Washington is playing a Game 7 for the fourth consecutive series—all of those at home:
2008: Lost to Philadelphia, 3-2.
2009: Beat the Rangers, 2-1.
2009: Lost to Pittsburgh, 6-2.
It still strikes me as incredible that those rag-tag Rangers had a 3-1 series lead on the Caps and were in the game in Game 7 with a chance to advance. I’m not sure these Canadiens are any better, and this time the tables are turned … the Habs having trailed 3-1 in games.
As for Montreal, since 1971,when it beat Chicago to win the Stanley Cup in a Game 7, all of the Habs Game 7s have been against Boston. Until tonight.
Last night’s Game 7 turned out to be a dud. Kind of reminded me of the Rangers-Devils Game 7 in 1992, after their brawl at the end of Game 6. Total letdown. But does anybody want to play the Red Wings now? San Jose sure doesn’t. But has no choice.
AFTERNOON UPDATE, 2:40 P.M. (and fairly late): Jack Adams Trophy finalists (coach of the year, voted on by the broadcasters): Joe Sacco, Barry Trotz and Dave Tippett.