MONTREAL – The Senators might have played it old school on Wednesday, arriving in Montreal by train wearing fedoras, but it was Erik Cole’s goal celebration that really stole the show.
The rugged power forward picked up his fifth point in three games in the first period, beating Ben Bishop after being set up by Petteri Nokelainen and Aaron Palushaj. What wowed the crowd and his teammates wasn’t his 27th goal of the season; it was the high five he shared with referee Greg Kimmerly right after doing so.
“There was no one else around, I had to celebrate with someone,” laughed the 6-foot-2 winger, who registered his 52nd point of the season. “I did apologize after, though.”
“It was great. It’s definitely the highlight of my year!” said Price, chuckling away. “He definitely works hard. He’s a competitor no matter what happens, even if he gets hurt, he battles through it. That’s why he’s had such a successful career.”
Cole’s linemate, David Desharnais might have not seen the surprising celebration when it happened, but it didn’t take long for him to feast his eyes on the quirky moment.
“It’s good to see things like that. We’ve had enough hard times this year, it’s good to have fun on the ice,” shared the 5-foot-7 center, who set up the Habs’ second goal before scoring the game winner in the shootout. “I didn’t catch it live, but we sure did laugh about it later.
“It really relaxes the mood and shows you can have fun at work,” continued Desharnais who grabbed his 55th point of the season. “We had so many things happen to us this year. We’re trying to go out there and have fun but we continue to work really hard.”
The Habs’ top scoring line doesn’t only count the Montreal faithful as its biggest fans; Andrei Markov also thinks pretty highly of all three.
“Those three guys have played strong all season long. They are leaders in the group and it’s always great to play with them,” shared Markov, who skated in his first game at the Bell Centre since being injured November 13, 2010. “We just need to find that chemistry and everything will be OK.”
Markov soaked up the love as Montreal fans were on their feet to cheer on the defenseman as he prepared to challenge Bishop in the shootout.
“Our fans are the best. The crowd is crazy and it’s always fun to play here. I’ve always enjoyed it,” confessed the Russian blue-liner. “It wasn’t my decision. They asked me if I wanted to do the shootout, and I said why not?”
After picking up seven points out of a possible eight in their four last games, the Canadiens certainly seem looser on the ice these days. They’ll carry that mood to Ottawa on Friday, when they face off against the Sens for a second time this week.Lee Anne Vincent O'Connor is a writer for canadiens.com.
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