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Canadiens vs. Senators: Game #3

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“They’re going to play desperate hockey. We know that they’re excited to be back home. They’re a team that’s kind of been in this situation all year. They’re definitely still going to have that confidence and that belief in themselves, so it will be on us to play a solid road game and not give them too much momentum.” – Brendan Gallagher

The Montreal Canadiens would be looking to keep their lead in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs during Sunday night’s match against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Friday night showed the Habs once again taking advantage of home ice by beating the Senators three to two in overtime at the Bell Centre, and a first ever playoff win on Ottawa ice should be more than enough to motivate the Canadiens, who grabbed a two-game loss in Ottawa back in May of 2013. On the other side of the ice, the Senators are only two games away from a possible elimination. Despite being 23-13-5 at home (not losing their past three home games), coach Dave Cameron has decided to change the atmosphere for the Canadiens by bringing in tough guy Chris Neil in the line up as well as putting Craig Anderson between the pipes. The Habs have a great opportunity to grab a three game lead in round one or allow the Senators back in the series and let Ottawa exhaust them. Outshooting the Senators so far in playoffs as well as having the edge, there’s seems to be a better chance of the Habs not backing down tonight.

Clarke MacArthur woke up the Canadian Tire Centre with just eight minutes and 32 seconds left of the first period, giving the Senators the first goal of the night (assisted by Mark Stone). The Senators essentially dominated the Canadiens, having a nine to four lead in shots within the first five minutes, being outhit 26 to 14, and having the first period end with Ottawa taking the one to nothing lead thanks to the Senators aggressive force and high pressure.

The Montreal Canadiens dominated Ottawa as they took the lead with shots on net (18 to six) and were able to kill off both power plays for the Senators, but team still struggled to make room to move around and put any pucks past Craig Anderson. A positive note was the Habs keeping their heads in the game and bringing out good amounts of pressure when needed as well as taking their fair share of shots. However, they left the period still one point behind Ottawa.

With five minutes and 47 seconds left on the clock, Dale Weise was able to find the back of the net and give the Canadiens the goal they needed to tie up the game (assisted by Brandon Prust and Torrey Mitchell). Both the Canadiens and the Senators played a strong, aggressive third period, but didn’t have enough time to break the tie so they took the game into overtime for the second time in the series.

Dale Weise once again saved the day with eight minutes and 46 seconds left by lighting up the lamp and giving the Montreal Canadiens their third playoff win in a row and holding a three game lead over the Ottawa Senators.

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

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