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Canadiens vs. Senators: Game #2

Habs' Andrei Markov

“Guys fit certain roles and if they feel that’s something the team needs then that’s the way it is. It’s still the same game when it comes down to it, and we’re not going to let line up changes affect us. There are going to be line up changes with every team throughout the course of the playoffs. It’s just part of the game with injuries and other things that can happen. We’ll be fine.” – Nathan Beaulieu

After Wednesday night’s four to three win over the Ottawa Senators, the Montreal Canadiens would be looking to continue their lead in game two at the Bell Centre on Friday night. The Canadiens proved that despite being without Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban (for most of the game due to a slashing major and a game misconduct), the troops could still manage to contribute plenty of offense which had Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond giving up four goals in a single game. On the other side of the ice, Ottawa’s blood has been boiling since Wednesday night’s loss and Subban’s slash on Mark Stone, which was enough to have coach Dave Cameron (as well as enforcer Chris Neil) uttering indirect threats towards the Canadiens. While Cameron has a warning from league officials, it would be no surprise if things got extra heated on the ice. However, Therrien’s troops have the chance to lead round one by two games even though the Senators will make it tough for them to put any pucks on net. If they work as hard as they did on Wednesday, there’s a high percentage that the Habs will be walking into round two.

With one minute and 18 seconds left of the first period, Clarke Macarthur (assisted by Mark Stone and Cody Ceci) found the back of the net to give the Senators their first goal of the night (their 12th shot on goal). While the last five minutes of play were sluggish, the Habs stayed ahead in both possession and scoring chances. It was quite a physical period for both sides of the ice, but the Habs still ended the first period with momentum.

Max Pacioretty got himself back on the scoresheet in his first game back from his upper-body injury on the power play (assisted by David Desharnais and Andrei Markov) seven minutes and 18 seconds into the second period, which was later followed by a beauty of a goal past Hammond’s ear from P.K. Subban (assisted by Devante Smith-Pelly and David Desharnais) with just three minutes and 33 seconds left. Even though the Canadiens regained energy from their first goal from Pacioretty, the team gave a solid effort and strong game play, outshooting the Senators 14-3 overall.

While the Senators effectively killed off two power plays within four minutes of each other, the Canadiens were still holding power in the Ottawa zone, getting 14 shots on net just six minutes into the final period. With six minutes and 65 seconds left of the third period, Patrick Wiercioch (assisted by Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson) grabbed a power play goal for Ottawa, putting the game at a two to two tie. However, the Habs were able to keep the Senators for putting any more pucks on net and both teams were going into overtime.

Three minutes and 40 seconds into overtime and Alex Galchenyuk gave the Montreal Canadiens the winning goal over the Ottawa Senators.

The Montreal Canadiens face the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday at 7:00pm.

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