MONTREAL – Spurred on by Brian Gionta and Carey Price, the Habs’ depleted lineup marched to a hard-fought victory in Phoenix.
On a night where it might have been easy to chalk a loss up to injuries, the Canadiens instead played the definition of a team game and walked out of the desert with two points in hand.
“I thought the game had a really good tempo to it. Both sides got their chances, but it felt nice to get to be on the winning end of a game like this one,” dropped Price who stopped all 17 shots he was peppered with in the game’s second period.
Price’s performance along with an unassisted goal by captain Brian Gionta in the same period sparked the Habs comeback that culminated in an overtime game-winner by Josh Gorges.
“When you have guys that are hurt you need everyone to pitch in,” added Price. It was nice to see Josh finally get paid off for all his hard work.”
A visibly upbeat Gorges, happy to play the hero, was still recovering from his overtime-goal celebration when he met with the media after the game.
“I think the facewash that I got at the end from my teammates was actually the hardest moment of the game for me… I really wasn’t able to breathe for a good 45 seconds there. I’m actually still having problems catching my breath,” exclaimed Gorges minutes after blasting in the Canadiens' game winning goal. Gorges logged the second most ice time of any Canadien with 24:08 on the night.
“We needed this one. I thought we should have won the last game. Tonight, we did everything we needed to do, and it wasn’t always the prettiest but we got the job done,” added the 27-year-old defenseman. “Getting a win is always great. Getting to score the game winning goal in overtime and seeing all the guys happy like that was even better.”
Registering a team-high 25:34 of ice time and standing as the Habs’ only plus-3 skater on the night, P.K. Subban was quick to offer up some praise for the team’s often unsung hero.
“He came back to the bench the shift before, and I think he was still rattled by the guy that hit him in the head,” mentioned Subban of a hard check Gorges received from 6-foot-6 Coyote, Martin Hanzal. “When we went back into their zone I saw him jump up, and I was like, ‘Where is he going?’ and the next thing I know he’s putting the puck in the net. That’s one thing I don’t think he gets enough credit for is his ability to jump up and support.
"It was great to see Gorgie step in and get the two points for the team,” finished No.76. “He’s a character guy and this was a big character win for the boys today.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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