In the Habs’ Room: Canadiens stage another comeback

 

 
 
 
 
Montreal Canadiens’ P.A. Parenteau, right, shoots the puck past Philadelphia Flyers’ Ray Emery, left, for a goal during a shootout of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Canadians won 4-3 in the shootout.
 
 

Montreal Canadiens’ P.A. Parenteau, right, shoots the puck past Philadelphia Flyers’ Ray Emery, left, for a goal during a shootout of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Canadians won 4-3 in the shootout.

Photograph by: Chris Szagola, AP

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PHILADELPHIA — Tomas Plekanec said the Canadiens had nothing to lose when they hit the ice for the third period of Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“We were down 3-0 and we went out and worked as hard as we could,” Plekanec said after the Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 shootout win. The Canadiens have a 3-0 record to open the season and each one of the wins has featured third-period heroics.

“It’s not the way we want to do it but a win is a win,” Plekanec said. “We talked before the game about getting off to a fast start, but it didn’t happen. In the third period, we started skating and we got a goal and then we had a good shift after that and it just went from there.”

Coach Michel Therrien had a slightly different view. He thought the Canadiens displayed some energy in the first period, but a couple of “youth mistakes” left Montreal trailing 2-0. The Flyers scored twice in a 19-second span and both goals could be traced to mistakes by the youngsters as Nathan Beaulieu failed to clear the puck on the first goal and Jarred Tinordi left his feet and allowed Wayne Simmonds to go around him on the second goal.

“With young kids, they’re going to make mistakes, but it’s a process and they’re going to get better and better,” Therrien said.

“The important thing is that we showed character and we deserved to win the way we played in the third period,” he added.

It was veterans Andrei Markov and Plekanec who sparked the comeback. Markov had a goal and two assists, while Plekanec scored his fourth goal of the season and added an assist.

“Andrei Markov was phenomenal,” Therrien said. “He made some great plays. He scored the first goal and he made a great pass on Plekanec’s goal. He has the vision to make those plays. We had a good net presence and we put a lot of pressure on their defence and their goalie and that was the difference.”

That pressure was reflected in the Canadiens’ 19-4 edge in shots in the third period.

Markov started the comeback with a shot from the blue line at 7:05 of the third period and Plekanec closed the gap at 9:12.He also picked up an assist on Alex Galchenyuk’s tying goal at 14:40.

“When I see a situation like that, I just try to pass across the goal and it hit Chucky’s skate and went in,” Plekanec said. “You just want to get the puck to the net.”

“The game plan is to win and we have to keep doing it,” Galchenyuk said. “It was a very frustrating game until the third. We were more aggressive, we got more shots and we went to the net and we got the win.”

Goaltenders Carey Price and Ray Emery were both sharp in the shootout and it was P.A. Parenteau, who scored the lone goal as the shootout went to a fourth round.

“You get all nervous and it’s a great feeling and you just have to bear down and stay focused and that’s what I did,” Parenteau said. “You come back two or three times like this early in the season, you don’t want to play every game like that, but you know you have that in your bag and it’s a good feeling knowing that you can come back.”

While the Canadiens ran their record to 3-0, the Flyers dropped to 0-2-1.

Flyers’ coach Craig Berube was understandably disappointed with the outcome and said the momentum shifted with the first Montreal goal.

“When they got the first goal, we stopped playing,” Berube said. “We started watching.”

The win earned the Canadiens a day off Sunday in Tampa and they will face the Lightning, who lost 3-2 to Ottawa in a shootout Saturday, on Monday (7 p.m. CITY Montreal, RDS, TSN-690 Radio).

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Montreal Canadiens’ P.A. Parenteau, right, shoots the puck past Philadelphia Flyers’ Ray Emery, left, for a goal during a shootout of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Canadians won 4-3 in the shootout.
 

Montreal Canadiens’ P.A. Parenteau, right, shoots the puck past Philadelphia Flyers’ Ray Emery, left, for a goal during a shootout of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Canadians won 4-3 in the shootout.

Photograph by: Chris Szagola, AP

 
Montreal Canadiens’ P.A. Parenteau, right, shoots the puck past Philadelphia Flyers’ Ray Emery, left, for a goal during a shootout of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Canadians won 4-3 in the shootout.
Philadelphia Flyers’ Ray Emery, right, looks down at the puck after giving up the third goal of the period to Montreal Canadiens’ Alex Galchenyuk, left, who celebrates with teammate Tomas Plekanec, left-centre, of the Czech Republic, during the third period Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Canadians won 4-3 in a shootout.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau of the Montreal Canadiens takes the puck during his turn in the overtime shootout on October 11, 2014, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Canadiens defeated the Flyers 4-3 in an overtime shootout. Parenteau scored the game winner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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