"Get er done"
Finally, a home team won a hockey game in this series! Where do I start? Let's start with the good news. 1) The Canes won game five and are in the drivers seat. 2) Over the years, 80 percent of the teams who won game 5 have gone on to win the series. 3) The Canes special teams were very good tonight both on the PP and the PK. 4) The Canes had 2 breakaways in the game, and 5) Cam Ward was once again outstanding. Having said all that, I was not totally happy with the Canes game tonight. I really felt that in game 4 they had found their game again. They played very solid defensively in that game and did a great job of limiting any quality scoring chances by the Habs forwards. I thought that in game five the Canes would come out clicking on all cylinders after the 2 big wins in Montreal and start to dominate this series. They actually started well I thought, but Montreal did a good job of weathering the storm by dumping pucks off the glass and out into the neutral zone. As the game progressed, I felt that the Canes had to many turnovers in this game that resulted in a lot of opportunities for the Canadiens. Hey , the bottom line is the Canes won and the Habs didn't, and that is all that matters, but this game was won as a result of some good plays on the special teams and some key saves by Ward and not by a solid 60 minutes of hockey like we saw in game 4. Maybe it's the excitement of trying to put on a good show in front of the home crowd, and maybe the Canes will be able to play their game on the road in Montreal on Tues., only time will tell. The fact is the Canes are up 3-2 and in the drivers seat with two chances to eliminate the Habs. Lets not wait to game seven. "Get er done."