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The Habs last night

Were you one of the many that stopped watching? If so, you're not alone. There were many empty seats with 3:22 remaining, when Lars Eller scored his first goal in almost 3 months, to bring the Habs to within two. The rest is history, as the Canadiens become the first team ever in NHL history to come back from a 3 goal deficit with less than 5 minutes remaining.

What spurred it on? Michel Therrien looked like he had checked out with about 10 minutes to go. Carey Price was having a lacklustre game. Brandon Prust had had enough of Milan Michalek, of being pushed around by a cocky Senators team, and he let it be known as he destroyed Michalek in a fight. But I put this win squarely on the shoulders of the Subbanator. PK Subban made rush after rush, taking the team on his back. PK was leading by example, laying hits, blocking shots, and creating chances in the Senators' zone. The tying goal was all PK, as he patiently waited, with 3 or 4 seconds to go, and found the open man in David Desharnais through traffic. 99% of NHLers would have taken the shot, but PK kept looking for an easier solution. He found it, OT followed, and Francis Bouillon potted the winner about a minute in.

Eller - no goals since January 2nd. Bouillon - his first goal of the season, after a month as a healthy scratch before this week. Talk about heroes coming out of the shadows. They came out of the pressbox. 

The Canadiens of late have been a mess. Carey Price hadn't started for them in about six weeks. I'm actually surprised there hasn't been more conversation about Price, as the Olympics theoretically could cost the Habs a playoff spot. But push all that aside. Games like last night can make a season. They make boys men. They insprie and reinforce. 

Tonight, the Habs are in Buffalo, sans their starting goalie, who stayed behind in Montreal. Not a good sign, and a clear indicator that Price is banged up, but the Habs control their own destiny. Keep winning and they likely have home ice first round. Keep struggling and they could miss the postseason. 

That said, after last night, I'm liking their chances. Suffice to say, there seems to be a little St. Patty's day magic in the Montreal air. Let's hope it continues. 

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Red Winger's avatar

I watched the Habs comeback. Totally unexpected. You couldn’t turn away, because you just knew the Sens were about to implode.

Having said that, Montreal was the beneficiary of a very questionable call on the winning goal. Lehner had every right to be angry that the whistle was not blown.

But, in the end, the blame still lies with the Sens. The game never should have gone to OT in the first place.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 03/16/14 at 10:07 AM ET

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Not sure I agree - the replays I saw showed the puck very much alive. He didn’t smother it.

That said, the Sens blew it. A couple of different plays here or there and the Habs would have been out of it. In retrospect, a lot of it seemed to come from that Michalek-Prust battle. Prust, and the Habs, were sick of the Sens beating up on them, and they finally got the last laugh.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 03/16/14 at 11:08 AM ET

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Most things seem to be working against the Wings these days..

Posted by Pasha1277 on 03/16/14 at 12:22 PM ET

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