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Canadiens vs. Senators: Game #6

Habs' Brendan Gallagher

“I was patient and just wanted to be positive and stay with my teammates. I did that, and now it’s my chance to hop into the lineup tonight to help close the series. I’m really excited for that. I think I’m known for my offense so I can help the team in that area. The team has been playing really well in these playoffs, so I was just waiting for my turn.” P.A. Parenteau

After a five to one loss at the Bell Centre on Friday night, the Montreal Canadiens would be back at the Canadian Tire Centre to face the Ottawa Senators and hopefully end the series on Sunday night. The Senators came back from a three to nothing series downfall, with goaltender Craig Anderson saving 45 of the 46 shots he faced, and what better night for the Habs to make a strong comeback than tonight. However, despite P.A. Parenteau being back in the line up, coach Michel Therrien has confirmed no changes for game six. With that said, Parenteau will be on one of the two power play units, which might give a Canadiens a slight advantage of fixing up their two minute moments on the ice and have pucks find the back on the net. Either way, in order for the Canadiens to clinch the series, they’ll need to put plenty of traffic in front of the Ottawa net and take as many shots as they can, or else they’ll be facing a rough game seven.

The Senators weren’t the first to light up the lamp for the first time of the series, as Brendan Gallagher beat Craig Anderson with a perfect goal in the Ottawa net (assisted by Greg Pateryn and Tomas Plekanec) with six minutes and 34 seconds left of the first period. While the period started off slow with only two shot attempts by the Habs and one by the Sens within the first five minutes, the Canadiens got a huge wind of energy and came out as the stronger team with six shots on goal eight minutes in. After two power plays that were killed off, the Senators took the opportunity to add some pressure on the ice. While Ottawa was able to come back with five shots in 51 seconds, goaltender Carey Price wasn’t having any of it and the period closed off with the Canadiens leading one to nothing.

The Senators fired nine shots within seven minutes and ended up with what looked like a tie goal. However, the whistle was blown right before the puck was swept into the net, which gave Ottawa motivation to charge back by the midway mark. The Habs, on the other hand waited nine and a half minutes to get a shot on net and ended the period with the Senators leading 17-12. While both teams scrambled for another goal while both Price and Anderson made some great saves, the second period ended scoreless with Montreal still sitting with a one to nothing lead.

It was an intense third period as both the Senators and the Canadiens were looking for that one goal to change the entire game. While Ottawa was keeping the pressure high and had a great power play opportunity with just over three minutes left, Montreal killed off any chances the Senators may have had and the Canadiens took home a two to nothing win (thanks to an empty net goal from Max Pacioretty), officially eliminating Ottawa from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Montreal Canadiens will (possibly) find out Monday whether or not they’ll play against the Detroit Red Wings in round two of the playoffs.

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