We may have seen the greatest upset in GVFHL history today. The Habs were a team that were a borderline playoff club and were behind the Hurricanes in the standings by an overwhelming 21 wins and had 41 less points in the standings. Add to this the Habs had a -5 goals differential vs the Hurricanes +104 goals differential. This was a series that was supposed to be over 3 games ago. The Habs were just happy to be in the playoffs and would’ve been thrilled just with that.
Going onto enemy ice the odds were stacked against the Habs in game 7, the Canes were heavy favourites to not only beat them, but also to win the cup. The Habs didn’t care though. Vet coach John Tortorella helped keep his guys focused on the task at hand and to keep playing their tough brand of hard working hockey. Brady Tkachuk best exemplified this as he was all over the stat sheet. In the series the star rookie showed off his potential putting up 5 goals and 6 assists in these 7 games. Add to that Tkachuk also put up 13 hits and he was an impossible player to contain. “He’s the only reason we won” said Hab’s star Forsberg in regards to Tkachuk. “He gave us so much energy on the bench with his hits and to add to that he was making plays and scoring big goals for us, can’t ask much more of the kid. He’s going to be a star for years to come”. Forsberg himself had a really good series as well. Leading all Habs players in goals with 6 total and he also put up 15 hits.
The Habs are matched up with the Leafs in the 2nd round, should be an interesting series and another potential 7 game long one. No matter what though Habs fans will be happy as they keep defying the odds and pushing on forward.