Hockey fans have to love the parody going on in the playoffs this year. Sure, we are only one game into the conference quarterfinals. It is quite likely some of these series will turn around for the higher seeds and go only five games. However, having the potential of longer series makes for a more enjoyable playoff season.
But back to Montreal.
Montreal was the perennial NHL (If not sports in general) franchise. They didn't just win the Stanley Cup, they stole it away from the rest of the league, for years at a time - as many as five years in a row, more than once. But that was then. Now, it has been 17 years since the Canadiens made a trip to the finals.
Can this storied Canadian franchise take down America's capital city franchise? Probably not. But they can make a series out of it. They show heart - fueled by the best hockey fans in the world. Sorry Detroit, but refer to the NHL attendance report I posted a day ago. Montreal wins.
Honestly, I just hope they can turn it around. I see Montreal's current 17-year drought as a lesson to franchises like Detroit. Being on top means falling hard, and all that, etc. But the fans have never given up on the team - which is the only reason this franchise is still around, still trying to contend for Lord Stanley's Cup. Don't take anything for granted.