Eric Staal is helping the team as much as anyone right now as the Canes head north with a chance to close out the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Canes lead 3-2 after dropping the first two games of the series at home.
One by one, on this sun-splashed morning, they walked into this deathly quiet Bell Centre, heads down, shoulders slumped, wearing threads favoured by today’s multi-millionaires (jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, long hair and frowns.)
Your Canadiens were there for a noon-time meeting with GM/interim head coach Bob Gainey, secure (well, almost) in the knowledge that tonight’s Game 6 with the Carolina Hurricanes is a toss-up between vacation time and seventh heaven.
What might also have been going through the windmills of their minds was that after three consecutive losses following victories on the road in the first two games of this seven-game, first-round series, when does ‘L’, as in leader, step up.