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Author: Ron Reusch

FORGET 6-0. A Long Flyers-Canadiens Series Looms

If a coach ever can figure out the why’s of team mass lethargy, he will go to the head of the class in the Hall of Fame. It took one period for the Flyers to figure out that the Canadiens were completely out to lunch. After that, it was easy.

The Canadiens have made it thus far on sheer hard work. When they don’t work, they are beaten. Badly. We saw it during the wild swings of the regular season and the four or five games during the playoffs. Four times in fifteen games they’ve let in six goals. In one three game stretch in the Washington series, all losses, they gave up 17 goals.

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GAME #1 EAST FINAL – Philadelphia-6 Canadiens-0

The Canadiens just don’t do opening nights very well. For the second consecutive series opener, the team laid an egg. Against the Penguins, Jaroslav Halak was pulled in favour of Carey Price with the score 5-2 and en route to a 6-2 defeat. Sunday night in game one against the Flyers it was 6-0.

The Canadiens were sluggish, undisciplined and uninvolved and paid a heavy price in losing to a Flyers team that only a day to rest after seven game series against Boston.

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He’s back. Just when you thought the Canadiens had enough of him, Sergei Kostitsyn was on the ice in Philadelphia this morning practicing with his teammates prior to the Eastern Conference final opening game tonight.

Kostitsyn was not allowed to travel with the team for games five and seven of the semi-final series against the Penguins. Prior to that, he had been called out by Carey Price for his too-casual approach in practice. At the end of this morning’s pre-game skate he was seen in a one-on-one discussion with coach Jacques Martin. He is not expected to be in tonight’s lineup.

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KIRK MULLER-Devils Next Head Coach?

Kirk Muller as New Jersey Devils head coach? This was part of Larry Brooks column in the New York Post today. Take it for what it’s worth.

Several individuals close to the scene in Montreal tell Slap Shots that assistant coach Kirk Muller is owed much of the credit for the Canadiens’ stunning success in knocking off Washington and Pittsburgh, so much so in fact, that he may well be a candidate to become the Devils’ next head coach

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