Game of the Year … for now

Canadiens president Pierre Boivin brought a special guest to the winning room: Montreal Symphony Orchestra conductor Kent Nagano.

When the maaestro’s small hand disappeared into Alex Kovalev’s for the grip-and-grim photo op, Nagano saiud how much he’d enjoyed the game.

"You should come more often," Kovalev quipped.

This was the 1812 Overture, the Eroica Symphony and the Ride of the Valkyrie – all rolled into 37 minutes of insane, come-from-behind hockey.

"My ears are still ringing," said Mike Komisarek. The Bell Centre was that loud – and the rally that improbable. It left Komisarek at a loss for original words.

"I hate these clichés, guys," he said apologetically to the media scrum. But the game embodied every cliché in sports – especially the ones that pertain to never quitting.

"At a certain point," he said, "we had nothing to lose. Everyone was pulling in the same direction – going to battle, winning the battles and working hard … Everyone went to war."

Josh Gorges said he sensed a comeback was possible when Michael Ryder scored hhis second goal to make it 5-2. Then, toward the end of the second period, Komisarek noticed the scoreboard read 5-3. It made him feel anything was possible.

"5-2 or 5-3, we get the next one we’re right back in it."

Komisarek spoke of "being desperate and finding that urgency in our game." Kirk Muller, he said, had bucked the team up after the second period by stressing that there was nothing to lose.

As Bob Dylan sang, back when his hair was as full as Kent Nagano’s, "when you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose. You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

"How does it feel?"

On this night, pretty darn good.

"What a great feeling at the end of the game," Komisarek said. "It was awesome, man. Guys went to war for each other. There’s no better feeling than that."


  1. Guy21 says:

    I agree-sounds better than Gui who is soft in my opinion and s…..l…..o….w


  2. Wops says:

    Jagr says he would love to see how it feels to play for a Canadian team.
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  3. Blitzen says:


    Get yourself a chair and ignore For-Facts-Sakes.

    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  4. doug says:

    Ladies and Gents:

    Customize your own Habs shoes at the attached. I just designed some and it was easy and fun. I’m not a sales rep – don’t worry!

    Go to “sports section” to get the NHL logos and design away.

  5. The Teacher says:

    you can thank TSN for that LMAO.

  6. Joe Habsfan says:

    Well based on the scouting report sounds like Olivier should be the only Latendresse in the Montreal lineup…

    GO HABS!!

  7. Chuck V. says:

    clearly you’ve never seen trailer park boys

  8. Chorske says:

    I have him in my pool, so I’ve been following him for a couple years now. He is prone to colossal meltdowns and streaks of ineptness, and I definitely don’t think he’s the elite goalie his stats make him out to be. He benefits from backing up a supercharged (if chronically underperforming) Rangers team.

    Hence the hack comment. He is eminently beatable on most nights- it’s getting past the aggressive forecheck and rugged play that is hard.

  9. Chorske says:


    I’m totally stealing these.

  10. RS says:

    Gee, I thought their job was to attract viewers.

  11. Ian G Cobb says:

    I love trade talk. It is happening at the meetings right now. But I cannot say anything about a trade because I’m not there, and neither are you. When you know something, spit it out. But when you know nothing about a trade, you are just blowing hot air.!

  12. nick says:

    there goes my night =P

    Great find, Thanks!

  13. moser17 says:

    “Posting the speculative discussions of TSN desk jockeys on the subject of trades they know will sound sexy but as yet are ultimately groundless does not initiate insightful discussion on HI/O.” Dicsuss.

  14. HKisses says:

    lol i know…but as much as i wanna be excietd about that news….i really don’t like to hear “rumors” from TSN…If i hear it from more then one source then i will beleive it 😛

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