Sidney Crosby can only look on as the Canadiens celebrate their 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
MONTREAL - Only 24 hours after squandering their first two-period lead of the season, the Canadiens turned the tables on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Super Bowl Sunday.
By rolling up their sleeves and erasing a 2-1 Penguins lead after two periods, the Habs notched their league-leading seventh win of the season when trailing heading into the final frame. With now 18 points in the bank after having their backs against the wall and a .391 winning percentage with one foot in the grave, no team in the NHL boasts better numbers when down after two periods.
"Let me just say, it was pretty loud in the dressing room after the second period," admitted Tomas Plekanec, who continued his current hot streak with two goals and an assist. "A lot of guys spoke out and we all felt that this game wasn't over. We just knew we could do it, it didn't matter that we were behind. All we needed to do was come out with a strong effort in the third and we did."
Even from his crease, David Aebischer could feel the momentum shifting.
"We knew there was plenty of time left," added David Aebischer, who made 31 saves for his 10th win of the season. "We just had to keep chipping away and we knew we could come back."
The Canadiens outworked, out-hustled, and outshot the Penguins in the third, before Sheldon Souray sealed the come-from-behind win in overtime with his 18th goal of the season.
"This is a big win and a total team effort," said a relieved head coach Guy Carbonneau. "We talked before the game about the importance of taking things one minute at a time, one period at a time. Even when we were down 2-1, the effort was still there from everyone and that's what made the difference."
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com
Canadiens 4, Penguins 3 (OT) 300K | 700K