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This year Canadians squad really reminds me of the 2006 Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers were a team like the Canadians who made the playoffs in the last week of the season. The Oilers were set to face a juggernaut in the Detroit Red Wings in the first round as the number 8 seed. The Red Wings were the President Trophy winner and seen as the Stanley Cup favorite, or one of the top contenders. However, the Red Wings ran into a hot goalie named Dwyane Roloson. Roloson was face nearly and sometimes over 50 shots a night, but hung in there and helped the Oilers defeat the Red Wings in six games. The Oilers would then move on to play the San Jose Sharks in an odd year where the bottom four playoff teams advanced to the 2nd round. The 2nd round would go the same way with less shots on goal by the Sharks and would end in 6 game favoring the Oilers. The Next round to prove to be the easiest round so far for the Oilers as they would take out the Anaheim Ducks in five games and become the first team since the 16 team playoff format was formed to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers would have to wait for the winner of the Eastern series between. Well I am pretty sure if you are reading my blog you know how that series would go as the Hurricanes would get up 3-1 before Edmonton would force a 7th game with Jussi Markinen in goal after Roloson suffered a knee injury in game one. Even though the Oilers would end up losing 3-1 in the seventh game they inspired the saying all you have to do is make the playoffs.
With that being said can the Montreal Canadians pull off a simular run here in the 2010 playoffs. The Montreal Canadians were basically in the same position as the Oilers as they did not clinch a playoff spot until the second to last day of the seaosn. Their reward would be the president trophy winners and the best regular season team in the Washington Capitals and a lot of people felt it was the Capitals time to win a cup. Then came the true coming out party of Jarsolv Halak. Like Roloson did in 2006 he was stopping nearly 50 shots a night as his team was barely getting 20 shots most night. However, the series was a tougher one for the Canadians as they had to come back from 3-1 series deficit to beat the Capital in seven game. The Canadians were led by a top end defenseman in Chris Pronger, while the Canadians have a big defenseman and leader Hal Gil. The Simularity’s are there, but with the Canadians now down 2-1 it will be interesting to see if they can make a run like the 2006 Edmonton Oilers