“The most important goal of my career” – Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Jesperi Kotkaniemi hasn’t always had it easy this season. His coach had even chosen to leave him out for the first game. The hero of the meeting is now down to three goals.
“It’s an incredible feeling. This is the most important goal of my career. I think this is my first in overtime. »
The Finn’s goal was timely. The more the minutes passed in overtime, the more we saw the Canadiens’ players lacking in energy. Kotkaniemi scored on the Canadian’s second shot in overtime. The Leafs had shot 13.
« We would have liked to have spent all our time in Leafs territory, but that’s not what happened. Sometimes you only need one shot. »
Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot and Jeff Petry played beyond 34 minutes. They have done a colossal job of tapping deep into their energy reserve.
“Those are horses! They played big minutes for us tonight. They made good plays, blocked shots, took the puck out of the zone. I have already played against them and it is not pleasant. »
It was good to see spectators in the Bell Center after an absence of 14 and a half months. The Habs players felt the support of their fans.
“Coming out for the warm-up, we had chills. It looked like there were a lot more than 2500 people. I can’t imagine what it would have been like in front of 21,000 spectators. It was electric. »