It's not over 'till it's overtime
With 4-0 record in overtime and a 1-0 mark in shootouts so far this season, putting in a little extra time hasn’t been a problem for the Canadiens in 2009-10. Thanks to the help of a different hero on each occasion to date, Roman Hamrlik simply became the latest player to don the red cape for Montreal. According to the former Islanders defenseman he had more than a little help putting the game away on Monday night
“What can I say really? Tomas made everything happen on that play, I just went to the net,” shrugged Hamrlik of Plekanec perfect feed on the OT winner. “He put it right on my tape and all had to do was put it in the net. Pleky beat like three guys on that play or something. Believe me, scoring that goal was the easy part.”
“We call that a Czech sausage,” laughed Hamrlik of his fellow countryman’s sweet saucer pass. “He flipped it right over the defenseman and onto my stick. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
While the Habs don’t want to make a habit of living dangerously, there’s no denying that they appear right at home in OT.
“So far, things are going great,” offered Plekanec on the team’s magic in the extra frame. “Sometimes we’ve gotten lucky. But it doesn’t matter if you win a game in 60 minutes or in 65; the important thing is that you get those two points in the standings.”
Travis Moen couldn’t be happier the Habs are cleaning up in overtime so far, but he could do without the possible resulting heart attacks.
“You’re never really comfortable in overtime, but it shows a lot about our character,” admitted Moen, who chipped in with a goal and an assist on the night. “We just roll up our sleeves and we keep finding ways to win.”
Despite being the newest face in the Habs dressing room, Marc-Andre Bergeron has a theory on why the Canadiens have solved the overtime riddle.
“We have a lot of talented players on this team, so when it gets down to four-on-four in overtime, we can take advantage,” explained Bergeron. “Tonight, we could’ve won five-on-five, but we didn’t. The important thing is that we came out on the winning end because that’s the kind of game where, at the end of the season, this could be the difference between making the playoffs or not.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com
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