Most Canadiens fans thought the team deserved a better fate than to be facing a 3-0 series deficit, and with good reason. Montreal controlled the puck, took more shots, and held a clear edge in the scoring chance department. Yet, thanks to Tyler Johnson's buzzer beater in Game 3, the Habs were facing elimination.
The hope was that the terribly low shooting percentage would finally give way to a normal goal production. The lack of luck, combined with the presence of the best player in the league, Carey Price, gave the team hope, although it was clear that time was running out.
After a morale-boosting 6-2 win during Game 4, and spectacular 2-1 win on Saturday night, Montreal is right back in the series, and are only two wins away from making history. To be precise, they already made history by pushing the series to Game 6, seeing as no Habs team had ever accomplished the feat after losing the first three games of a series, but the goal is clearly to complete the reverse sweep.
The glimmer of hope has grown into a solid flame, and although everyone acknowledges that the task is far from accomplished, there's a feeling around town that winning two games in a row is a very realistic target. To mark the turning of the tide I created a quick montage of what's gone on in the series so far, with the help of a particularly inspirational speech that originally aired on Versus.
Time is running out, but with their backs against the wall we might just see the best Montreal Canadiens yet.
Enjoy the video.
Remember that team that gave up? Neither does anyone else.