BROSSARD – The Canadiens have no intention of making Game 5 their last.
While there was no sign of MC Hammer or his trademark parachute pants in the Habs dressing room on Sunday morning, the glittery rapper might well have been on hand belting out his rallying 90s hit.
With the Habs in boiling water once again this postseason, they seem to be getting used to the heat. Facing elimination at the hands of the Flyers after doing the same against both the Capitals and Penguins, the Canadiens know full-well what they’re up against.
“Motivation isn’t a problem at all when the next step is the Stanley Cup Finals,” said Marc-Andre Bergeron. “It’s too bad we’re down again 3-1 in a series and of course we’d rather be up 3-1 right now, but the Flyers aren't making things easy for us.”
The Habs and Flyers might be the two bottom seeds in the East, but that doesn’t mean they don’t belong where they now find themselves according to Bergeron.
“We’ve seen it over the last few years that even lower seeded teams can make it pretty far into the playoffs,” explained Bergeron, who himself helped lead the eighth-seeded Oilers to the Cup Finals in 2006. “We’ve always believed in ourselves and besides if we didn’t we never would’ve made it this far. Sure we’re in the conference finals but we’re not satisfied yet. We want more.”
No one has to remind the Habs that this isn’t the time to start hanging their heads.
“It is what it is,” said Hal Gill. “We got ourselves into this mess and now we need to get ourselves out of it. Sure it’s tough on all of us mentally, but at the same time challenges don’t get any clearer than this one.”
While their roller-coaster playoff run has been anything but smooth, the Habs can benefit from the up and downs they’ve survived this spring which may serve them well in their latest postseason predicament.
“Every guy in this room knows what they have to do,” said Josh Gorges
. “We have our backs against the wall here again, but we were not ready for this ride to end on Monday in Philly.” Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.comSee also:A familiar script No afternoon delight Bob the builder