There will be an Airbus A320 charter jet fuelled and ready to fly from Trudeau airport to Logan International late Tuesday night. Montreal Canadiens players, coaches and management will have arrived at the Bell Centre late in the afternoon with suitcases packed for an overnight trip, a motorcoach parked at the arena awaiting its flight-bound passengers.
Just one thing must be accomplished for a team to buckle in: defeat the Boston Bruins.
“No one’s going to leave anything behind,” Canadiens centre Scott Gomez was saying after the club’s Monday practice, speaking not of luggage but of effort.
Game 6 of the Canadiens-Bruins NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final at the Bell will either send this remarkable playoff series back to Boston for a seventh and deciding game on Wednesday, or it will be a brick-wall finish to the Canadiens’ season, the victorious Bruins moving on to the conference semifinals with a 4-2 series win.