Game 1 – Canadiens 6, Hurricanes 1

Some thought on being at the RBC Center last night for that great Montreal victory.

21,000-ish fans, that place was LOUD. It was nice to see fans haven’t lost any of the enthusiasm from the Toronto semi-final in 2002, though it’s hard to understand southern hockey culture when fans save their loudest cheer for a former WWF wrestle in a Canes Jersey.

That first goal… my stomach dropped. Huet looked nervous; Souray, lazy. Hillbilly Happiness, crack the Moonshine Cletus!

An equalizer top shelf, the Habs start to play their book on Gruber – aim high!

Hillybilly Heartache: The Lames can’t score on a 55 second 5 on 3. The fans get restless, the situation is made worse by the 4 French Canadian fans in the back who drove all night from Montreal’s East End. The “Olay-olay” song begins. The redneck behind me threatens to meet them outside after the game.

DON’T GIVE KOVELEV ANY ROOM. The Lames do it twice and pay mightily for it.

The gutsiest play of the game: Koivu’s sprawl pass to Sundstrum who breaks from the penalty box to the net. Sundstrum misses but Higgins banks it off Gruber on the rebound.

Hillbilly Meltdown. Fans are leaving in droves. They miss the final humiliation. Souray atones for his weak defense in the first with a rocket blast from the face off circle. Again, top shelf.

I can’t wait for Monday night.

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