Well, that was sudden.
Looking to move out of fourth place in the Pacific Division, the Edmonton Oilers had a one-goal late third-period lead over the Montreal Canadiens before it all went horribly wrong for Todd McLellan and his group on Sunday.
Paul Byron, inserted into the lineup after battling the flu, tied the game. OK, no biggie for the Oilers. It’s just a tied game and with 6:27 remaining to go about finding a late winner.
Instead, it was the Habs that found the winning goal — on an odd bounce that appeared to hit off Edmonton defenseman Oscar Klefbom following the initial shot (or was it a pass?) from Max Pacioretty, who was credited with the goal.
Montreal would score twice more in the final 1:07 to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
“Any time something like that happens — you think you’re in control and then it changes that quickly — it sucks.”
Edmonton will remain fourth in the Pacific and in the first wild card spot.
That’s a big win for the Canadiens. They jump back ahead of the Ottawa Senators for the lead in the Atlantic Division.