May 8, 2013
Montreal Canadiens facing elimination against Ottawa Senators
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Ottawa Senator Matt Kassian battles with Montreal Canadiens P.K. Subban in front of Habs netminder Carey Price during NHL playoff hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Tuesday May 7,2013. Errol McGihon/The Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

It has come to this for Les Glorieux.

Now or never. No tomorrow. Backs to the wall.

Pull out any cliche for a team facing elimination and every one of them applies to the mountainous task the Montreal Canadiens are facing as they prepare for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Senators Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

Trailing 3-1 in the series, the Habs can only try to stave off elimination before they can even think about having a realistic chance of advancing to Round 2. A brilliant season is about to go down the tubes with an early summer.

The Habs were defiant they wouldn't go down without a fight with reporters at their training facility in Brossard, Que., Wednesday afternoon. Defenceman P.K. Subban issued the closest to what anybody would call fighting words.



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