Habs melt down as Capitals keep rolling
Remember a couple of days ago when we were lamenting how Alex Ovechkin was feeling the pressure, how the Caps looked unprepared for the playoffs and how it seemed the Canadiens could actually have a chance at pulling off a monster upset?
Well, let’s just end that talk here and now.
The Montreal Canadiens have melted down in three straight games, and are now on the verge of an ultimate elimination at the hands of the Capitals. Does anyone believe they’ll put together three straight wins now? Didn’t think so.
What has been amazing to watch is just how quickly the meltdowns have come. These haven’t been systematic beatings by the Capitals; it’s been more akin to predator waiting and waiting patiently for it’s prey to weaken before it attacks in one, violent motion.
The question now is just who the Canadiens put in net in Game 5. Jaroslav Halak looked ready for a breakdown in Game 3, and played right into Ovechkin’s claim he was ‘rattled’. Carey Price, after allowing two quick goals tonight was penalized for shooting the puck at the celebrating Habs players, then appeared to take a swipe at a passing Caps player from the bench.
Both goaltenders are struggling, and this comes after the Capitals looked to be in all sorts of trouble at the end of the 2nd period down 4-1. Since then, the Capitals have controlled the series and now have three chances to put away the Canadiens.
And Alex Ovechkin? He looks like he’s right back on track. Tonight was the first game of the playoffs where the speed we’re all used to seeing from him, and had two highlight goals once again. He’ll be fine.