|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 5 - OTT Leads 3-1|
|33||OTTAWA||+110||Ov 5,-115||+110||Ov 5,-115|
|34||MONTREAL||-130||Un 5,-105||-130||Un 5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11-15-0||-2.2||11-15||-2.2||9-15||2.4||33.2||2.5||32.9|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.8||4-1||+3.8||3-1||3.6||29.4||2.0||36.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||52||130||33||45||45||7||11||1716||7.6%||175||28||16.0%||222|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||26||62||14||21||24||3||5||863||7.2%||87||13||14.9%||107|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||3||3||11||1||1||147||12.2%||20||3||15.0%||34|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||4||14||2||2||9||1||0||125||11.2%||18||3||16.7%||26|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||22||55||14||19||19||3||2||720||7.6%||72||11||15.3%||98|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||112||34||33||39||6||6||1648||6.8%||181||22||12.2%||188|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||64||22||20||19||3||4||856||7.5%||94||13||13.8%||109|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||1||8||1||0||0||182||5.5%||16||3||18.7%||18|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||8||1||7||0||0||0||146||5.5%||14||2||14.3%||14|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||56||17||19||17||3||3||757||7.4%||74||11||14.9%||93|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (All Games)||28||28||823||775||94.2%||4||16-12||+2.4||16-12-0||+2||5-20|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Road Games)||12||12||357||335||93.8%||2||5-7||-2||5-7-0||-3||2-10|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (vs. Division)||10||10||325||305||93.8%||2||6-4||+1.8||6-4-0||+2||4-4|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||146||138||94.5%||0||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|CRAIG ANDERSON (Playoff Games)||4||4||146||138||94.5%||0||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)||12||12||424||397||93.6%||0||5-7||-1.2||5-7-0||-1||4-4|
|ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)||8||8||302||283||93.7%||0||3-5||-1.2||3-5-0||-1||3-3|
|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|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-11-0||-2.4||15-11||-2.4||10-16||2.9||31.5||2.5||26.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.4||2-3||-1.4||2-2||2.4||34.8||3.0||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||52||157||41||61||50||5||6||1614||9.7%||214||45||21.0%||273|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||26||75||21||31||21||2||3||818||9.2%||102||23||22.5%||132|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||2||9||1||0||0||174||6.9%||20||2||10.0%||21|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||4||8||1||7||0||0||0||146||5.5%||14||2||14.3%||14|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||22||58||16||23||17||2||2||747||7.8%||97||18||18.6%||99|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||140||33||59||42||6||4||1418||9.9%||196||38||19.4%||246|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||64||16||27||18||3||0||696||9.2%||100||20||20.0%||114|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||2||9||1||0||142||10.6%||25||4||16.0%||28|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||14||2||2||9||1||0||125||11.2%||18||3||16.7%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||64||18||22||20||4||2||613||10.4%||87||18||20.7%||110|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||14||10||275||249||90.5%||1||7-3||+4.6||7-3-0||+5||6-4|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||4||3||76||73||96.1%||1||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||0-3|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||8||5||174||156||89.7%||0||3-2||+1.6||3-2-0||+2||4-1|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||2||32||26||81.2%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|PETER BUDAJ (Playoff Games)||1||0||2||1||50.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||43||42||1141||1031||90.4%||3||23-19||-2.6||23-19-0||-2||21-19|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||23||23||620||559||90.2%||2||12-11||-5.4||12-11-0||-4||10-13|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||17||17||439||395||90.0%||0||7-10||-6.8||7-10-0||-6||8-8|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||110||89.4%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||2-1|
|CAREY PRICE (Playoff Games)||4||4||123||110||89.4%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OTTAWA 3.03, MONTREAL 3.1|
|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|
|5/5/2013||MONTREAL||6-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||O|
|5/7/2013||MONTREAL||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5 ev||P|
|5/9/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|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||1-6||L||0, +115||L||5 un||O|
|5/7/2013||at OTTAWA||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ev||P|
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (OTTAWA-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(With AP Photos.)
*Senators-Canadiens Preview* ============================
Ottawa At Montreal, Game Five, 7:00 p.m. EDT
OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators are on the brink of advancing in the NHL playoffs, yet according to coach Paul MacLean they are fearful.
The Senators have a 3-1 lead over the archrival Canadiens heading into Game 5 Thursday night in Montreal. MacLean has done his best to deflect attention from his players during the emotional series, and Wednesday afternoon was no different.
MacLean is doing his best to make his team appear as the underdog.
"We're scared to death," said MacLean of Game 5. "I know I am. We know it's going to be really hard. Tomorrow is going to be a hard game and we have to make sure we're ready for that no matter what they have or who they play. It's going to be hard."
Last year, the Senators had a 3-2 series lead over the New York Rangers, but lost the next two games. They're hopeful they've grown from that experience.
"We're going to find out tomorrow if we learned any lessons," MacLean said. "We can talk about it, speak about it and address it, but it's actually done on the ice when the puck drops. That's when we'll find out for sure."
The Senators have a 7-0 record when leading a series 3-1, but the last time the Senators won three straight playoff games was 2007 Only four players - Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza and Chris Neil - remain from that team.
Neil believes the team should be more than able to handle the pressure, with veteran leadership and the experience a number of its younger players earned in Binghamton when they won the Calder Cup in 2011.
"It's getting a taste of winning and some of our young guys got that and. And for some of the older guys they have felt the bitterness of losing," Neil said. "Whenever you have a team on the ropes you've got to be able to put them down and that's our mindset. We just have to play the game of games."
The Senators know they can't afford to wait until the last ten minutes to take control as they did in Game 4, where they scored two late goals in regulation before winning in overtime. The Canadiens had been the better team for much of the game and, if not for a few breaks, the Senators could easily be heading to Montreal with the series tied.
But this has been a season of resilience for the Senators. Few gave the Senators any chance of reaching the playoffs after lengthy injuries to Spezza, star defenseman Erik Karlsson and starting goaltender Craig Anderson decimated the team in the regular season. But the depleted lineup found a way to keep winning, and from that players gained a sense of confidence in one another that is now reaping rewards.
It's why when trailing 2-0 heading into the third period the team still felt it had the ability to get back in Tuesday's game.
"It's nice to know that we can persevere in a game," said defenseman Eric Gryba. "We kind of laid an egg in the first half of the game or even arguably the first two periods, so to be able to come back and show the character that's in this locker room and battle back to win the game is really a testament to our leadership and the guys in this locker room."
The Senators could be facing a very different team in Montreal. Goaltender Carey Price is listed as day to day with a lower body injury, while Brandon Prust and Ryan White are out with upper body injuries. Captain Brian Gionta, who missed Game 2 and Game 4, will undergo surgery Friday for a torn bicep tendon and is done for the season.
Not that it has affected the confidence of P.K. Subban
"We can beat these guys. We're better," Subban said. "Guys are going to realize when we're coming out the gates and we're flying that we're the better team and there's still life in this series for us.
"But it takes the guys in this room to believe that."
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 4:40:38 AM EST|