There is something in the air.
Yes, there is something in the air. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the New-Jersey Devils on their own ice, a thing that the Habs haven’t done since February 5th 2002.
Before the start of the game yesterday, Montreal had a record of 1 win 21 losses and 4 ties at their last 26 games on the Devils’ home ice.
The first period looked just like the 26 previous meetings between the two teams. Montreal was dominated by the Devils who took a 1-0 lead on Patrick Elias’ first goal of the game. Elias scored another time early into the second period and doubled the Devils lead. At this point, nothing special: the Devils led the Habs as usual.
Bryan Smolinski opened the score for Montreal before the end of the second period but the team allowed another goal to the Devils as Jamie Langenbrunner put one past Habs’ goaltender Christobal Huet. The Devils led 3-1 after two periods.
The Habs then completely dominated the match during the third period. Montreal registered 20 shots on Martin Brodeur’s net while New-Jersey only managed to shoot three times on Huet’s goal.
Bryan Smolinski scored his second goal of the game early into the third period to reduce the Devils lead to only a single goal. Then Saku Koivu tied the game at 3-3 halfway into the third when he deflected a high shot from the blue line. Christopher Higgins completed the comeback when he sent a loose puck behind Brodeur for the winning score.
Final score: Montreal Canadiens 4 - New-Jersey Devils 3.
Yes, there is something special with the Canadiens this season. The team was able to come back from a two goal deficit against the Devils. A thing that none of the past five editions of the team was able to do. The team is steadily keeping the pace towards the playoffs and could have more things in store until the end. Montreal is only six points behind the powerful Ottawa Senators.
The team will have four days of rest for the All-Star game break before hosting the Washington Capitals on tuesday.
(Picture: The Montreal Canadiens, Getty images.)