An emotional roller coaster was what Game 6 indeed was!
Koivu returns, plays the kind of inspired game we all love him for. Higgins steps up. Plekanec nets a big goal. The Canadiens carry a 2-1 margin confidently into the third.
Then, all hell breaks loose.
The Bruins system of sending two forecheckers deep in killing the Canadiens late in the game. What Claude Julien retained from caoching the Habs during three seasons is obviously helping him gain a measure of revenge against the team who let him go.
The table is now set for Game 7, and it just might come down to the last shot wins!
As long as the game doesn't head to OT. I don't feel the old ticker can handle it at this point.
Heartbreak In Beantown - Gazette
"An alleged mismatch between the No. 1-seeded Canadiens and the No. 8 Boston Bruins returns to Montreal tomorrow for a seventh and deciding game, after the Bruins defeated the Canadiens 5-4 last night in a stunning Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff." - Gazette
Koivu Happy To Be Back - Gazette
"This would have been a remarkable comeback for most players. Not for Saku Koivu. Not for the Canadiens captain who six years ago recovered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma to not merely resume his career, but to score 10 points in 12 postseason games and play some of the finest hockey of his life." - Dave Stubbs
"I Don't ( Expletive ) Believe It" - Gazette
"First came the high fives, then the expletives, as Habs fans at home watched their team lose a hard-fought Game 6 against Boston last night. "I don't (expletive) believe it," said Joel Beaulé, 34, who remained calm throughout the third period while cheers and chanting gave way to sweaty brows and nervous faces at the Peel Pub on Peel St." - Amy Luft
"Game 7: It's Do Or Die For The Habs - Gazette
""We went up 3-2 on (Francis Bouillon's) goal and then we made a series of mistakes and gave them three goals on breaks," Carbonneau said. "But they created those breaks and took advantage of them. We had veteran guys on the ice every time, but we didn't react the right way." - Pat Hickey
Bruins Force A Seventh Game - Globe Sports
"When it was his turn to sit at podium for his post-game remarks, 20 minutes after the pesky Boston Bruins forced a seventh and deciding game with a wild and wacky 5-4 victory at TD Banknorth Garden, the Canadiens bench boss sent a clear message to his high-scoring line of Alex Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn as well as veteran defenceman Roman Hamrlik." - Tim Wharnsby
Bruins Have Final Say In Back And Forth Affair - Lions In Winter
"Boston had just taken the 4-3 lead and it looked like the game may be over. Luckily for us no one told that to Saku and his line who had an answer just 11 seconds later. The puck got dumped in soon after the face-off (which Saku won) at centre ice. It was then the captain who raced behind the net and knocked the much bigger (4" taller, 20 lbs. heavier) Shane Hnidy off the puck. He then fed Sergei Kostitsyn who came out from behind the net and found a wide open Christopher Higgins who buried his second of the game; it drew the teams level on goals for the fifth time all game." - Tobalev
Where There's Life - The H Does Not Stand For Habs
"I thought this year would be different. I thought the team had such a great season, with everything coming together, that it would carry over into the playoffs. Not so. The old line goes that the playoffs are a whole new season. That was never more true than it's been for this first round between Montreal and Boston. Everything the Canadiens did to Boston in the regular season has been forgotten by all but the Bruins, who are now taking their revenge by doing it straight back to the Habs." - J.T.
Bruins Passover Habs - Four Habs Fans
"The Great Sea parted, with Bruin players and fans amassed unmercifully on two compressed fronts. The Habs army began to march through with confidence, in praise of this great breach. And soon thereafter, the walls began their devastating descent on the trapped Canadiens, caught in a bewildered state of paralysis and confusion. If the Bruins had appeared the weaker opponent for so long a time, incapable of winning let alone scoring on this Montreal team, today they are now transformed, the better team of the series. The waves conquered the Canadiens and tumbled on them with fury." - Habsfan4
Let's Just Bury Game Six And Concentrate On Game Seven - Dennis Kane's Excellent Montreal Canadiens Blog
"The picture is now crystal clear. Boston has figured Montreal out, and Montreal doesn’t know how to figure Boston out. Claude Julien understands how playoff hockey works, adjusted nicely, and his team has delivered." - Dennis Kane
"Nous n'avons plus le choix" - RDS
"Évidemment l’atmosphère n’était pas à la fête dans le vestiaire du Canadien à la suite du revers de 5-4 subi samedi soir à Boston."
"On a travaillé pour obtenir l'avantage de la patinoire, on va l'utiliser" - La Presse
"La déferlante qui s'est abattue sur le filet du Canadien en troisième période a laissé Guy Carbonneau bouche bée. Échapper de la sorte un match qu'il menait pourtant 2-1 après deux périodes... Que peut-il en retirer de bien? - Marc Antoine Godin
Koivu: " Je n'aurais manqué ce match pour rien au monde" - La Presse
"Le capitaine reconnaît qu'il a trouvé le temps long, surtout que cette année est peut-être celle qui peut le plus lui permettre de rêver depuis qu'il est à Montréal. "Ça faisait quelques années qu'on n'avait pas vécu ça. On sent l'enthousiasme chez les fans et les joueurs quand on regarde les matchs. C'est bien d'être de retour dans la vraie atmosphère." - Marc Antoine Godin
"Nos meilleurs doivent être nos meilleurs": Carbo - Le Journal
"C’est extrêmement décevant, a dit d’entrée de jeu l’entraîneur du Tricolore après la rencontre. " On vient de bousiller deux chances de mettre fin à la série, mais on a per mis aux Bruins de revenir de l’arrière." - Marc De Foy
Bergeron a Pensé au CH - Le Journal
"Malheureux de son utilisation (sa production avait chuté de 31 à 22 buts), Bergeron avait surpris son père en lui disant qu'il envisageait la possibilité de jouer avec le Canadien, ce qui lui permettrait par la même occasion de se rapprocher de la famille." - Bertrand Raymond
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An emotional roller coaster was what Game 6 indeed was!