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The Canadiens outshot, outhit and out-chanced the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov scored twice, including the game-winner at 1:28 of overtime.
“I think that was the best game so far for us,” Markov said.
“We played from start to finish. We played a strong game. And we have to continue, keep going the same way.
The Habs outshot the Blackhawks 38-20 and outhit them 28-11. Alexei Emelin, who has struggled since returning in November from reconstructive knee surgery, finished the game a plus-2 with six hits to his name on the scoresheet.
“I thought Emelin probably played his best game,” coach Michel Therrien said.
Markov played fantastic, Therrien added.
“But to be honest, everyone played a really good hockey game. Everyone. That’s why I’m so proud.”
It was one of the Canadiens best games of the season against one of the best teams in the league, Therrien said.
“Everyone was involved in the game.”
Tomas Plekanec’s line was matched up against the line centred by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Travis Moen played on Plekanec’s line with Brian Gionta.
Therrien said he was really pleased with how they played and noted they also created a lot of scoring chances. They had a big challenge and met it, he said.
Plekanec, who had 11 shots on goal, grabbed a lot of momentum going into the overtime period, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price said. “He threw us all on his back and carried us tonight.”
You can watch what Markov had to say after the game here:
You can listen to Plekanec here: (You may have to turn up the volume):
You can hear what Price had to say here: (At the start of the clip he’s referring to goaltending coach Stéphane Waite)
And you can watch what Gionta had to say here:
You can listen to what George Parros, who provided a screen on Markov’s first goal, had to say here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)