Montreal Canadiens 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 FINAL – Habs Inch Closer To Stanley Cup, Win Eastern Conference Semifinal Series Against Pittsburgh 4-3
The Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight 5-2 to win their NHL Semifinal series 4-3 and and advance to the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Final.
The Habs improbable run began 27 days ago when Tomas Plekanec rifled a shot from the high slot into the top right corner of the net for a surprising overtime victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals.
Most pundits didn’t expect this club, which lost more games than it won during the 2009-10 regular season, to win more than a time or two this postseason. The Canadiens knew it, and have rallied with a “no one believes in us” mantra.
Montreal, having already knocked off the Presidents’ Trophy winners in the first round will play the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday in Game 7 at Mellon Arena (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS).
Should they pull it off, the Canadiens will be in an Eastern Conference Final against either Boston or Philadelphia. Given Montreal’s resume this postseason, it would be fair to think the Canadiens might be the favorites to win such a series and earn a place in the Stanley Cup Final.