The Montreal Canadiens managed an important split of the opening two games with the Vegas Golden Knights. It allowed them to go back to home ice for an important game 3 with an opportunity to take a series lead in front of their fans.
3500 fans to be exact, as the Quebec government permitted more fans than were previously allowed to enter the Bell Centre.
They didn’t disappoint. Welcome to your Bottom Six Minutes for a thrilling overtime win on home soil.
Carey Price was flawless. The Canadiens were largely outplayed, but their most important player had his most important game of the playoffs. He showed precisely why it is that he’s paid $10.5 million per season to do what he does.
The officiating was once again so one-sided that even the most ardent referee defenders would admit. That also didn’t matter for these Canadiens, as they pulled off the win once again in the face of adversity in the form of Zebras.
It’s starting to feel more and more like 1993 in Montreal. The team is winning games in overtime, getting stellar goaltending, and finding a way to win even when it seems unlikely if not impossible.
This team has something. It has been a hell of a ride, and if the hockey gods remain willing, let’s hope it doesn’t end any time soon.