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."