Move over, Russian Juniors, and make way for the Comeback Canadiens.
And who knew Eighth Place could feel this good.
For the fourth time in seven days, your Montreal Canadiens came back in a hockey game.
And for their third time, their effort earned a W – in this case, another conquest of their Northeast Division rivals.
That’s three wins against Boston this season.
Maybe “Bs” stands for the Canadiens’ bitches.
What a crazy hockey game.
Dead in the water for 40 minutes against the NHL’s statistically top-rated goaltender.
Then, with less than three minutes to go …
It had to be the most emotional – and improbably win – since the 6-5 Miracle against the Rangers three seasons ago.
That one ended up in the Canadiens Centennial DVD collection.
For 57 minutes, it wasn’t a great hockey game … especially for Canadiens fans.
The Bruins wanted it more.
Then the Canadiens wanted it … and managed to take it.
I’m sitting in the pressbox watching the final two minutes of the Colts-Jets game with Arpon Basu.
In between Peyton Manning completions, my seatmate is raving about some things James Wisniewski told him about the Canadiens’ power play in OT.
Wisniewski and P.K. Subban kept exchanging the puck, back and forth without shooting., even though 4-on-3 creates acres of open ice.
Wiz explained that the Canadiens dominance of the third period, when they outshot the Bruins 18-8, had softened up the ice in the Boston end.
Because of that, the puckl was behaving erratically. It wouldn’t sit down flat, and neitehr Wiz nor P.K. was going to rocket one and take a chance on the puck being cleared.
Smart hockey, eh?
If only the team could play with that degree of concentration and intensity for 60 minutes.
“Certain players play that way,” Jacques Martin said, speaking of buzzer-to-buzzer effort. “Others are a drag on others. So we tried some combinations that brought the best.”
The Canadiens lost Mike Cammalleri after two shifts in the second period. He was ill, which a media wag described as “an inside body injury”.
Trailing 2-0 and down a scorer, Martin had to shuffle his lines. Andrei Kostitsyn got lost in the shuffle: four shift in the third period, none in the OT and not on the ice during the late power play that put the Canadiens on the board.
“Our young guys set the tone in the third period,” Jacques Martin said. The coach said chances to score were 7-3 in favour of Boston after two periods and ended up 13-11 Canadiens.
Simply put, Boston thought they had this won.
They let the Canadiens back into the game, and got bit in the butt for it.
“We started to be hungry,” Martin said. “We were first on the puck and played with more determination.”
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RDS had technical problems.
Lost satellite signal, then shut down L’Antichambre after 10 minutes.