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Hockey Night in CanadaTrillo Talk: Habs couldn't overcome injuries

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 | 08:32 AM

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Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien and his dejected players watch the final seconds tick away in their series against Ottawa. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press) Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien and his dejected players watch the final seconds tick away in their series against Ottawa. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

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Pittsburgh's decision to switch goaltenders worked quite well indeed, while the Ottawa Senators and Chicago Blackhawks were the second and third teams, respectively, to advance to the conference semifinal stage of the NHL playoffs.

Ottawa Senators 6, Montreal Canadiens 1

On-Ice: Oh man, it kills me to say the first two teams to be eliminated in these playoffs are Canadian. Vancouver, and now Montreal. I know no one wants to use injuries as an excuse, but I will say this: The timing of the Habs injuries, and the fact they were to key players, took the wind out of their sails.

On the flip side, the Senators were decimated by injuries during the regular season to key guys but somehow never fell out of the playoff picture. Perhaps it was the power of the Alfie neon head strap, but hey, whatever works! In true hockey talk, the Senators played the full 60 minutes. During the series, Ottawa outscored Montreal in the third period 13-0. Both coaches showed a lot of class after the game. The war of words ended immediately, as it should. After all, the words exchanged were all about gaining an edge with mind games. Once the series is done, no need for the head games anymore - until the next round, of course!

Off-Ice: Turns out Paul MacLean's mother is a Habs fan. Hey coach, whatever you were going to spend on Mother's Day, quadruple it.


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Pittsburgh Penguins 4, New York Islanders 0

On-Ice: Soo, what happened to Tomas Vokoun having onlyplayed 11 NHL playoff games in nine years? The Islanders were flying in that first period and Vokoun shut the door. I'm looking forward to Game 6, and wondering if the novelty of Vokoun being in net will wear off quickly for the Pens. Will the Islanders figure him out? Either way, I'm loving the challenge the eighth seed is giving the first seed.

Off-Ice: Dear Sid, these are your bones speaking. Please do not stand in front of the net, especially against the Islanders. Thank you, much appreciated.

Chicago Blackhawks 5, Minnesota Wild 1

On-Ice: The Blackhawks are in prime form. They started the season going undefeated in regulation for 24 straight games. This is the first series Chicago has won since they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, and they're looking like that winning team again. This truly was an eighth seed team not matching up with the first seed, who were also Presidents' Trophy winners.

Off-Ice: As the playoffs continue, it's always entertaining to see how the beards are coming along. But man, oh man, I can't wait to see the throwback mullet Patrick Kane starts to sport.

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