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. 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.!

  2. nick says:

    there goes my night =P

    Great find, Thanks!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :-P

  5. Chuck says:

    19? My goodness, that’s sad. He was just starting his life.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  6. MikeL says:

    This wasn’t exactly the kind of insightful discussion I was hoping to trigger.

  7. moser17 says:

    That’s hard news. Our prayers and thoughts should be with his family and his teammates.

  8. Chuck says:

    Brain science? :)


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  9. HKisses says:

    TSN is a buncha bums put in front of desks and camera’s….except for Pierre Maguire

  10. MikeL says:

    Wow…that was some huge huge news on TSN. Bob and Dreger made a point to say Gainey is by far the most active Canadian Gm at the GM meetings. They said there is an offer on the table that would send Ryder and and draft pick to Calgary for Tanguay. They also went on to say Hossa and Sundin are high on Gainey’s wants.

    Things may get very interesting in the next week.

  11. doug says:

    what the heck happened? was it a choking incident? that’s awful, ian.

  12. Ian G Cobb says:

    Death of OHL 19 year old captain of the Winsor Spitfire’s and Calgary draft pick Mickey Reneau. While having a meal with team mates.

    I just want to offer my condolences to his family and friends. He was a great kid and talent.

  13. doug says:

    my thoughts exactly! only missing element is size.

  14. moser17 says:

    I swear they hit each other over the head with sticks on their lunch break.

  15. MikeL says:

    That was a borderline tounge-twister

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