Not a terrible way to spend a Sunday night, huh? All you guys and girls who jumped down my throat about NHL vs. NFL were rewarded for your faith in the game tonight. That was some night. (Not that I told you to forgo hockey for a day, but whatever.)
Here’s a few things from the locker room:
â€” Renney wasn’t happy with the way the game had unfolded. Because of the penalties and because he matched Betts and co. with Kovalev’s line, the top skill guys hadn’t logged much ice time. He decided to change it late, rolling two lines for most of the third period. “They said, ‘OK, coach is putting this directly on our shoulders.’ They love that,” he said.
â€” Chris Drury said this felt like a playoff game right from the anthems. â€œIt kind of felt like a playoff game, how intense the crowd was right from the anthems,â€ he said.Â â€œOur bench was pretty excited right throughout the third.â€ No wonder he played so well, scoring the tying goal with five minutes left and assisting on the winner.
Sam noted to me via text message during the third period that Drury was destroying Montreal on faceoffs.Â He was 15 of 21…but that was nothing. Betts was 9 of 11. For the game, the team was 41 of 60 (68%). Not bad.
â€” Brendan Shanahan had the quote of the night, that you feel like “the coolest kid in school for a day” after scoring a game-winner.
Safe to say he’d be a senior.