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Michael Ziegler
Education: Bialik High School Class of 2013, Dawson College Class of 2015, McGill Political Science Student. Born and raised in Montreal, the Canadiens have always been a big part of my life. What started out as a way to blow off some steam after a tough loss in the 2011 playoffs eventually became a popular hit with Facebook friends around the internet. On PGT, I like to dissect each and every Habs game and promote discussion about the team. Other interests: Aside from Hockey and sports in general, I love music. During the summer I work for Camp Wingate, a sleep-away sports camp just north of Montreal. Favourite places in Webspace: If you are looking for the latest news around the NHL, visit NHL.com For more Montreal Canadiens talk, visit Allaboutthehabs.com, or hockeyinsideout.com

Thoughts on the Playoff Run

1) Tough way to end an amazing playoff run. From the comeback(s) against Ottawa to beating the Bruins, this was truly an amazing team to watch.

2) What's even more incredible? Galchenyuk- 20 years old, Beaulieu- 21, Tinordi- 22, Gallagher- 22, Tokarski- 24, Eller- 25, Pacioretty- 25, PK- 25, Price- 26. That's a bright, bright future.

3) Lars Eller was the Habs' best, and most consistent player this postseason. Eller was great game in and game out and has become a really important player on this roster.

4) In 5 playoff games, Alex Galchenyuk was the difference maker we expected him to be. Now imagine him in 3 years, playing centre with Brendan Gallagher by his side. Consistent 80+ point seasons is seriously possible.

5) For all the David Desharnais haters out there, if you watched any games this postseason, you'd see how important this player is. Not only to Max Pacioretty, but to the team. As good as he is offensively, Desharnais has improved his defensive game by leaps and bounds since the beginning of the year. He's a keeper.

6) I'm undecided on whether I would sign Brian Gionta or not. He's a leader, and a good player, but he's lost a couple steps, and he showed it against NY.

7) For Thomas Vanek's sake, I really hope he was injured. He played pretty well tonight, but this guy was supposed to be the difference maker who pushed the Habs over the top. Instead he was playing on the 4th line averaging a shot a game. Good luck in Minny, Thomas (If they still want you).

8) From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Dustin Toksarski for keeping this series interesting. Helluva goalie.

9) Congrats to the Rangers. They were the better team. Well deserved.

10) Thank you to all who have stuck with me through the playoffs. I know I'm quite hard to deal with at times, but I appreciate you all sticking around for the ride. Until next year. #GHG

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