For three straight games, Ottawa has taken a 1-0 lead over Montreal. The Senators couldn’t capitalize on that edge in the first two contests of this first round series though. For a while it looked like Game 3 might be different and while the Senators still have a chance, this one will have to be settled in overtime.
In the midst of a scramble in front of the Senators’ net, Brandon Prust successfully knocked the puck to a wide open Dale Weise, which resulted in Senators goaltender Craig Anderson being in a bad position for the shot:
Anderson, who last played on March 29 and hasn’t won since March 8, has been very effective in this contest. Through 60 minutes he’s turned aside 39 of 40 shots. However, Ottawa hasn’t been able to take full advantage of his stellar play thus far.
The Senators are already down 2-0 in this series, so the stakes are high for them going into overtime.
Erik Karlsson recorded an assist on the Ottawa Senators’ opening goal, but the offensive defenseman has also been a big factor without the puck. He’s been throwing his body around all game, including his big open ice hit on Montreal Canadiens blueliner Nathan Beaulieu, which you can see below:
The Senators captain has been credited with six hits through 40 minutes of play. That’s more than he had in any regular season contest in 2014-15. He’s not alone in playing a physical game though as Ottawa has recorded 46 so far, including nine from Chris Neil.
Down 2-0 in the series, Ottawa has a 1-0 lead going into the third period of Game 3.
Update: Although Beaulieu initially stayed in the game, he didn’t take a single shift in the third period.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau will be a healthy scratch tonight when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Ottawa Senators for Game 3.
Parenteau missed Game 2 on Friday due to an upper body injury.
Following the club’s morning skate on Sunday, Michel Therrien confirmed Parenteau is available to play, but that he won’t be making any lineup changes with the Habs up 2-0 in the series.
Parenteau 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.
No word if Parenteau’s agent will be lobbying for his client’s return to the lineup.
Last month Allan Walsh took to Twitter after Parenteau was a healthy scratch in four straight games.
The move paid off as Parenteau was inserted into the Habs’ lineup in the following game.
Related: Sens turn to Anderson for Game 3
A quick look at what games will be on what channels in today’s Stanley Cup playoff action…
Capitals at Islanders, 12 p.m. ET on NBC
Goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to get the startt after missing Game 2 due to an illness. The Capitals will look to build on a 4-3 win on Friday night and take their first lead of the series this afternoon. The Islanders will once again be without defenseman Travis Hamonic due to an undisclosed injury. Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire have the call.
Predators at Blackhawks, 3 p.m. ET on NBC
The Blackhawks will also have a different Game 3 starter when their series with the Predators moves to Chicago’s Untied Center this afternoon. Head coach Joel Quenneville announced Scott Darling will make his first career Stanley Cup playoff start today. Darling made 42 saves in relief of Corey Crawford in Game 1. Meanwhile the Preds will be without captain Shea Weber for both Games 3 and 4 due to a lower body injury. Weber left Game 2 midway through the second period and did not return. Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom and Joe Micheletti will be on the call.
Canadiens at Senators, 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
The Senators have questions in goal heading into Game 3 tonight in Ottawa. After a nearly perfect 20-1-2 record and 1.79 G.A.A. in the final months of the regular season, Andrew Hammond has lost the first two games of the series with Montreal and there’s some thought head coach Dave Cameron may go with veteran Craig Anderson in goal tonight. The 33-year-old had a 1.80 G.A.A. in the Sens 4-1 series win over the Habs during the 2013 playoffs. Chris Cuthbert and Bret Hedican have the call tonight.
Canucks at Flames, 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Friday night’s Game 2 featured six fighting majors, seven game misconducts and three 10-minute misconducts – much of which occurred in the final two minutes of the Canucks 4-1 win over the Flames. Calgary’s head coach Bob Hartley was fined $50,000 as a result of the melee. The series now moves to Calgary where the Flames will host a playoff game for the first time since losing in Game 6 of the first round in 2009. Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Scott Oake have the call of Game 3.
Alex Galchenyuk was turned away on some nice chances earlier in Game 2, giving the sense that he might have been due. If so, his efforts paid off in overtime, as he scored the 3-2 OT winner to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-0 series lead against the Ottawa Senators.
One could say that the true turning point was the second period, and not just because Montreal turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.
The Habs hogged the puck in the middle frame, generating a 14-3 shot advantage while claiming that lead. The biggest highlight came on P.K. Subban’s emphatic goal.
Montreal had to bite its nails a bit thanks to some sloppy moments in the third period, however. That included some rare mental lapses by Carey Price & Co., including on Patrick Wiercioch’s tying tally.
Fair or not, one cannot help but wonder if the Senators will switch to Craig Anderson over Andrew Hammond in Game 3. “The Hamburglar” has been an out-of-nowhere success, yet goalie nods can be fickle, especially when postseason survival is on the line.
Again, Hammond might not be to blame:
The Canadiens shrugged that setback off and won it in overtime, putting the Senators’ magical season in serious danger. That said, Ottawa has been at its best when the odds have been against them, so Montreal would be wise not to take things lightly as the locale shifts to the Canadian Tire Centre.