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Hey hockey lunatics, here's a quick series breakdown for the all Canadian Gens C final:

#1 Montreal(SEBE) vs. #3 Quebec(Mylec Street God)

Reg. season record-

MON 31-6-1-2

QUE 28-11-1-0

Season series-MON wins 3-1

How they stack up:

Offense

The Habs posesses the league's best offense, lighting the lamp 185 times in a mere 38 games. Led by Stephan Lebeau, crafty vet Denis Savard and speedy winger Vinnie Damphousse, they caused many a headache for gens c goaltenders in the regular season. The Nordique can find the net as well as anyone, scoring 180 goals in the regular season, second only to division rival Montreal. The deadly 1-2 punch of Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin proved nearly unstoppable this season.

Advantage: Even

Defense

The Canadiens shut opponents down from the start of the season to the end, allowing a league-low 88 goals(a miniscule 2.3 goals per game). With a deep and talented defensive corp, the Habs always have a go to guy if a starter is off his game. The Nords possess a highly skilled d-unit as well, allowing the forth-fewest goals with 105. Steve Duchesne and Co. can not only stifle their opponents rushes, but contribute on offense as well.

Advantage: Montreal

Goaltending

What more can be said of Patrick Roy? If he is on his game he can shut his opponents down single-handedly. Quebec had better hope for a few "cold" games from this superstar goalie. In the Quebec nets, Ron Hextall is definately competant and comes up with timely saves- but he's no Roy.

Advantage: Montreal

Coaching

Both coaches are extremely confident and prepared to go into this series after dismantling their respective opponents in the first round. Both are very solid in all technical and positional aspects of the game, so expect a series of chess matches throughout.

Advantage: Even

Intangibles

After sweeping through Washington in the first round, the Canadiens may underestimate their highly skilled opponent at first. This could potentially be a huge mistake, as the Nordiques were one of the leagues hottest teams in the second half of the season. The Nords came off a much tougher first round series vs. the Penguins, and are already in full playoff mode.

Advantage: Nordiques

What Montreal needs to do to win: Try to find ways around Quebecs' great positional defensive play and make Hextall stop first,second and third shots.

Patrick Roy must make the saves that goalies usually don't make.

Game breaker: Roy

What Quebec needs to do to win: Use their size against Montreal's smaller, skilled forwards and try anything to get Roy off his game.

Game breaker: Sundin

Prediction: Expect this one to go the distance. This will be an epic series. Nords in seven.

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Excellent breakdown, great analysis. Very accurate, its going to be an excellent series, i feel fortunate to have made it this far. Patrick has been great between the pipes, and defensively, we have been playing very patient. Quebec has some key playoff performers that will definably cause some problems for us. I think if we stay focused and stick to the game plan we can be successful.

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