Senators Lose 3-1 to Canadiens

The war of words was over…at least for today and it was time to settle things on the ice for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final.

Before the game even began, Coach Paul MacLean had to make some lineup changes due to Eric Gryba’s 2-game suspension for his hit on Lars Eller last evening.  In an effort to protect his players, MacLean dressed Matt Kassian in place of Cory Conacher and filled Gryba’s spot with Andre Benoit.

Onto the first, where there was tons of emotion, but little finish.  The period ended with a scoreless tie despite there being 4 power-plays ( 3 Ottawa, 1 Montreal) and the occasional scoring opportunity.  The Habs outshot the Sens 14-8.

The second was a different story.  At 3:20, Erik Karlsson’s attempted pass to his defence partner was knocked down by Ryan White and knocked through the pads of Craig Anderson to open the scoring.  Less than a minute later, Alex Galchenyuk’s cross-ice pass found a wide open Brendan Gallagher, who deposited the puck into the empty cage to make it 2-0.

But on a delayed penalty, Chris Phillips’ shot from the point eluded Carey Price and the lead was cut in half.

However, after 3 great stops on a Senator power-play by Carey Price, Michael Ryder found a loose puck around the Ottawa net and snapped it home to restore the 2 goal lead heading into the third.

Montreal came out hitting in the final frame, dominating the Senators physically and therefore, mentally.  Ottawa never really came close to closing the gap and fell to the Canadiens 3-1.

Game 3 is Sunday night in Ottawa.

Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips & Craig Anderson (video -Senstv)


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