The Canadiens will try to take a stranglehold on their Eastern Quarterfinal Series against Ottawa Sunday as the scene shifts to the Canadian Tire Centre for Game three Sunday night. Ottawa will put veteran goaltender Craig Anderson in goal for the first time in the series and add the physical presence of Chris Neil to their fourth line.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in the fourth minute of overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. The win gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in their best of seven quarterfinal series with the scene shifting to Ottawa Sunday.
Max Pacioretty returns to the Canadiens lineup for Game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators. Pacioretty will go back on the line centred by David Desharnais while Devante Smith-Pelly will move over to right wing. P.A. Parenteau will miss the game with an upoer body injury. The Candiens lead the series 1-0.
Fourth liner Brian Flynn scored a goal and added two assists and the Canadiens survived a game misconduct to P.K. Subban to edged the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal Wednesday night. Game two will be played at the Bell Centre Friday.
The Canadiens and Ottawa Senators will meet in a playoff series for only the second time in their teams histories. The last time they met was the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Seres of 2013 which Ottawa won 4 games to 1. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens against late season sensation Andrew Hammond of the Senators.
Prior to this year, the only time the Canadiens and the modern-day Ottawa Senators met in the Stanley Cup playoffs was two years ago, again in the first round. It was an emotional series keyed by a horrible injury to forward Lars Eller followed by a long-running war of words between coaches Michel Therrien and Paul MacLean.
The Ottawa Senators enter their playoff series Wednesday on a three game regular winning streak over the Canadiens. The failure of the Canadiens to treak the Senators as a serious contender during the regular season may come back to haunt them. A close look at the four game season series.
For the Canadiens the first round of the playoffs begins Wednesday at the Bell Centre. Before we look ahead, a good time to look back at the 185 day season of the Canadiens a season that led to first place in the Eastern Conference, second overall in the league and the ascension of Carey Price to NHL super stardom.
The Canadiens completed a season sweep of the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre and finished their 2014-2015 season on top of the
Atlantic Division with the second best record in the NHL after a 4-3 win in a shootout. Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais scored in the shootout to secure the win. The Canadiens will open their Stanley Cup playoffs against Ottawa next week.
The Canadiens finish their season in Toronto Saturday night with an opportunity to not only nail down first place in the Atlantic Division but also second in the overall league standings. Carey Price will again be in goal for Montreal. Jonathan Bernier will be in the Toronto nets.