More Than Experience, It’s The Type of Experience

What a comeback! Or what a horrible choking job! If you listen to the announcers and panelists on Sportsnet and CBC, the Leafs’ lost that series. While they aren’t completely off, they fail miserably as pointing the finger to the true reason: the Montreal Canadiens. Ted Nolan once said that sometimes, we tend to look too deep into what we did wrong instead of looking at what the opponent did right. The Habs had a strategy and they executed it. They made adjustments for game five, six and seven and it paid off. The experience paid off.

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Surprises, Disappointments and Leaders Reflected Over 82 Games

And here we have it. The COVID shortened season is over for the Canadiens. After a gruelling 56 games, the team can finally have a bit of rest. You see, since the team has been forced to take an additional week off when Joel Armia and Jesperi Kotkaniemi were placed in the NHL COVID protocol, the Habs are the team that has played the most games since their return on March 30th. Their opponents were much more rested in that time, ranging from 21st to 31st in the same time span. The good news? They get a full week off without games to rest, heal and finally have quality practice time under Dominique Ducharme, something they weren’t able to get even during that week off. Further, they will now be on an equal playing field fatigue-wise when facing the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round.

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