It's always a daunting task when a team faces one of the hottest squads in the league, but this was an even greater challenge for a Canadiens team that has been described as fragile in its first nine games.
But the Canadiens were ready, as Mike Cammalleri netted his third goal of the season after a brilliant play by Brian Gionta who was tripped up while streaming in, but managed to get the puck to Cammalleri while lying on the ice.
To the chagrin of the faithful at the Bell Centre, the Blueshirts roared back with three unanswered goals.
Matt D'Agostini scored his first goal of the year midway through the second, drawing the Canadiens closer on the scoresheet 3-2.
The Rangers continued to hustle, as Marian Gaborik scored a pretty goal as he came in all alone against Jaroslav Halak.
From then on out, it was all Montreal, all the time.
Marc-Andre Bergeron scored his second goal since joining the Canadiens, almost exactly the same way as the goal he scored Thursday against the Islanders, a blast from the right point.
Shortly after, Mike Cammalleri once again found the back of the net when he sniped Henrik Lundqvist top-shelf, tying the score at 4-4.
Cammalleri continued to win over fans in Montreal on a highlight-reel play. Streaming into the Rangers' zone, he nimbly stick handled past two defensemen and once again drilled the puck home high glove-side, thus capping off another great comeback against the Rangers, this time 5-4 in overtime.
Jacques Martin and his players can say, "Mission accomplished," as they have once again surmounted a considerable New York lead and can go into into Monday's contest against the Islanders with a sense of pride and confidence.
After having their character severely tested, the players showed excellent resilience and that should carry over into the next few games.
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