PHILADELPHIA – With the kitchen sink having already been thrown at the Flyers more than once, the question now becomes: what will the Canadiens fling at the Philadelphia crease next?
After outshooting the Flyers 72-40 in both games at the Wachovia Center and out-chancing them handily in the process, the Canadiens have every reason to be the most optimistic team in league history to ever trail a best of seven series 3-1. That being said, the Habs have their work cut out for them, beginning on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
“It’s frustrating to lose two straight games where I can’t even sit down with my coaching staff to try and figure out a different game plan,” admitted head coach Guy Carbonneau. “We’re getting more shots and more scoring chances than they are and I’m confident we can still win this series, but it all starts with winning the next game.”
You can’t blame the Canadiens for thinking they’re living out the script of the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day and you can count Mark Streit among those growing sick and tired of it.
“That’s the toughest thing,” admitted Streit. “Tonight was the same story as Game 3. We played well and definitely had our chances. But this game is over now and we need to get ready for Saturday and come out strong.”
With the chips now stacked against them, the Canadiens are not about to punch out and give way to the Flyers.
“In the playoffs, no lead is safe, whether you’re talking about a game or a series,” said Mike Komisarek. “Sorry to use these stupid clichés guys, but this thing is not over. We’re going to battle right to the end.”
Komisarek isn’t the only one in the Habs’ dressing room well-versed in the teachings of Yogi Berra.
“This is it. It doesn’t matter how many shots and chances we’ve had, our backs are against the wall now,” said Josh Gorges
. “We need to find a way and that’s all there is to it.”
In addition to the Habs not lacking in the motivation department, there are 21,273 pairs of lungs preparing to pack the Bell Centre and scream their team to victory on Saturday night.
“The good thing is, we’re heading home for Game 5,” said Bryan Smolinski. “We know our fans are waiting for us and they’re going to be awesome, as always.”Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com