The Montreal Canadiens took the term comeback kids and brought it to a new level tonight with an astonishing 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators in overtime.
Down 4-1 in the third period, the Habs scored three goals in less than four minutes to tie their opponents, including the game-tying goal with less than a second remaining on the clock.
The Habs used the momentum from the third period to take the win on Francis Bouillon’s first goal of the season in overtime, completely devastating the Senators in front of a Bell Centre crowd who were losing their minds amidst the improbable come from behind victory.
The game also featured the return of goaltender Carey Price to the Montreal crease. It was Price’s first game since returning from the Olympics with a lower body injury. He would go on to make 30 saves, while calling the game a “gong show” upon its completion.
With the win, the Canadiens stayed in the middle of the Eastern Conference pack for a playoff spot, hoping to earn some home ice advantage in the playoffs, while the Senators’ chances of making the playoffs slipped further away.
The Sens still have a shot at a playoff spot, but currently sit six points out with 16 games left on their schedule, while Montreal currently holds a wild card spot, tied at 79 points with Tampa Bay and sit one point behind Toronto. The Habs have 14 games left in the regular season.