No one expected it.Why? Because, as a 12th seed, Montreal shouldn’t have even had a sniff of the playoffs; they were not a good team.When the NHL’s 2019-20 season was paused on March 12, the team was at .500 (31-31-9) and nine points out of the postseason with three teams between them and the last wild-card spot. They were tied for 18th in goals for (212), tied for 23rd in goals against, in the bottom third on special teams and on a three-game losing streak.Well, the time off was good for the Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge. Sure, they have Vezina and Hart Trophy winner Carey Price in net and defenseman Jeff Petry scoring ridiculous game-winning goals, including this shocker in Game 3: Petry gives the Canadiens a 4-3 lead in the 3rd pic.twitter.com/cljHfV3y6l— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) August 6, 2020But still.They’re thisclose to knocking out Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (Game 4 is 4 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN and SN) from the 2020 postseason — and giving Pittsburgh a good chance at getting phenom Alexis Lafreniere in the draft.Twitter, of course, has lost its collective mind over all of this:Oh dear pic.twitter.com/CEdykCdRMA— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 6, 2020The Montreal Canadiens lost to the Detroit Red Wings four times this season. In regulation. Hockey, as ever, is dumb.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) August 6, 2020The Canadiens can eliminate the Penguins on Friday starting at 4 PM. I didn’t think I’d ever write these words.— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) August 6, 2020I guess since we didn’t get March Madness this year, the Canadiens figure they’ll go ahead and play the role of bracket buster and be the 12-seed that beats the 5-seed. #StanleyCup #Habs— Jordan Bondurant (@J__Bondurant) August 6, 2020Remember when some where suggesting the Canadiens would tank the series for a chance to get the No. pick.That was funny.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) August 6, 2020Bruins fans rooting for Carey Price and the Canadiens is the final plot twist of 2020.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) August 6, 2020Alexis Lafreniere glances over at his Sidney Crosby poster pic.twitter.com/f9poNdRbEg— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 6, 2020Can you believe this?— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) August 6, 2020How many times did the Habs hold a lead that long in the regular season?I don’t have the answer, but it is very few.They’re one from moving on.— Brian Wilde (@BWildeMTL) August 6, 2020pic.twitter.com/VmDoDiLLEW— Jay Baruchel 🇨🇦 (@BaruchelNDG) August 6, 2020We’re just going to leave this here….#Canadiens #Club1909 #BecauseItsTheCup#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/R3jiGN9BO1— Habs Unfiltered – The Premier Fan experience (@HabsUnfiltered) August 6, 2020 After a 4-3 come-from-behind win Wednesday night, the Canadiens are a game away from clinching a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs first round and eliminating the Penguins.No one predicted it.