The series is all even now, with the Canadiens beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1, and it was they way they won it that tugs at the heart strings.
Unless you’re a Sens fan of course.
Carey Price bounced back and was splendid throughout. Just when we were ready to ship him off to Palookaville.
Rene Bourque showed he has it in him to be an important power forward, and was a serious presence, banging enemy bodies and providing much-needed offensive spark, which is what a premier power forwards show on a regular basis. If only Bourque could do this game in and game out. Maybe he will from here on in.
Ryan White opening the scoring after intercepting an Erik Karlsson pass, and then showed guts and fire through to the final siren.He wasn’t silly, he was effective, and along with his scoring, managed to get under the Sens skin in a way that saw no trips to the sinbin.
Brandon Prust banged and jawed and skated miles, and again showed wonderful leadership, including keeping Bourque’s spirits up on the bench after Bourque was shaken up.
The list goes on – the sensational Subban, the kids Galchenyuk and Gallagher, and all through the lineup, the Habs were a team with intensity and drive, and they did it all without Lars Eller, Max Pacioretty, and Brian Gionta in the lineup. Personally, I’m bursting with pride for the boys. They weren’t to be denied, they oozed emotion, and emotion goes a long way in big games.
Emotion and a great goalie. And both were on display in fine fashion on this Friday night at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens outshot Ottawa 34-30.
Elliotte Friedman mentioned it, and it’s absolutely true. When Brendan Gallagher has one of his many great games, he picks up his teammates, the building comes alive, and magic often happens. Gallagher scored to make it 2-0 before the Sens got on the board, he played hard all night, and I can’t wait to see the Cassie Campbell story on Brendan’s dad, which apparently will be shown on Sunday.
Carey Price took a skate to his mask and lost a tooth, which he promptly took over to Graham Rynbend at the bench. The episode was an important example of Price’s intensity and guts, and he looked like he meant business on this night. It’s not fun losing a chiclet, as you can well imagine.
Throughout this game Price stood his ground, made the saves, and showed the mark of a true champion. Just excellent to witness. And he must be feeling good about the job he did.
Michael Ryder scored Montreal’s insurance marker, after nice work from David Desharnais and Bourque. How great it is when guys are contributing, guys we need. Just very proud of everyone.
All they have to do now is do it again in Ottawa on Sunday.
CBC’s three star selection were Price, Gallagher, and Bourque. Seeing Price as first star will take up several minutes of The Carey Price Story, coming someday to a theatre near you.