Fine game Wednesday night in Chicago, and although the Canadiens grabbed a point, they could’ve had two. But it slipped away in the dying seconds.
Hawks win 3-2 in overtime.
After two periods of play it was a see-saw battle with no goals and just one penalty, a hooking call to Daniel Briere, but in the third, the puck started to find its way.
Dale Weise, in his first game back after injury, banged one home after a fine rush by Rene Bourque. But the Hawks, who held the edge in play many times on the night, tied it soon after.
Just 22 seconds later, Francis Bouillon blasted one home and it became a Habs lead once again.
And then, the one-goal lead almost a two-goal lead when our almost 40-goal scorer came oh so close..
How great it would’ve been to see Max score his 40th when he was set up fifteen feet out but stopped point blank by Corey Crawford. Great play, great shot, great stop.
It was also the beginning of the end, because after some serious Hawks pressure, the home team would tie it with 48 seconds left in the third, and in overtime, Peter Budaj accidentally backhanded the puck into his own net and that was that.
A point on the road but it could’ve been two. But that’s fine, because the Canadiens played a solid skating game, took just two penalties (the only two of the night), and in my book they continue to impress.
They’ve won 10 of 13 games. I feel I’d be a greedy bastard if I complained.
Montreal outshot Chicago 30-28.
Thomas Vanek and DD assisted on Bouillon’s marker, and the big line continues to roll.
Alex Galchenyuk left the game in the first period after taking a hit from Andrew Shaw and now we wait to hear the damage.
Injuries just before playoff time. Imagine how Tampa must have felt when Ben Bishop went down.
Other guys were hurt too, Bouillon and Ryan White in particular, but both would return. Thank goodness Carey Price, Andrei Markov, and Alexei Emelin were left at home where less injuries could happen.
Much safer at home. Maybe tripping on a roller skate or taking a rolling pin to the head from an upset wife. But no hits into the boards or hard pucks to the ankles.
In a few short hours (sort of), the boys host the Islanders at the Bell. Then game number 82 on Saturday against the Rangers.
Grab that opening round home ice and please, no more injuries.