Well I can see why some people would be really ticked about the 3rd period, 8 minutes of it were spent killing penalties v. no penalties for the Sens. I'm not going to say this is the refs fault or this is ********, because for the most part with the exception of maybe Plekanec's call, all calls were penalties. But generating offense when it's being interupted by penalties isn't good. And chances are good we'd let in PP goals since our PK isn't very good.
That being said, anyone who could see the Habs walking out with a 7-1 or 7-2 victory for sure after the second might need a reality check. The Sens are just way too explosive, and in that third period, they showed it. You give that team a little momentum and they roll it. But we beat them the proper way. THe only way to beat an offensive team of that caliber is to score more goals then them.
And it is fitting that they did so by beating the Ottawa Senators.
They are the first team in the East to clinch, and I believe the third overall. They are now a clear conference leader. This would qualify as entering the playoffs from the front door. With rolling red carpets and blaring trumpets.
They found a way to beat the Sens. Heck, for two periods, they totally crushed them in every way imaginable, and then they coasted to a win. They coasted far too much, but it was a six-goal lead. They now have that 5-point lead in the standings.
Amazing game for two periods. Terrible third period. Never has a game turned around so much on a dime, and I'm including The Comeback.
So yes, complete turnaround, but hey -- the Habs let them off the mat. Foolishly so, with a 3-goal layoff. This is a lesson that did not turn out to cost anything except some of Price's goaltending stats, so we'll take it.
I am amazed that this team managed to make me feel worried about losing a 6-goal leads. But six goal leads are hard to come back from because you need six unanswered goals to get there, and Ottawa ran out of time.
On the good side, the Sens burned their energy in attempting a futile third-period comeback against a 6-goal lead, and now they have to face a sizzling and desperate Buffalo squad in less than 24 hours. Very unwise. I think Montreal expected the Sens to coast too, and prepare
After the first and the second period I was going to write that blowout games do not usually mean much, but this game was an object lesson in and of itself.
Did anybody notice in the third, when they were doing a close-up on Bryan Murray? There was this young couple with sweet seats right behind the bench making out super intensively! Man, give me those seats and get a room!