‘Crazy’ Canadiens familiar with staring down adversity

MONTREAL (AP) — Throughout a season that has actually been anything however regular for Dominique Ducharme, the Montreal Canadiens interim coach discovers it in some way apt his group is flying into a prospective cyclone for Video game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

“It’s no surprise anymore,” Ducharme stated Tuesday prior to the Canadiens boarded a flight for Tampa, Florida, which simply takes place to be in the predicted course for Elsa, the hurricane and previous cyclone churning in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It’s been crazy,” he included. “But we’re a crazy bunch of guys in here, and we’re going to take that challenge.”

Canada’s Olympic males’s ski group, that included the similarity “Jungle” Jim Hunter, Steve Podborski and Ken Read, in the 1970s and early ’80s was as soon as billed as the “Crazy Canucks” since of the threats they’d take in order to win on the slopes.

Now come the insane Canadiens, who deal with a high fight to keep the Tampa Bay Lightning from winning the Stanley Cup. Montreal is trying to accomplish the NHL unlikely in ending up being simply the 5th group — and 2nd in the last — to get rid of a 3-0 series playoff deficit.

“It’s probably part of our destiny,” Ducharme stated, expecting Video game 5 on Wednesday night.

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The Canadiens are still playing after Ducharme’s lineup modifications settled with Josh Anderson — playing together with brand-new linemates Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield — scoring two times, consisting of the overtime objective in a 3-2 win to prevent being swept.

When it comes to fate, what hardships haven’t the Canadiens get rid of with Montreal taking pleasure in the company’s inmost playoff run because winning its 24th Cup title in 1993?

They closed the season with injuries to essential gamers, consisting of goalie Carey Cost and alternate captain Brendan Gallagher, who missed out on the last 6 weeks with a damaged left thumb. Defenseman Jeff Petry missed out on 2 championship game after capturing his fingers in a professional photographer’s hole in the glass.

Then there was COVID-19. Aside from having a team-wide break out in April, Montreal was down to its 3rd coach in assistant Luke Richardson after Ducharme checked favorable and was required to miss out on 2 weeks of the playoffs prior to returning for Video game 3 of the last. Ducharme, obviously, took control of after Claude Julien was suddenly fired in February.

Don’t forget the on-ice obstacles the Canadiens have actually gazed down, such as rallying from a 3-1 first-round series deficit versus Toronto.

The Quebec federal government hasn’t offered the house group a break, with health authorities restricting the house crowd to 3,500 at the Bell Centre, which has a capability of 21,300.

“This whole season has been kind of chaotic, kind of hectic,” veteran forward Corey Perry stated. “We’ve kind of gone through everything,”

Instead of stress, Perry stated the focus needs to stay on taking pleasure in the minute.

“Dom is right: We’re a crazy bunch of people. This is fun to do here in Montreal,” he included. “Be prepared to work, but at the end of the day, it’s just hockey and have fun.”

Crazy as it may sound, as Anderson put it on Sunday: “We’ve got nothing to lose.”

‘Crazy’ Canadiens familiar with gazing down misfortune initially appeared on NBCSports.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.