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Jay Baruchel - Lessons learned as a Habs fan

by Jay Baruchel
Blog 2 - Tuesday, April 21

Unfortunately, I was able to watch last night. Last night was the real heartbreaker. What can I say? It's not fun to be a Habs fan right now.

I don't envy Bob Gainey.

There's been some interesting coaching decisions, but we've also been dealt a bad hand, having Tanguay, Schneider and Markov out... all that stuff is no good for anybody. Well, except for Bruins coach, Claude Julien.

The only thing I've had to be happy about was Milan Lucic's suspension. That would've been huge. Now if I'm not mistaken, we've never come back from a 0-3 deficit, and the Bruins have never lost a series when up 3-1.

I think those three digits 1-0-0 may have something to do with it. The Centennial pressure may have got to a very young team. This is hard. I feel like a Valedictorian making an end of the year speech.

We have a game yet and I'll keep my hopes up, even more so if Jaroslav Halak plays. Carey just didn't have his mojo going for him in this Playoff series. But a team doesn't rest on a goalie, the players have to take their responsibilities. The only positives we really have to rest on are unrestricted free agents.

It would be unfair to pass over Maxime Lapierre, who has had a pretty great season, he found his niche. And Latendresse, the same can be said for him. In large the reason why he goes unrecognized is because I think people anticipated him to become a different sort of player than he is. And he has certain defining strengths.

But that being said, I have to tip my hat to that line - along with Kostopoulos - through thick and thin, that line is the definition of heart.

When the rest of our team doesn't bring it, the three of them were always doing their best. Last year our third-liners carried us through the Playoffs. I wish I didn't sound so fatalistic.

But you never know. There are three more periods, if there is nothing else I've learned as a Habs fan, you can't predict anything. No matter what, it's never boring. No matter what, we're not the Leafs.

I will be shooting, but I'm going to tape the game. I'll try my best to keep my attentions away from it, because I am on quite a hockey-crazy set. These guys have all restored my faith in the NHL functioning in the States. Maybe there aren't as many Rangers fans as Yankees fans but they're die-hard, and they're like Canadiens fans...they know all the gossip, they know everything Pierre McGuire and Al Strachan would know. So if I can, I'll watch when I get home at 5:45 in the morning.

And what's amazing, is during our ill-fated series against Philly, I was in Pittsburgh shooting a night scene as well. It's eerily...depressing.

Well, at least the Draft will be fun.

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