I’m still waiting for the RDS crew to:
a) Notice that David Desharnais played his last shift 19 minutes into the first overtime; and
b) Explain why.
I think DD, one of the Canadiens’ heroes on a night there were a few, got hurt or got sick.
As the teams came on the ice for the second overtime, the camera showed athletic therapist Graham Rynbend talking to Jacques Martin. I surmise it was bad news on DD.
As it was, Travis Moen – playing with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, after DD became unavailable – gave the Canadiens their best chance to win in OT.
On a 2-on-1 break, Moen slid a pass over to Brian Gionta. But the Captain, who hasn’t scored since his two in Game One, could not get the puck up over a sliding Tim Thomas. Of Gionta’s SEVEN shots on goal, that was the best chance.
It was that kind of night for the Canadiens’ forwards. With a decided speed advantage, they buzzed the Bruins net, only to be denied by a diabolical combination of Thomas, his teammates, the goalpost and crossbar.
Neither team deserved to lose Game Five, but the Canadiens had a well-deserved shot at winning it.
Hockey is a cruel game …. especially at this time of the season.
The Tomas Plekanec line, the Canadiens’ best, was on the ice for the winning goal.
James Wisniewski, returning heroically from sick bay, covered the point like Don Cherry would want him to.
And old warrior Roman Hamrlik, playing the last of his 46 shifts and 35:05 ToI, had two Bruins in front of Carey Price’s net and turned his back on Nathan Horton.
The 51st shot on Carey Price found the back of the net. And the teams head back to Montreal, where the series will resume after another goofy two-day break.
This thing isn’t over. The Bell Centre will be madhouse on Tuesday night, and the Canadiens’ gutsy performance in Boston proved they’re more than capable of bagging a W at home.
• P.K. Subban played 40:38. Hal Gill, his 36-year-old partner, played 37:39.
• Zdeno Chara’s 37:06 topped the Bruins.
• Patrice Bergeron won 23 of 35 faceoffs. He had four SoG and six hits. Helluva player, and he’s having a spectacular series.
• Brent Sopel was the only Canadien who didn’t register a shot on goal. Chris Kelly and Tomas Kaberle (despite 3:46 on the PP) had no shots for Boston.
• Lars Eller played his best game of the postseason: 21:42, six hits and three SoG. He was 6-6 on faceoffs.
• James Wisniewski sustained a mysterious injury, missed the third period and returned for OT.
• Draws were 43-43. Bergeron’s dominance was offset by Plekanec going 15-12 and Halpern 11-4.
• Scott Gomez: two SoG and only two tries; 7-14 on draws. But that line came alive with DD.
• The Canadiens have the playoffs’ only perfect PK. Bruins were 0-for-3, 0-for-15 in the series.
• The only players in single-digit ToI in a game that lasted 89:03 were Ryan White, Tom Pyatt, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paillé.
• Boston is 17-4 lifetime when up 3-2 in a best-of-7. Habs are 7-19 when down 3-2
Hey, it was a great game that ended badly.
Give the guys’ credit for a valiant effort in the other guys’ barn.