The Montreal Canadiens are all too familiar with staring at adversity, with interim coach Dominique Ducharme calling his team “a crazy group of people.”
“It’s been crazy,” he said. “But we’re a crazy group of people here, and we’re going to take on that challenge.”
Game 5 is Wednesday night, which was set to take place after the worst storm to hit Tampa. Asked about the ability to postpone games, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press by the league that “when we have to take a call” on rescheduling games.
Canada’s Olympic men’s ski team, which included the likes of “Jungle” Jim Hunter, Steve Podborsky and Ken Reed in the 1970s and ’80s, was once billed as the “Crazy Canucks” because of their ability to take risks. In order to win on the slopes.
Now comes the Crazy Canadians, who face a tough fight to stop the Tampa Bay Lightning from winning the Stanley Cup. Montreal is attempting to achieve the NHL, becoming just the fifth team – and second in the final – to overcome a 3–0 series playoff deficit.
“It’s probably part of our fate,” Ducharme said, looking ahead to Game 5.
The Canadiens are still playing after Ducharm’s lineup changes with Josh Anderson paid off – playing alongside new linemates Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield – scoring twice, including overtime goals to avoid being swept away in a 3-2 win. for.
For destiny’s sake, what adversities haven’t the Canadiens overcome, with Montreal enjoying the organization’s deepest playoff run since winning their 24th Cup title in 1993?
He closed the season with injuries to key players including goalkeeper Carey Price and alternate captain Brendan Gallagher, who missed the final six weeks with a broken left thumb. Defenseman Jeff Petrie missed two playoff games after poke his fingers into a photographer’s hole in the glass.
Then there was COVID-19. In addition to having a team-wide outbreak in April, Montreal was down as its third coach in assistant Luke Richardson when Ducharm tested positive and was forced to miss the playoffs by two weeks before returning for Game 3 of the final. was forced to. Of course, Ducharm took over after Claude Julian was suddenly fired in February.
Don’t forget the on-ice challenges the Canadiens have seen, such as rallying in a 3-1 loss in the first-round series against Toronto.
The Quebec government has not given the home team a break, with health officials limiting the home crowd to 3,500 at the Bell Center, which has a capacity of 21,300.
“This whole season has been kind of chaotic and busy. We’ve gone through everything,” said veteran forward Cory Perry.
Instead of worrying, Perry said the focus should be on enjoying the moment.
“Dom is right: We’re a crazy group of people. It’s fun to do here in Montreal,” he said. “Get ready to work, but at the end of the day, it’s just hockey and have fun.”
As strange as it may sound, as Anderson said on Sunday: “We have nothing to lose.”
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