(Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
When P.K. Subban got the puck in the dying seconds of the game with the Canadiens down 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators, his initial reaction was to shoot the puck.
But he said he was sure it would have been blocked, so instead he passed to David Desharnais near the Senators net who scored the tying goal with .3 seconds left on the clock.
“I just said you know what, even if the buzzer goes we’ll have a pretty good shot from there,” Subban said after the Canadiens improbable 5-4 overtime victory over the Senators.
“You’ve got to give Davey credit because he had one hand on the stick. He was waving at me to shoot it and then he got two hands on it really quick,” Subban said.
“Big players score in the big moments and step up and he did a good job of sending it to overtime,” added Subban who had three assists and seven shots on goal.
Desharnais said he knew he didn’t have much time to shoot. “I had a quick release there and it’s a good time to have it,” he said.
The Canadiens dominated in the first period out-shooting the Senators 17-4, but couldn’t convert on several golden scoring opportunities. They trailed 4-1 in the third period, but rallied in the last few minutes scoring three goals to send the game into overtime. Francis Bouillon scored the game-winning goal at 1:26 of overtime.
Coach Michel Therrien called it a ‘match de fou’–a crazy game.
“What I’m hoping for is that could change the season those big games like that,” Therrien said when asked what the victory does for the team’s morale.
The Canadiens play against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who returned to play Saturday after missing eight games with a lower-body injury, isn’t travelling with the team to Buffalo. Therrien said they don’t want to put him in back-to-back games. “So he’s going to remain in Montreal and make sure he’s going to be ready for his next game this week,” the coach said.
You can watch what Desharnais had to say here about his tying goal:
And you can listen to Subban talking about the tying goal and his pass to Desharnais here:
You can hear Bouillon talk about his game-winning goal in overtime here:
You can watch what Brian Gionta had to say after the game here. Gionta scored at 17:56 of the third period and had six shots on goal, finishing the game a plus-3:
You can listen to Price here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)