The Montreal Canadiens made a statement to the Eastern Conference on Sunday night by erasing a third period deficit to defeat the rival Boston Bruins 4-3 in what was the team's most impressive victory of the 2013 season.
"It’s a big win for sure," said Canadiens captain Brion Gionta after the game. "It’s a first-place game, two good teams going at it, and it was a back-and-forth game. But going into the third down by a goal, we showed a lot of character in that third period."
Even though they lost most of the physical battles, the Canadiens were able to keep their composure and take advantage of their scoring opportunities in the third period. Now they sit atop the East standings with a 14-4-4 record.
Let's look at what we learned about both teams following Sunday night's thrilling game at TD Garden in Boston.