These teams play great games
Andrei Markov scored in Overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over Chicago at the Bell Centre on Jan. 11.
Almost three months later, the Blackhawks bounced back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before Marian Hossa beat Peter Budaj in OT.
Two non-snipers – Dale Weise and Francis Bouillon – scored third-period goals for the Canadiens.
Jeremy Morin and, with 48 seconds on the clock, Marian Hossa, brought the home team back.
Excellent hockey game.
Alex Galchenyuk was injured on his second shift and was seen on crutches after the game.
And a bad one ends it
Patrick Sharp's harmless-looking shot eluded Peter Budaj and gave Chicago the win.
Scoreless for 47:31 before Dale Weise, of all people, scored the first goal of the game.
Jeremy Morin tied it before Francis Bouillon, of all people, gave the Canadiens the lead.
Marian Hossa tied the game with 48 seconds left.
On to OT
Soccer on ice?
Bayern Munic scored three goals against Manchester United in Champions League action on Wednesday.
That's three more than the Canadiens and Blackhawks have produced in 40 minutes.
That's not a complaint.
It's a terrific game, with skating and excellent goaltending.
Canadiens outshot the Hawks 10-6 in the second period.
Two skating teams combined for 24 shots on goal, 13 by the Canadiens.
Corey Crawford made great saves on Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque.
Peter Budaj stopped Marcus Kruger and Duncan Keith.
Alex Galchenyuk played two shifts, too a hit from Andrew Shaw and didn't return.
Long time no Chi
Your Montreal Canadiens have not played at the United Center since Dec. 21, 2011.
Peter Budaj was in goal for that one, too, and he was beaten for five goals on 28 Chicago shots.
Andrei Kostitsyn opened the scoring on a power play less than six minutes into the game. And that was it in a 5-1 loss by a lineup that included AK46, Mike Cammalleri, Petteri Nokelainen, Chris Campoli, Tomas Kaberle,Mike Blunden, Mathieu Darche, Raphael Diaz, Louis Leblanc, Erik Cole and Hal Gill.
There have been a few changes.
And despite the absence of Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin and Carey Price, the playoffs-bound Canadiens who face the Blackhawks Wednesday night are a better team that that 2011-'12 bunch that would finish last in the Eastern Conference.
Even without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, the defending Stanley Cup champs are a formidable opponent. Chicago is riding a three-game winning streak and still has a chance to overtake St. Louis and Colorado in the Central Division.