Columnist Jack Todd has seen a lot of playoff hockey games during his career, but he can’t remember one like the Canadiens’ wild 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
“You don’t expect to see that in the playoffs,” Todd says on this week’s HI/O Show. “Every season you get a few wild ones like that during the regular season, but not in the playoffs … especially not in the conference final. One of the wildest games I’ve ever seen.”
Former Canadien Chris Nilan — who joins Todd and Gazette sports editor/host Stu Cowan on the HI/O Show — compared it to a ping-pong game.
Whatever you want to call it, the Canadiens’ victory — their third in an elimination game this postseason — forced Game 6 Thursday night in New York with the Rangers leading the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Check out the HI/O Show below as we set the stage for what should be a wild Game 6:
(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show)