For 58 minutes the Canadiens were dead ducks. Losing 3-1. Game over. Get the hell out of California and drag back two lousy points with you.
But a hockey game is 60 minutes, and in the end, we sit back and wonder what just happened, because when the dust had settled, the Canadiens were 4-3 shootout winners.
With less than two minutes to go and me thinking how to write the funeral march, Brian Gionta sudddenly made it 3-2, and shortly after, Andrei Markov opened fading eyes by tieing it. Jonas Hiller had been solved and it became at least one more point on this California road trip. It was almost surreal.
And even more surreal was the fact that Montreal won it with a Tomas Plekanec goal in the shootout after overtime had solved nothing.
I’m still kind of in shock. I had them going home with their tail between their legs, and now they’re going home laughing and singing. Yes indeed, a hockey game is 60 minutes.
Carey Price allowed the Ducks’ three goals and was replaced in the second period by Jaroslav Halak. It’s too bad for Price but it all worked out.
Tampa Bay visits the Bell Centre on Tuesday. Then it’s the Oliers on Thursday and Bruins on Saturday. Montreal is certainly able to sweep these three games, and it’s entirely possible this magical comeback in Anaheim may be the springboard to hurdle them into the playoffs. The team has to feel mighty good after this.
The Canadiens are staying the night in LA. Look out, Pamela Anderson.