<span class="vcard">James O'Brien</span>

Carey Price, Mika Zibanejad,

Video: Carey Price’s great save on a fantastic Mika Zibanejad try

The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators aren’t lacking in hatred for each other, but that doesn’t mean that all those hard feelings are overwhelming all displays of skill.

In fact, both teams had some skill to flaunt on this display, as Mika Zibanejad showed some serious talent in even getting a shot off on Carey Price, who was game to the challenge:

Yep, that’s pretty impressive. It looked like the two teams would go into the first intermission with a 0-0, but Clarke MacArthur beat Price in the waning moments of the period. Mark Stone managed to grab an assist on that goal, too.


Stone’s in for Senators tonight

P.K. Subban,

It looked shaky, but the Ottawa Senators will have Mark Stone in the lineup against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 tonight.

The Senators were concerned that a micro-fracture injury suffered from P.K. Subban’s infamous slash might have sidelined him for the entire series, but he instead will gut it out. The potential Calder candidate didn’t look great in warm-ups, as multiple reporters observed, including ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

Stone isn’t the only possibly banged-up sniper in this one, as Max Pacioretty is making his 2015 postseason debut for the Habs tonight.

If either player can contribute anywhere near their normal level, it could very well be a difference-maker in this series or at least in Game 2. Then again, there’s also the threat of re-injury, particularly in a series that’s already very testy:

It’s remarkable how far Stone has come for Ottawa, isn’t it?

Patched up: Habs get Pacioretty back for Game 2

Max Pacioretty

The Montreal Canadiens managed to win a contentious Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators without him, but with tempers rising, they’re likely glad to see Max Pacioretty in the lineup for Game 2.

That said, a player sidelined with an upper-body injury since April 5 would be wise to “keep his head up” even more than everyone else though, right?

It’s always a little nerve-wracking to place a seemingly vulnerable player into the playoff pressure cooker, yet if Pacioretty is anywhere near full-strength, the Canadiens regain a key component.

The 26-year-old set a new career-high for points with 67 and continues to come close to the 40-goal mark, capping out this time at 37.

Holtby halted: Capitals will start Grubauer in Game 2

Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer

Philipp Grubauer’s second appearance of the 2014-15 season will come in the playoffs, as the Washington Capitals announced that he will play in place of a sick Braden Holtby in Game 2.

Holtby had a rough Game 1 against the New York Islanders at times, yet he’s had a borderline Vezina-caliber breakthrough overall this season. Grubauer, meanwhile, won his lone NHL start during the season while putting up respectable numbers in the AHL (27-17-5 with a .921 save percentage for the Hershey Bears).

The Islanders boast a talented offense that made Washington look slow on Wednesday, so Grubauer’s really getting thrown right into the playoff fire tonight.

On the bright side, Holtby was largely unknown when he managed to play some great postseason hockey for the Dale Hunter-coached Capitals, so Washington isn’t totally unfamiliar with new faces leading them to nice places (Semyon Varlamov had a nice newbie run, too).

As far as beyond Game 2, the early word seems positive for Holtby, at least vaguely speaking.

WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action

Brian Strait, Jason Chimera

The third night of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs is upon us, giving us the chance to see how teams react to 1-0 leads or deficits. Hockey fans won’t have to look far to find the action, either.

After looking slow against the New York Islanders in Game 1, a lot is on the line for the Washington Capitals at home. Pre-game coverage starts around 6 p.m. ET, so check it out on NBCSN or online via NBC Sports Live Extra.


CNBC carries Game 2 of the Ottawa Senators at the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal’s up 1-0 in a series that already has a ton of bad blood. Will we see some more heat in this one? Either way, it’s an intriguing matchup.


A later start time might do the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators some serious good after Thursday’s Game 1 double-overtime jaw-dropper. Like the Capitals, the Predators face the unsettling prospect of dropping both contests at home. CNBC’s second game of the night can also be streamed below.


Finally, NBCSN provides coverage of Game 2 between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, another situation in which the home team could go down 2-0.