The Habs put more creedence into the importance of 'just making it' to the playoffs. The Canadiens completed their improbable comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the #1 seed, Washington Capitals. Alexander Ovechkin was shocked in defeat, as was the rest of the hockey watching public.
The Caps outshot the Habs 42-16 in front of a sold-out Verison Center in DC. Montreal struck first, with Marc-Andre Bergeron scoring on a blast from the point on the Power Play. The shot shocked the home crowd with 30 seconds remaining in the period.
There was no scoring in the second period as Washington outshot Montreal 13-3. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak stood tall as he did in his 53 save game 6 performance.
The third period saw Washington barrage Halak with 18 more shots. The Caps found themselves down 2-0 after former Sabre, Dominic Moore scored 16:24 into the 3rd period. Washington took only 80 seconds to cut the lead in half on a Brooks Laich goal. Assists coming from Alex's, Semin and Ovechkin.
On the power play, due to a Ryan O'Byrne High-sticking call, Washington still could not capitalize. The loss left The home crowd shocked and nothing but elation from the Montreal bench which exploded in celebration, mobbing their goalie.
The defeat, leaves the 4, 6, 7, 8 seeds in the second round on the Eastern side of the Playoffs.
How often do we see the team that is down a goal get a fortuitous penalty call at the end of the game? I didn't watch the game, I didn't see the high-stick, but I do know that playoff hockey has a high standard for getiing a call. Standards change and I guess it's up to the players to realize what the score is and how much time is left in the game.