An epic collapse

Penner in OT, off a Cammalleri turnover

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An epic collapse

An unSuper Sunday for your Montreal Canadiens, who blew a 3-0 lead and watched the Rangers score FIVE unanswered goals in the second and third periods.

"I think they just picked it up and started to skate more," said Saku Koivu in response to aa suggestion that the Rangers’ physical play  had turned the game around.

"In the first period we got pucks in their end and were able to get chances because of that. Then in the second half of the game we weren’t skating as well and we didn’t get the pucks deep. We kind of got away from our game plan."

 "You couldn’t ask for a better start," said Mike Komisarek. "We have to find a way to bury a team and close the gate."

The Canadiens defenceman said the Rangers began to win battles along the boards as the game progressed. Echoing his captain’s analysis, Komisarek said the Rangers’ physical play hadn’t intimidated the Canadiens.

"When we’re prepared to battle, we can play that kind of game. It’s more of an attitude and mentality we have to have, to keep pushing. You can’t let a team like that back in the game.

"We tried too many fancy things instead of sticking with what worked for us."

Christopher Higgins said the Rangers began to win neutral-zone battles in the second half of the game.

"They clogged it up and we played right into it," Higgins said. "Instead of chipping it by them we were trying to make those cute passes. Instead of making them go the whole length of the ice, they only had to go half the ice.

"We stopped skating. That’s what it comes down to." 

"These are the kinds of lessons we have to learn as the season goes on and into the playoffs," Komisarek added. "When you have a team down you have to bury them."

Was there a sense that things were slipping away?

"I don’t think so," Komisarek said. "It was just a hard-fought game. Playoff atmosphere, the buzz in the building, the intensity, the battles.

"They got better as the game went on. As a team, we have to feel that pressure and push back." 


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