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Saturday night, Hockey Night in Canada, Montréal Canadiens vs the Toronto Maple Leafs, what can be better? One of the most amazing comebacks in Habs history, that’s what!
The game started out in great fashion as Max Domi scored 30 seconds into the game, but the Leafs came back to finish the first up 2-1.
The 2nd period was far from the quality one would expect out of the Habs. Sloppy plays, no offensive zone time, no quality shots on net, all culminating in another Leafs goal to make it 3-1. While a two-goal deficit may not seem like much, it wasn’t over yet…
The third period started with early Leafs powerplay conversion to make it 4-1.
The fun was only beginning… First, a deflection goal by Jonathan Drouin right off the next faceoff, 4-2 Leafs now. One minute later, Brendan Gallagher charged the net and turned a rebound into a goal. Later in the third, Kasperi Kapanen threw his broken stick at Habs defender Jeff Petry, giving him a penalty shot! Petry came in on Hutchinson and netted the puck glove side to tie the game. With less than 5 minutes to play, Philip Danault scored to make it 5-4 Habs. Unfortunately, Auston Matthews scored with 1 minute and 15 seconds left to send the game to OT.
Despite a 4-3 powerplay for the Habs, the overtime proved fruitless and lead to the shootout. Paul Byron was the only scorer ensuring a completed comeback by the Habs for their first win of the season!
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 07 on December 4th, 2019