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Burgled: Habs win in OT, take 2-0 series lead vs. Sens


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.

Healthy enough: Pacioretty scores on power play

Washington Capitals v Montreal Canadiens

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:

Video: Carey Price’s great save on a fantastic Mika Zibanejad try

Carey Price, Mika Zibanejad,

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.