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Discuss: Habs overcome three-goal deficit, beat Senators in overtime

Mar 15, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens were less than a second away from losing to the Ottawa Senators.

But, in thrilling fashion, they managed to overcome a three-goal third-period deficit, punctuated with a David Desharnais power play goal with less than half a second left on the clock to send the game into overtime. The Canadiens won it there, taking a 5-4 victory over the visiting Senators on Saturday.

Let’s discuss:

  • This lends evidence to the adage that no lead is safe. The Canadiens were down 4-1 late in the third period, then came back with three goals in three minutes and 21 seconds to send the game into overtime.
  • Game of inches? Game of seconds. David Desharnais tied it with 0.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Nice goal, but even better play from P.K. Subban, who made a heads-up decision to find an open man instead of shoot when perhaps the shot may not have been there.
  • Francis Bouillon picked a heck of a time for his first goal of the season. He scored for the Habs in overtime on a loose puck that came to him in the slot following a scramble around the Senators net. His last goal: March 10, 2013. It’s been a while.
  • Do the Senators have a case? Ottawa’s goalie Robin Lehner, spectacular for about 56 minutes in this game, was furious after the winning goal went in. It would appear he thought he had the initial shot covered up, as the puck rested against the toe of his right pad. The Habs dug the puck loose, and Bouillon finished it off. According to the box score, Bobby Ryan received a game misconduct at the end of the overtime.
  • Ales Hemsky scored his first goal as a member of the Senators.
  • Lehner may be frustrated with the result, but he kept the Senators in this one, especially in the first period. In the end, he made 43 saves on 48 shots. Here’s a video clip of his right-pad save to rob Daniel Briere of what looked to be a sure goal.
  • Carey Price was making his first start in goal since the Olympics. He made 30 saves on 34 shots for the win.

  1. missthemexpos - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Bouillon turns it up a notch as playoff time nears.

  2. tlndma - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Always hard to overcome the refs in Montreal.

    • michemai - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      can’t tell if you’re a homer, moron or troll.

      • sabatimus - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        Guess again.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:45 AM

        What about just a casual observer?

      • sportsfaninyyc - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:02 AM

        moron

      • tlndma - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        7 powerplays to 3, including that lame hooking call on Turris late.(It was a dive) No whistle on the last goal. No goalie interference on the tying goal. Same old sh&# in the Bell Ctr.

  3. mp1131211 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    seemed like a couple of interference calls were not called there in last two goals. Sens have reason to complain, I would think.

  4. realemman - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Basically sums up the Sens season, just flat out disappointing.

  5. sfp311 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Wow what a game! Lehner I think was just more frustrated then anything else, overreacting because he was so horrid. Any shot the Habs took just popped right back out in front.

  6. terrier92 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Bruins march to playoffs with nice win today and while I enjoyed game I will not sleep well knowing the hated Habs pulled out a win . Damm you Canadians

  7. imgoingtowichita - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I wouldn’t say Lehner was spectacular, in fact, if I’m banking on him being my goalie of the future he has got to show me a lot more.
    My real issue with the game is as a gambler, and one who has won more than lost, I find issue with the call for interference not being accompanied with an embellishment by a ref that is from Trois-Rivières, Quebec. On top of that, the Ottawa ‘goalie’ (Bob Cole) clearly had his pad down, blocker and stick in front of the puck which should have been whistled for a stoppage.

    If thinking big picture, it makes sense to assist the lone Quebec team and potentially only other (besides TML) Canadian team as covertly as possible to get to the tourney.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      Nope. Never thought much of these grandiose league-driven conspiracies. Home ice advantage just generally includes the refs, although they do seem to have a harder time putting whistle to mouth (or avoiding the motion) in Toronto and Montreal. My guess is the Hockey Gods just even out the most obvious biases over the course of the year.

  8. the8man - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Live in Baltimore. Had the game on and was watching casually until the Habs made it 4-2. Then I gave it my full attention. At 4-3 I had thoughts of the Bruins-Leafs game 7 playoff last year. Amazing comeback. Thrilling and great stuff.

    Being a Bs fan, I do worry that the Habs will use this big win to build on. They’ll point to this game if they do go deep in the playoffs. Montreal has to be sky high today.

    Glad the NHL has a system where each team gets something out of a game like that.

  9. 101starmymedic - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    This is the most poorly officiated game I’ve literally ever seen. I’m a Wings fan and everyone knows how often the calls go their way. How the NHL can continue to employ officials of this poor caliber is beyond me.

    I guess it’s good for ratings as scandal is good for ratings. We all know that’s why Bettman still has them working. Scandals = ratings increase. Regardless of whether or not the game is being destroyed.

    Gary Bettman is the worst thing to happen to the pure sport that is Hockey. He’s destroying it, like literally every season I watch it get worse and worse because of decisions he makes. Buckle up everyone and pray for a massive heart attack for Mr. Bettman. That’s the only way he’s going to relinquish his death-grip on this game.

    Man I used to be love hockey so much, I swear, I could be perfectly alone, flat-broke, and totally content, watching games from all teams, just enjoying the sport, now, it’s not enough. I wish I was a superstar like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, or better yet, a veteran legend like Lidstrom, I would retire and say I refuse to play while Gary Bettman is commissioner of the NHL. Open everyone’s eye to how the game’s slowly but surely being turned into a pathetic debacle.

    • blinkyhowe - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      You have a point. No once scores 4 goals in the last 4 minutes without alot of help from the refs. The Habs got it in this game. And yes the NHL reffing is pretty poor some nights. Bettman? He’s not changing anything. He really doesn’t care. Best thing that can happen is the same thing that happened in baseball. After numerous horrible calls in the playoffs they have expanded challenges/replay. Have a couple of really obviously bad calls that affect who wins the Cup. That will get the NHL to deal with the poor performance of the referees.

  10. patshal - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    A beautiful game unless you’re a bruins fan like me

  11. cutelittleguy02 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Habs will meet Boston again in playoffs. Sens played bad at the end. Wow what a come back!

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