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The Habs will have to rely on Peter Budaj to win 3 games in a row...
by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
If teams hadn’t gotten the point yet, they’re certainly getting it now: Don’t doubt the Ottawa Senators, at any cost. Montreal is learning this lesson the hard way. Through four games, the historic Habs are down three games to one to a team that was discarded as a hodgepodge of minor league have-nots during the regular season and then again as cobbled-together--and not particularly impressive--fluke team during the postseason.
This was not an easy call for the Situation Room to make. The quick answer however is that Mika Zibanejad did NOT utilize a natural stopping motion with his left skate as he entered Carey Price's goal crease and focused on the incoming puck. Instead Zibanejad demonstrated a turn of that skate toward the net coupled with a distinct forward motion toward the goal as he contacted the puck. NO GOAL!
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on the controversial goal.
Want to watch the goal? Here you go...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
At least Canadiens fans will have something to bitch about all summer long.
Actually, a few things:
On the sequence leading to Mika Zibanejad’s goal, why was the faceoff on the wrong side of the ice?
Why did the goal count if replays show Zibanejad’s left skate moving to redirect the puck?
Why weren’t two icings waved off late in the third period?
All leading to the fundamental question: Did the zebras screw the Canadiens out of a win that would have tied this series?
Chris Nilan routinely refers to NHL referees as “donkeys”.
The former Canadiens tough guy enlivens his very good TSN690 talk show by making “hee-haw” sounds any time the discussion turns to officiating.
Hockey probably has the worst officiating of any major sport. From the whistles that are buried deep in referees’ pockets when the playoffs start to the guys whom Don Cherry dismisses as “failed referees” booting players out of the faceoff circle, there are a multitude of questionable calls that leave fans of one team or another feeling aggrieved.
But did officiating cost the Canadiens Game 4 … and probably any realistic hope of winning the series?
Most of the folks I follow on Twitter thought this goal would not count, what about you?
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 11:55 of the third period in the Canadiens/Senators game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Mika Zibanejad's left skate and into the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Ottawa.
According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal."
Ottawa scored late in the 3rd period and the game is headed to OT.
Sens win in OT on a goal from Kyle Turris on Peter Budaj who replaced Price at the start of OT. Price appeard to hurt a leg at the end of regulation.
added 10:45pm, Watch below to see how Carey Price was injured.
from Erin Nick at NHL.com,
Anderson has a .949 save percentage through three games, placing him third among the 16 active goaltenders playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His goals-against average sits at 2.01, which ranks sixth. Meanwhile, Price finds himself 15th in both categories, with a 3.69 GAA and .879 save percentage.
Price's stats took a hit after the 6-1 loss to the Senators on Sunday -- a game in which he stayed in until the finish.
"I think it's important to hang in there with my teammates and not bail out. I think the best thing to do is fight through it," Price said.
His coach, Michel Therrien, agreed.
"I never thought about taking [Price] out," Therrien said. "The way we played, the loss, it wasn't his fault. But sometimes you've got to feel that pain together, as a team."
For his part, Price shoulders some of the burden of being down in the series.
You have probably heard by now no further action will be taken by the NHL in regards to the Senators/Canadiens game last night.
Not even a phone call?
Therrien is tossing darts with his eyes in the direction of Paul MacLean. Why? Find out below...
First a full blown line brawl early in the 3rd period with Ottawa up 4-1.
Then P.K. Subban and Kyle Turris go at it shortly after, watch that below along with all the penalties taken in the 3rd period tonight.
The win puts the Wild down 1-2 in their series with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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