|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 3 - Series tied at 1-1|
|5||MONTREAL||+120||Ov 5,+100||+115||Ov 5,+105|
|6||OTTAWA||-140||Un 5,-120||-135||Un 5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15-9-0||+6.4||15-9||+6.4||16-7||3.3||30.6||2.8||27.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.3||3-2||+0.3||2-2||3.0||32.6||2.2||25.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||50||154||40||59||50||5||6||1552||9.9%||207||44||21.3%||267|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||24||79||19||28||29||3||3||734||10.8%||105||21||20.0%||135|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||1||10||4||0||0||163||9.2%||21||3||14.3%||26|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||5||0||5||0||0||0||84||6.0%||7||1||14.3%||8|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||20||55||15||21||17||2||2||685||8.0%||90||17||18.9%||93|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||131||32||58||36||5||4||1354||9.7%||184||35||19.0%||229|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||67||16||31||18||2||4||658||10.2%||84||15||17.9%||115|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||5||3||3||0||0||127||8.7%||19||3||15.8%||20|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||5||1||1||3||0||0||61||8.2%||6||0||0.0%||9|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||55||17||21||14||3||2||549||10.0%||75||15||20.0%||93|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||13||10||273||248||90.8%||1||7-3||+4.6||7-3-0||+5||6-4|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||9||7||197||175||88.8%||0||4-3||+1.6||4-3-0||+2||6-1|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||7||5||172||155||90.1%||0||3-2||+1.6||3-2-0||+2||4-1|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||2||54||47||87.0%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|PETER BUDAJ (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||41||40||1079||977||90.5%||3||23-17||-0.6||23-17-0||0||20-19|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||18||17||459||418||91.1%||1||11-6||+4.8||11-6-0||+5||10-6|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||15||15||377||341||90.5%||0||7-8||-4.8||7-8-0||-4||7-8|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||100||90.9%||0||2-2||-0.7||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|CAREY PRICE (Playoff Games)||2||2||61||56||91.8%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-9-0||+3.6||15-9||+3.6||3-15||2.5||32.9||1.9||30.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||2-3||2.4||33.6||2.0||33.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||50||121||32||44||39||6||11||1652||7.3%||163||25||15.3%||205|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24||59||18||23||15||3||6||789||7.5%||76||12||15.8%||98|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||2||4||5||1||1||168||7.1%||18||1||5.6%||23|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||5||1||1||3||0||0||61||8.2%||6||0||0.0%||9|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||20||46||13||18||13||2||2||656||7.0%||60||8||13.3%||81|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||109||33||31||39||6||6||1586||6.9%||174||21||12.1%||182|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||45||11||11||20||3||2||730||6.2%||80||8||10.0%||73|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||1||6||3||0||0||165||6.1%||12||2||16.7%||17|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||5||0||5||0||0||0||84||6.0%||7||1||14.3%||8|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||53||16||17||17||3||3||695||7.6%||67||10||14.9%||87|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)||26||26||761||716||94.1%||4||14-12||+0.4||14-12-0||0||4-20|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Home Games)||14||14||404||381||94.3%||2||9-5||+2.4||9-5-0||+3||2-10|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (vs. Division)||8||8||263||246||93.5%||2||4-4||-0.2||4-4-0||0||3-4|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||121||93.8%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Playoff Games)||2||2||84||79||94.0%||0||1-1||+0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||12||12||424||397||93.6%||0||5-7||-1.2||5-7-0||-1||4-4|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Home Games)||4||4||122||114||93.4%||0||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)||7||7||271||253||93.4%||0||1-6||-4.8||1-6-0||-4||3-2|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||141||131||92.9%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||+1||2-1|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.05, OTTAWA 3.06|
|4/9/2013||WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at BUFFALO||5-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/13/2013||at TORONTO||1-5||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/15/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-7||L||0, -185||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/17/2013||at PITTSBURGH||4-6||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/18/2013||TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 ov||U|
|4/20/2013||WASHINGTON||1-5||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/23/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||P|
|4/25/2013||at WINNIPEG||4-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/27/2013||at TORONTO||4-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|5/2/2013||OTTAWA||2-4||L||0, -140||L||5 un||O|
|5/3/2013||OTTAWA||3-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||U|
|5/5/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|5/7/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/9/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-1||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/12/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-0||W||0, +125||W||5 un||U|
|4/16/2013||CAROLINA||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/18/2013||WASHINGTON||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|4/20/2013||TORONTO||1-4||L||0, -140||L||5 ov||P|
|4/22/2013||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||U|
|4/25/2013||at WASHINGTON||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||U|
|4/27/2013||PHILADELPHIA||1-2||L||0, -175||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/28/2013||at BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +160||W||5 un||O|
|5/2/2013||at MONTREAL||4-2||W||0, +120||W||5 un||O|
|5/3/2013||at MONTREAL||1-3||L||0, +115||L||5 un||U|
|5/9/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.
LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.
OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.
LAST SEASON: 41-31-10, 92 points. Lost to New York Rangers 4-3 in first round
COACH: Paul MacLean, 2nd season with Senators and NHL, 41-31-10.
ADDED: RW Guillaume Latendresse, D Marc Methot, D Mike Lundin.
LOST: LW Nick Foligno, C Zenon Konopka, LW Nikita Filatov, D Matt Carkner, D Filip Kuba.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Erik Karlsson's continued emergence as the NHL's top play-making defenseman. The 22-year-old Swede won his first Norris Trophy in only his second NHL season after leading all blue-liners with 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists).
OUTLOOK: A surprising run to the playoffs led to captain Daniel Alfredsson's decision to put off retirement for at least one more season. The Senators have the capacity to build on last year under the firm direction of MacLean, the longtime Red Wings' assistant, who had an impressive debut as a first-time head coach.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (MONTREAL-OTTAWA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(With AP Photos.)
*Canadiens-Senators Preview* ============================
Montreal At Ottawa, Game Three, 7:00 p.m. EDT
OTTAWA (AP) -- The Senators know they missed a big opportunity.
They seized home-ice advantage from Montreal in the opener of their first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Then came a poor effort in Game 2.
Ottawa now looks to rebound when it hosts the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday night with the series 1-1.
With Max Pachioretty, Brian Gionta and Lars Eller all injured and out of the lineup for Game 2, the Senators could have come home with a 2-0 series lead. Instead, they lost 3-1.
"We had an opportunity to really take a stranglehold, so we're disappointed, but now we're home and we have to take care of our business. It's not going to be easy but we're in a position that we can control," Senators coach Paul MacLean said Saturday.
"I thought (the Canadiens) were harder at both nets than we were and they were consistently harder at the puck. They were better in the faceoff circle and they finished checks. So if you're better in those stats I think you're probably the team that played harder. Not that we didn't play hard, but every game in the playoffs gets a little harder and we have to make sure that we raise our level."
Ottawa, which won the opener 4-2, is home for the next two games. Game 4 is Tuesday.
The Senators were one of the top home teams in the league during the season with a 15-6-3 record. The Canadiens went 15-7-2 on the road, fourth best overall.
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson says his club took too many penalties in Game 2 and after allowing the Canadiens to go up 3-1 late in the second period.
"Getting one game is better than getting none obviously, and it puts us in the driver's seat at home," Alfredsson said. "We want to take advantage of the way we've been playing at home all year and try and take charge of this series."
Ottawa center Kyle Turris says his team must attack more.
"More play in their end will create less time for them in our end," said Turris, who has one assist and five shots through the first two games. "We have to be physical. That's something they took to us a bit in Game 2 and we're going to have to engage in that more."
The Canadiens, for their part, will be looking for more of the same.
"We've got to stick to what made us successful last game," defenseman Josh Gorges said before the team departed for Ottawa. "We've got to be a fast team. We've got to be a team that's first on pucks. We've got to push the pace.
"We're good when we keep putting pucks deep in the offensive zone and we get our cycle game going. We spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. And whether we're at home or whether we're in Ottawa, we have to have that same mentality and that same urgency."
Senators defenseman Eric Gryba will serve the second of his two-game suspension Sunday for a hit that left Canadiens forward Lars Eller with a concussion, as well as a broken nose some lost teeth.
Gryba, who received a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct on the play, maintains the hit was clean.
"Obviously disappointed with the league's decision on that, but there's nothing I can do but move on," Gryba said. "I still feel as though it was a shoulder-to-shoulder body check and a hockey play."
The play drew comments from both teams. MacLean was accused of being disrespectful for saying Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz was to blame for feeding Eller a dangerous pass up the middle, and by referring to Diaz as No. 61 and not by name.
Canadiens enforcer Brandon Prust called MacLean a "bugged-eyed, fat walrus." MacLean had some fun with that Saturday.
"Bugged eyed - I've never been called that before. That's a new one. Walrus - that's too easy. But I'll tell you one thing, I'm not fat. I might be husky, but I'm not fat," MacLean cracked, adding he doesn't even know who on his team is No. 61.
For the record, it's Andre Benoit.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 12:58:50 AM EST|