Canadiens' Website advises Canadiens lose game 4
In the annals of "Keys to the Game" space fillers, I can't recall ever seeing a key to the game that recommended the team in question lose the game. If that's Montreal's last, best strategy, I'm guessing the Habs are in trouble. This comes from the team's Web site. It's only the third of five keys:
Lose Game 4: While it might sound crazy, un-winning the fourth game of this series might put the Capitals exactly where the Canadiens want them. Adept at blowing series leads, just as they did last spring when they squandered a 2-0 series edge before bowing out to the Penguins in the second round, the Caps have assembled quite an impressive collection of epic meltdowns over the years. When it comes to blowing 3-1 series leads, no team compares to the Capitals. With three such implosions on record, including in 1987 against the Islanders and 1992 and 1995 against the Penguins, the Capitals take the cake in this dubious category. The only other teams with more than one such collapse on their playoff resume are the Red Wings, Flyers, and Avalanche.
Inasmuch as Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Semyon Varlamov -- arguably the Caps' three best players in this series -- were not born in the spring of 1987, I might argue that result is only tangentially related to this series, in much the same way that Vinny Cerrato is only tangentially related to NFL draft expertise.
But whatever. We're all looking for something to write. Bruce Boudreau put it best on Monday morning, when asked about some of the chirping storylines:
"Well, this happens all the time, except we make tons more of it now," he said. "We're all looking for the littlest thing to make a story out of, and what we make stories out of usually are nothing....I mean, I think all the things that have been said - from what Tomas [Plekanec] has said, from what Alex [Ovechkin] has said - are so innocent little things. When Tomas said [Montreal had an advantage in net], he was looking at record and what he believes in his goalies, and I would have said the same thing if I was him. And what Alex said [about Halak's hand shaking], I mean, none of these things are really print-worthy."
But we need more and more content in the playoffs, and so we'll publish keys to the game that include a recommendation to lose a game. And then we'll blog about those keys. And then we'll go refill the coffee and look for something else to write.
(Via Reader Richard)
UPDATE: That particular key to Game 4 -- losing -- has been replaced by a different key, scoring first. That's a lot less original.
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