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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
With some wind at their back, the Senators will get an extra push in Game 6 from what could be the loudest, wildest crowd Canadian Tire Centre has ever hosted.
The once unimaginable story of Ottawa's Comeback Kids has the citizens in a state of euphoria.
"Games 3 and 4 were incredible," Bobby Ryan said when asked to predict what the atmosphere would be like Sunday. "I was told about it and prepared for it, but couldn't believe it. The building is going to be rocking, and our fans certainly deserve it."
It started off like that at Bell Centre on Sunday night, but the Senators never did really allow the Habs' faithful anything to get overly excited about.
"The only stat I know is we beat them," coach Dave Cameron when asked about 18 turnovers by his club, which was outshot 46-25. "I don't think at any point that game was in doubt, from our point of view."
If you just looked at the box score, you would wonder what Cameron was smoking. If you watched the game, you understood him to be correct.
"We're still down 3-2. We have to concentrate on the game (Sunday)," said Cameron. "The fact that you're home doesn't guarantee you anything. We have to find a way to win another hockey game.
via the CP at NHL.com,
With 2:03 left in Ottawa's 5-1 victory on Friday night, Prust moved into the crease and brushed against Anderson, who responded with a stick jab in the back. Prust then began spearing the goaltender in the midsection and a skirmish broke out.
Prust was called for roughing and cross-checking and Patrick Wiercioch got a roughing minor, while P.K. Subban and Eric Gryba got 10 minute misconducts for a lively wrestling match.
"There's certainly frustration on their part," said Cameron. "A sure sign of frustration is when they're taking cheap shots at your goaltender, who's a real good player for us.
"Cheap, extremely cheap. Prust, I've known for a long time. I think he's a respectable guy. A real good player for a long time. But that was cheap what he did tonight."
Prust did not speak to the media after the game and coach Michel Therrien made no comment.
Anderson was unfazed by the incident.
"He's going to the net hard. It's just a battle of emotions there," said Anderson. "I'm fighting for my ice, he's fighting for his ice. I got a little stickwork, but no harm, no foul."
Watch the incident below...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I watched yesterday's Ottawa-Montreal game and was wondering what type of the rule the refs used when they assigned a penalty to Ottawa for cheating on the face-off?
Thank you very much. Always like your comments.
Rule 76.6 was imposed to penalize the Ottawa Senators for a second face-off violation committed by the same team during the same face-off at 8:34 of the second period. (There was actually three false face-offs on this stoppage.) To be perfectly candid, I was in complete and total shock when the penalty was assessed. Not because it is just one more rule in the book that fans believe the officials turn a blind eye to in the playoffs, but because of the procedure that was employed to conduct the face-offs during this stoppage of play.
Once the linesman grasps the puck in his hand, he is in full control of the face-off. As such, he should do everything within his power and ability to avoid enforcing this needless infraction. I'm quite certain that the two referees were counting the seconds tick down on the Sens bench minor penalty that was being served by Bobby Ryan. I can tell you without reservation that I was.
Watch a gif of the penalty below...
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Not so fast.
If the Montreal Canadiens had designs on heading home to catch some R & R before round two, they just got handed a change of itinerary, otherwise known as Game 5 at the Bell Centre Friday night.
The Senators bought themselves life and inspired fan dreams of another 2014-15 miracle with a determined 1-0 victory in Game 4 at the Canadian Tire Centre, a win born out of a push and resolve that built as the game went on. The Habs carry a 3-1 series lead, but the first elimination bullet has been dodged.
“We don’t want it to end,” said winger Mark Stone, who seemed to have the puck on a string for most of the third period. “We love coming to the rink. We wanted to live to fight another day.”
The Senators did just that, in high drama – riding a third period goal from Mike Hoffman with 10:55 remaining in the third period, ending nearly 50 minutes of scoreless, breathtaking hockey.
Watch the game highlights below...
from Ian Medes of TSN,
Multiple waves of reporters descended on the star winger and often times, they were repeating questions that were already asked a few minutes earlier.
“I’m sorry I’m coming in late, but can you talk about your struggles here?”
“How frustrating is it to not be able to score?”
“Do you feel like you’re close to turning this around?”
And yet Ryan acknowledged each question as if he was hearing it for the first time; never once becoming frustrated or agitated with the same line of questioning.
Patience has now become the operative word in Bobby Ryan’s vocabulary.
He hasn’t scored a goal in over a month, with his last one coming all the way back on March 19 against Boston – a span of 15 games if you include the playoff series against Montreal. And even that goal was a bit of a fluke; the puck caromed in off the leg of Zdeno Chara and past Tuukka Rask. If you want to be a real stickler about it, the last time Bobby Ryan shot the puck and beat a goalie cleanly was on March 4 in Winnipeg – a span of 23 games.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
They sat quietly in their dressing room and tried to put on a brave face.
Craig Anderson couldn’t pull off his own heist Sunday night and now the Senators stand on the brink of elimination.
The move to change to the club’s top goalie was viewed as panic in the morning, it was looking brilliant heading into the third period, but in the end nothing was working for the Senators as Dale Weise scored his second of the night at 8:47 of OT to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic 2-1 victory.
Anderson made 47 saves but Weise beat him short side for the win.
The packed house of 20,500 at Canadian Tire Centre left in a state of shock as Weise beat Anderson to give the Habs a commanding 3-0 series lead. Only Clarke MacArthur was able to beat Carey Price on the 33 shots he faced as Weise beat Anderson in regulation to send it to OT.
“It was a close one,” said Anderson. “It’s frustrating. The guys battled so hard, played so well and to come up short is frustrating.
“I gave the team a chance to win and that’s my job. It’s frustrating I wasn’t able to get the win for the guys. We’ve got to put this behind us and get ready to go.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
As the Senators appeared headed for a regulation time loss at Bell Centre Friday, you could anticipate the first question asked of coach Dave Cameron the next morning.
Trailing the first round playoff with the Montreal Canadiens 2-0, would he turn to Craig Anderson when the series switched back to Ottawa for Game 3 Sunday?
Surely, he'd give it some thought.
Andrew (The Hamburglar) Hammond still gets no respect -- despite the way he heroically led the Senators from the grave to the playoffs. Everybody expects his leash with Cameron is short, despite the fact he was 20-1-2 to end the season.
They seem to forget Anderson has played just four games since Jan. 21, winning one. They believe Cameron will turn to the hero of Ottawa's 2013 playoff series win over the Habs at the first sign of Hammond weakening.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Most pro sports view acts of wanton violence as a failure, to be lamented and erased from memory as quickly as possible; in hockey, they can become cultural touchstones.
Call it a manifestation of the game’s lizard brain: Talent can be countered by brutishness, and the beauty is it works almost every time.
In a wider sense, to be a key offensive performer in the NHL is to suffer the democratizing effects of ill treatment. Skill players tend to be phlegmatic about it.
“It’s part of the expectation of playoff hockey, right? Guys on the other team trying to make it extremely difficult in a physical way on the other team’s skill forwards – and we’re trying to do the same for them,” said Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris, a dynamic player who is often singled out for rough handling.
The dominant narrative from Ottawa’s series opener with the Montreal Canadiens focused on Sens sniper Mark Stone’s health following a slash from the Habs’ P.K. Subban. He wasn’t the only player targeted in the game.
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Murray says Stone is ''very questionable for the series.''
Murray says disturbing part for him is that he says Subban made a threat to Stone previous to the incident
Murray says he feels Subban deserves suspension
Murray says he spoke with Stephane Quintal this morning.
Murray hopes Quintal will change his mind now that there's more injury news on Stone
added 1:19pm, video of Bryan Murray below...
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