Thursday, April 29, 2010

Michael Cammalleri: Habs Jewish 2010 playoff co-saviour

If you're a fan of NHL playoff hockey and specifically a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, then you know today is a special day.

The Habs just knocked off the No.1 seeded Washington Capitals and now prepare to take on Sydney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, arguably a better team than the Capitals.

The Habs were given no chance to advance beyond the first round. But they have. How?

Well, as they say, goaltending is the key to hockey success. In that regard, the Canadiens may have found their next Patrick Roy in Jaroslav Halak. He, perhaps more than any other player, pulled the team to the next round with extraordinary, mind-boggling play; stopping pucks like a brick wall stops a handball.

But let's take a little liberty with Jewish biblical figures: if Halak is Moses, leading the Canadienites out of the Washington desert, then surely his Aaron is Michael Cammallerri.

Currently, Cammallerri sits fourth in playoff scoring with 10 points, four back of Sydney Crosby. But among those 10 points are game-winning goals and production that Montreal's only "star" player was expected to produce.

Heading into the Pittsburgh series, Cammalleri will be relied upon to carrying the bulk of the offensive load for a Habs team that is short on firepower but apparently long on resilience.

Perhaps he'll take Moses'... er, Halak's staff and hold it aloft for awhile so that his beleaguered goalie can catch his breath and be given some solid leads to protect.

Mazal Tov Michael, Jaroslav and the boys in Blue, Blanc et Rouge.

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