This was a game I have seen many times before. The Canadiens allow a late goal to send the game to overtime and then lose quickly in the extra frame.
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That’s what happened Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, only the Canadiens were the team scoring the late goal and winning the game in overtime.
It was a really solid game from both teams, and in the end, Montreal did just enough to tie it up when Alex Galchenyuk took a loose puck for a wrap around with under four minutes remaining and then David Desharnais followed a bouncing puck for the OT winner.
Suddenly, this Canadiens team is 6-1 – for the first time since 1978 no less – and stock piling points against playoff teams from a year ago and fierce divisional rivals. Thankfully, it appears the outlier this season was the final game of the road trip against Tampa Bay and not the other six games of the season.
Detroit, despite not being the team they had been in the past, still has a lot of great players. Pavel Datsyuk was very close to scoring one of the goals of the year, but Price clearly was taken out of the play by Justin Abdelkader and the goal was disallowed.
Price, for his part, probably played his best game of the season and kept his team in it until they were able to tie the game and also had one of the oddest celebrations after the game, lifting his arms up and down like he scored a goal in NHL 94.
The third period was one of the best periods of hockey I have seen in a while. Both teams, going up and down and the referees letting them play. It may have been frustrating to see no penalties called, especially when the Canadiens were looking for the equalizer but it was fun to watch.
Except for the offsides that were numerous for the Canadiens all night long.