It took the Montreal Canadiens three tries, but in Game 6 Montreal was able to secure a 2-0 victory over Ottawa. And with that the Ottawa Senators’ incredible run that included a 21-3-3 regular season finish has come to an end.
The finale certainly wasn’t devoid of controversy. The most notable issue was the quick whistle cost the Senators a game-tying goal. At the same time, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price deserves a lot of credit for his efforts.
Price made 43 saves tonight and was challenged by the Senators multiple times in the dying minutes of the contest. He stood tall throughout it and once again showed why he’s worthy of consideration for the Hart Trophy.
It would also be simplistic to suggest that Ottawa’s elimination is solely the result of a bad call. The Senators fell behind in this series 3-0 and in doing so, conceded any breathing room that they had. They fought hard to challenge Montreal, but when you’ve been reduced to competing for a reverse sweep against a great team, nearly everything has to go your way.
The Senators are a young squad that showed a lot of character in both their late season push and their fight over the final three playoff contests. With Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman, and Mika Zibanejad leading the way, Ottawa has a potentially bright future. The present belongs to Montreal though and with Price between the pipes, it will be a tough adversary for the winner of Tampa Bay vs. Detroit.
The Ottawa Senators have worked hard to claw their way back into the their first round series against Montreal after falling behind in the series 3-0. After the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher struck first in the opening frame of Game 6 tonight, the Senators got off to a strong start in the second frame. Their efforts nearly paid off towards the midway mark of the period, but they lost a goal to a fast whistle.
You can see that incident below:
There’s no question that the play was blown dead before the puck went in the net, but the fact that there was a whistle at all is at the heart of the controversy. We have the benefit of replays, which allows us to see the action from choice angles, and aren’t task with making split second judgment calls. That being said, it looks pretty clear that Canadiens goaltender Carey Price never had control of the puck.
That one has to be frustrating for the Senators, but they don’t have time to be frustrated.
The St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators will look to force a Game 7 in their respective series today.
The Blues trail the Minnesota Wild 3-2 after losing Game 5 4-1 on home ice. Prior to this, the Wild have never led a series 3-2. A win would advance Minnesota to the second round for the second consecutive spring.
Ottawa fell behind 3-0 to Montreal with three straight one-goal losses. Since then the Sens have out-scored the Habs 6-1 in back-to-back wins and can force a Game 7 on Tuesday with a win this evening.
The Minnesota Wild play host to the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 at the Xcel Energy Center with action getting underway at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. It can also be streamed online:
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Ottawa entertains Montreal in the only other game of the day. Game 6 between the Habs and Sens from the Canadian Tire Centre begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can also watch the livestream at the link below:
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P.A. Parenteau will be in the Habs’ lineup tonight as they look to close out their series with the Ottawa Senators.
Parenteau has been a healthy scratch since Game 3 after missing Game 2 due to an upper body injury.
Michel Therrien would not confirm who is coming out of the Habs’ lineup to make room for Parenteau.
He played 12:13 in Game 1 registering three shots on goal.
The 32-year-old had eight goals and 22 points in 56 regular season games.
Parenteau has one goal and two assists in eight career Stanley Cup playoff games.
A quick look at what games will be on what channels in today’s Stanley Cup playoff action…
Blues at Wild, 3 p.m. ET on NBC
The Minnesota Wild can advance to the second round for a second consecutive spring with a win on home ice this afternoon. The Blues dominated the last game at the Xcel Energy Center chasing Devan Dubnyk in a 6-1 win. A Blues win would force Game 7 back in St. Louis on Wednesday.
Canadiens at Senators 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Ottawa suffered three one-goal defeats – two of them in overtime – to fall behind 3-0 in their series with Montreal. However, after a 1-0 win in Game 4 and a 5-1 in Game 5 at the Bell Centre, the Sens are just one win shy of forcing a Game 7 in Montreal on Tuesday. The Sens won both regular season meetings with the Habs in Ottawa.