If you told me a week ago that there would be an episode eight of this podcast, I might not have believed you. Alas, the Montreal Canadiens completed an epic comeback to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs and book their ticket to Manitoba to face the Winnipeg Jets. On the line this time is North Division supremacy.
The Habs dominated their way to a 1-0 series lead, but it was unfortunately tarnished by a disgusting, needless hit delivered by Mark Scheifele on Jake Evans at the end of the game. On behalf of the entire EOTP crew, I wish to extend our absolute best to him in his recovery.
Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes for game 1.
I’ll obviously address the elephant in the room. Scheifele should be suspended, or the league risks future games of this series devolving into violent affairs. The league must act or they force Montreal’s players to do it for them.
Joel Edmundson had perhaps his best game as a Canadien, and the surprising pair of Eric Staal and Corey Perry continue to be lynchpins in their team’s success. Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield appear to be getting more and more comfortable together. There was plenty to like in the first 58 minutes of the game.
The Canadiens were dominant at five-on-five, so I’ll talk about how important that is, and how staying out of the box in order to allow that play to dictate the result of this series will be paramount.