“We believe in ourselves”: Canadiens feel helpless against Golden Knights Dominique Ducharme’s Montreal Canadiens to have beaten the odds twice in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Completing three straight wins against the Sin City team is also their biggest accomplishment so far. Dominique Ducharme’s Montreal Canadiens have beaten the odds twice in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Completing three consecutive wins against the Sin City team is also their biggest accomplishment so far. After the Canadiens experienced a difficult regular season, a balanced offense, and tough physical defense, as well as excellent goaltending, they have unlocked the secret to success.The Canadiens will once again compete with the Vegas Gold Cavaliers and former captain Max Pacioretti entered the semifinals together as a big underdog.
the Golden Cavaliers finished second overall
They don’t mind at all. “Personally, I always like to prove people wrong,” Montreal interim head coach Ducham said Friday. “When people think we can’t do something … this is another level where we can get energized.” After beating the Colorado Avalanche in six games Thursday, the Golden Cavaliers finished second overall and scored 23 points, 18 points more than the Canadiens. In the 30-plus third round, they felt like the biggest favorite in the league.
Vegas trailed the series 2-0 before winning four straight games. In four seasons, they have reached this stage of the playoffs an incredible three times. The Golden Cavaliers are well-balanced, with speed, skill, and toughness, and reached the Vezina Trophy final with Marc-Andre Fleury.
At the same time, the Canadians scored less in the annual spring ball. Due to COVID-19, the ball will last until the summer of 221, and is only expected to become cannon fodder for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the opening ceremony. After beating the best team in the North by a score of 3-1 in the series, Montreal has almost no chance of advancing in the subsequent showdown with the Winnipeg Jets. This team just swept Connor McDavid’s Ai Demonton Oilers.
The Canadiens not only beat the Jets, but did so in at least four games. “We’re really not (favorites) going that far, all right,” said center Nick Suzuki. “I have full confidence in this team.” Montreal-Las Vegas is full of storylines, including the dichotomy of the original six teams returning to the finals for the first time since 1993 against an expansion team.
But what may get people’s attention is that before being traded to Las Vegas in September 2018, Pasioretti played in red, white, and blue with him for the last three of nine seasons, the team serving as a captain in the battle. The Golden Cavaliers’ second overall pick, Suzuki is the key to the Canadiens’ deal, and the playoff bubble last year and during 2021 showed why general manager Mark Bergervin insisted on including him in the deal. “I just want to show that Montreal made the right decision,” Suzuki said. “I want to do my best for this team. “This is more to prove Mark right.” Selected by Vegas as the 13th overall pick in 2017, Suzuki participated in Golden Knight’s first training camp.
After 12 months, his career changed drastically after being in Vegas. In his first season, he unexpectedly made the cup final. “Joining the expansion team and being one of the first players is a great experience,” said the 21-year-old from London, Ontario. “It’s spectacular to see what they’ve done in such a short time. “(The deal) was a bit of a shock right away, but as time went on, I got more excited about the opportunity to be here to play for this amazing team.
I’m very lucky.” Suzuki, who has never spoken to Pacioretty, added that he and the former Montreal captain are different from the best-of-seven-game series opener at T-Mobile Arena on Monday. “It’s a little different for him,” Suzuki said. “I’m not part of that team. I’m just one of the prospects they drafted. “He’s an important part of the (Montreal) organization.” Although Suzuki and the Canadiens defeated the Golden Knights twice last season.