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Habs down 1-0, Eller out

Not the start the Habs wanted. 50 shots and nothing to show for it. 1-0 Ottawa. Terrible hit on Lars Eller, who is in hospital with a concussion, facial fractures, and is staying there overnight. It seems unlikely he'll be back in this series, given how quickly the games are being played. Look for Jeff Halpern to slot in tomorrow night, and Brandon Prust to move up with Gallagher and Galchenyuk.

What can you say after a loss like this? The Canadiens dominated for 50 of the 60 minutes and lots. The team was clearly thrown off by the injury to Eller. Is it a suspendable hit? I think under the new rules it may be, given the head contact, but the injury made the play look much worse than it actually was - reminding many, including myself, of Rich Pilon on Kevin Stevens twenty years ago. A huge loss for the Habs, as Eller was probably the most enigmatic forward (perhaps Gallagher was better) until the hit. The key tomorrow night will be the Habs staying composed and looking for revenge via a win rather than a physical confrontation. 

Not much time to tweak their gameplan. Not much time for Carey Price to think things over. Maybe that's a good thing? 

Habs-Sens, tomorrow at 7. We'll have a very good idea of where this series is going come Saturday morning. 

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Hoping Eller is okay.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 05/02/13 at 10:54 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Is it a suspendable hit? I think under the new rules it may be, given the head contact, but the injury made the play look much worse than it actually was…

Well, you got the last part right. But there was absolutely no “hit to the head.” Just watch the Kerry Fraser frame-by-frame analysis in the other post here at KK. It was a completely legal hit to the body that resulted in an awful injury when Eller’s face hit the ice.

I hope Lars is okay, but this never should have been any kind of penalty, let alone a major and a game misconduct. If Shanny hands out any sort of suspension, it’ll be a complete joke.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/03/13 at 10:15 AM ET


I completely agree that the injury made the hit look considerably worse than it was. However, from every replay I’ve seen, there was no contact made to the head, and the principal point of contact was the chest. If there is a hit to be suspended from the league last night, it was David Perron’s deliberate shoulder to Dustin Penner’s head in the second period of the Blues vs. Kings game.

Posted by Etterbeekers on 05/03/13 at 02:12 PM ET

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