Montreal Canadiens

Sens’ MacArthur, Methot battled hip injuries in series vs. Habs

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Marc Methot and Clarke MacArthur were among the Sens battling injuries in their first round loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, both played through hip flexor injuries during the six-game series.

MacArthur missed the second half of Game 5 with the injury. He told reporters on Sunday morning that he had “hyper-extended” his “lower body injury” in Ottawa’s 5-1 win.

The 30-year-old had two goals in the six games while registering a minus-2 rating in the series.

Methot actually averaged more ice time per game in the six games than he did during the regular season. The 29-year-old had a minus-1 rating in the series while averaging 23:48 in ice time. Methot averaged 22:40 in ice time in 45 regular season games.

MacArthur and Methot’s injuries are in addition to the microfracture Mark Stone suffered in his right wrist in Game 1 of the series.

Ottawa will hold its season-ending media availability on Tuesday at which time further injury information is likely to be revealed.

PHT Morning Skate: Habs give Price the silent treatment

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Following Sunday night’s 2-0 win over the Ottawa Senators the Montreal Canadiens, led by Brandon Prust, decided to give goaltender Carey Price the silent treatment as he entered the team’s dressing room.

A Detroit-based company has found a new use for old hockey sticks. (The Hockey News)

With the Calgary Flames headed to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, rookie Sam Bennett will soon burn the first year of his entry-level contract. Wes Gilbertson writes on why the Flames aren’t worried about Bennett’s contract situation. (Calgary Sun)

Connor McDavid scored a highlight-reel shorthanded goal in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. McDavid faked a shot freezing New York Rangers’ prospect Brandon Halverson before sliding the puck in with one hand. McDavd now has seven goals and two assists through the first three games of the series and his Erie Otters lead the best-of-seven 2-1.

Here’s a look inside the Minnesota Wild room following their 4-1 series-clinching win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday:

Price makes 43 saves as Senators’ magical run ends in controversy

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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.

Video: Fast whistle costs Senators potentially critical goal

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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.

WATCH LIVE: Today’s Stanley Cup playoff action

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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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