoping that Pittsburgh would take it, as I am more confident to what we can do against Boston in the first round rather than Washington or New Jersey.

This Thursday is going to be quite a scene... I'm nervous, but at the same time I've seen this exact scenario play out in our favor many times before.

If there's a God, Milan Lucic will get his. We owe him so hard (and I hope that whoever gets him does his stupid chest-pounding move to the crowd!).

I'll end with my response to a recent prediction from Don Cherry: San Jose v. Boston in the finals...

Sorry Don. If there's one thing I've learned in my life, it's that God hates Boston.

Be sure to check back during the playoffs as I'll be covering everything Habs, and remember: Habs forever!

Thanks to all for reading, I hope you enjoyed, and you'll stick with me for the rest of the 2009 playoffs.

This really is the best time of year.

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