Is Max Pacioretty really 100 percent in Game 2? One could probably argue that few players are truly “healthy” at this point in the year, but either way, the Montreal Canadiens winger made an impact tonight.
Maybe it’s a goal that Ottawa Senators sensation Andrew Hammond would like back, but either way, Pacioretty found the net to tie things up 1-1 (for now):
Update: The bigger Habs highlight came when P.K. Subban scored this impressive slap-shot goal:
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.
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?
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.
Montreal will definitely be without one of their top-10 scorers tonight in Game 2 against Ottawa, as P.A. Parenteau has been ruled out with an upper-body injury.
The Habs might be without a second as well.
Max Pacioretty, who missed Game 1 with a lingering ailment from the regular season, is questionable for tonight’s tilt. The Habs’ leading goalscorer this season with 37 tallies, Pacioretty did participate in today’s morning skate.
“He had a good practice yesterday, and this morning I know he felt really good,” head coach Michel Therrien told reporters on Friday. “But I can’t confirm if he’ll be there tonight or Sunday.”
Parenteau, who had 22 points in 56 games this year, had been playing on a line with Devante Smith-Pelly and David Desharnais. The trio went scoreless in Wednesday’s win over Ottawa.