Buffalo Police put out an APB on the Montreal Canadiens last night after they pulled off a clear case of Grand Theft Hockey. The Habs made a fast dash for their bus after a game that was mainly dominated by the hungry Sabres.
With the score tied after two periods, Buffalo turned up the heat in the third going ahead on a goal by Nathan Paetsch. Minutes later, Mark Streit coughed up the puck behind his net, setting up Daniel Paille for Buffalo's third goal. Buffalo fans could smell the W as the period was winding down... all seemed good in a city known for its wings.
At the 17:29 mark, with the Habs on the PP, Mark Streit must have been hit with a case of the guilts for his earlier boo-boo and decided to atone for his sins. His point shot was tipped in by Thomas Plekanec, narrowing the lead to one. In the dying seconds, Carey Price skated to the bench to give the Habs the extra attacker. After a scramble in front of the Buffalo net, Thomas Plekanec scooped the puck past a sprawling Ryan Miller to tie the game, sending it to OT.
Unhappy with his assists on the second and tieing goal, Mark Streit decided to make it three 'straight'. With just over a minute left in OT, Streit found Chris Higgins driving for the net, sending him a beauty pass that even my Nonna could net. After missing earlier on a breakaway, Higgins finally delivered this time, putting this surprise game in the books.
This was a game the Habs did NOT deserve to win. They were out-played, out- hustled and lacked focus through 57 of the 60 minutes. Sometimes you need a combination of skill and luck to win games. Last night they relied too heavily on the latter.