“It was probably one of the best atmospheres in the building all year with all the Montreal fans,” said Nikolai Khabibulin. “It was comparable to a soccer game in Europe where you have fans on both sides. It was very loud and gave us extra energy."
It's almost easy to say that half of the fans at Rexall were pulling for the Habs. No matter where the camera panned, those famous red, blue and white jerseys were spotted in just about every second seat.
Nevertheless, the Oilers had one goal to achieve last night, and that was to post their second straight win on home ice.
Ales Hemsky pulled his team in front late in the first period. The semi-superstar fooled Carey Price with a roof-daddy of a snipe at the 8th minute mark.
In the second the Habs gave their loud supporting fans something to cheer about; when Jeff Halpern scored the tying goal during a mad scramble in front of Khabibulin.
Minutes after the tying goal, Alexandre Picard's on-timer met with, Khabibulin's leg pad to keep the game even heading into the 3 third.
In the final frame it was all Oilers led by, Eberle.
Hall provided Eberle who then converted with his 13th goal of the year which was also a thing of beauty. Eberle, waited for Carey Price to drop his shoulder before roofing the puck short side.
Exactly 15 seconds later, JF Jacques found Ryan Jones at the top of the slot who then wristed a 5-hole goal to make it 3-1.
With the net empty for the Habs, Hemsky potted his second of the night to help the Oilers cruise to 4-1 victory.
“What I’m most proud of is we lagged a bit in the second period, they pushed hard,” said Horcoff. “But we pushed back and took the game over. That’s a good sign for us against a good team.”