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.
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