M. Kassian (15:27 - 1st) , M. Kassian (16:07 - 3rd) , D. Heatley (18:17 - 3rd) , D. Setoguchi (19:50 - 3rd)
MIN: J. Harding (L) , N. Backstrom
MTL: C. Price (W)
Last night in Montreal, Blake Geoffrion (Grandson of Boom Boom Geoffrion & Great Grandson of Howie Morenz) made his home debut for the Montreal Canadiens. He wore number 57 in honor of his grandfather who wore number 5 and his great grandfather who wore number 7. Just 30 seconds in, Ryan White dropped the gloves with Vellieux. The fight ended in a draw. 2 minutes after that, with the Habs on a 5 on 3, Subbans one-timer beat Backstrom to make it 1-0 Habs lead. On the next play, Coles shot was stopped by Backstrom, but he was hurt on the play and he had to leave the game. So Harding came in to replace him. Then at the 4 minute mark of the first, the Habs were on another powerplay and Campoli played the puck to Gomez and he centred it for Eller and he scored to make it 2-0 Montreal.
Late in the first, Kassian would score to cut the lead to 1. Towards the end of the first, a scrum broke out after Veilleux slashed Carey Price, so Ryan White took exception and dropped the gloves and started to throw punches even though Veilleux didn't want to fight. So White received a 5 minute penalty and a 10 minute misconduct. After a very physical first period, the Habs had a 2-1 lead. 12 minutes into the second, the Habs were on another powerplay, and Pacioetty fired home a shot from the top of the right circle to Make it 3-1.This was the first time this season that Montreal had 3 goals on the powerplay in a single game. 8 minutes into the third, Desharnais had a breakaway and scored to make it 4-1.
Then with under 4 minutes to go, Kassian scored for the wild to cut the lead to 2. Heatley would score to cut the lead to 1. Then Setoguchi would score with 10 seconds to go to tie the game. This game would go to a shootout. Desharnais would score the loan goal for the Habs in the shootout as both Bourque and Pacioretty missed. For the Wild both Cullen and Heatley missed. So it was all up to Setoguchi to keep the game going and he fell on the breakaway and Montreal wins! They snap their 5 game losing streak!"That was a strange one," Montreal coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "It wasn't textbook but those things happen. I'm just glad for the W."
Written By Andrew Di Pardo