As you splendid readers might recall, about a week ago I hitched my hockey wagon to the Montreal Canadiens after decades of despising Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge (you can review the sad surrender here).
Since then, the Canadiens have been thoroughly outplayed, outcoached, and outclassed by the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
Game 1 saw the Bolts totally manhandle Les Habitants in a 5-1 runaway.
Stay calm, I thought – Montreal got mugged by the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the previous round, but then came back to win the series 4-2.
Sure enough, the Canadiens dominated Game 2 until they had a couple of brain freezes at critical times and lost 3-1.
Game 3? Don’t even ask.
As for tonight’s Game 4, let’s hope the Lightning – a team I’ve found impressive although not all that appealing – can put us out of our misery.
And let me go back to hating the Canadiens for a whole new array of reasons.