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.
Clarke MacArthur, who didn’t play a shift in the second half of Game 5, will be in the Sens’ lineup for Game 6 tonight.
MacArthur told reporters this morning that he “hyper-extended” his “lower body injury” and felt it was best to sit out the second half of Ottawa’s 5-1 win.
The 30-year-old has two assists in the five games while averaging 15:03 in time on ice.
MacArthur had one hit and played 9:09 on Friday night. He did not play after a 20 second shift at the 7:15 mark of the second period.
Puck drop at the Canadian Tire Centre is at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
When the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens in five games back in the 2013 playoffs, goaltender Craig Anderson played a big role. Could he top that in their current first round series?
He’s certainly giving Montreal a reason to be concerned as he turned aside 45 of 46 shots in Ottawa’s 5-1 victory Friday night. This is the second straight time that Anderson has thwarted the Canadiens’ attempt to advance as he also earned a 28-save shutout in Game 4.
Anderson first came into the series for Game 3 and nearly kept the Senators from falling behind 3-0 in the series by kicking out 47 of 49 shots in that contest.
If there was one big difference between this contest and Anderson’s previous efforts though, it’s that Ottawa was able to provide him with plenty of support. Bobby Ryan ended his 16-game goal scoring slump while captain Erik Karlsson and forward Erik Condra each found the back of the net for the first time in this series. However, it was 24-year-old Patrick Wiercioch that netted what proved to be the game winner:
The one major setback for Ottawa was that Clarke MacArthur sustained a lower-body injury and didn’t play in the third period as a result.
That obviously hurts the Senators, but they now have the momentum and the series is heading back to Ottawa. Montreal won’t have much time to regroup as Game 6 is set for 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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Ottawa needed a 21-3-3 run to make the playoffs and throughout that stretch, most of the praise for the Senators’ turnaround was focused on goaltender Andrew Hammond. He certainly was a big part of the their success, but he wasn’t the sole cause of that incredible run. Others stepped up for Ottawa as well during that stretch and the Senators similarly need to provide current starting goaltender Craig Anderson with more support going forward if they going to pull off a second unlikely comeback.
“We’ve kind of been a one line scoring team over the past five or six games. We need some help,” Senators forward Erik Condra said, per the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.
Rookie Mark Stone has three points in the playoffs, Clarke MacArthur has found the back of the net twice, and Mika Zibanejad has a goal and an assist. That covers the full range of Ottawa forwards with at least two points in the first round.
Kyle Turris, who had 35 points in 36 contests after the All-Star break, has been held off the scoresheet for two straight games. Then there’s Bobby Ryan; a 28-year-old forward with four 30-plus goal seasons on his resume and the owner of a seven-year, $50.75 million contract that kicks in next season. He doesn’t have a point yet in this series.
“(Ryan) had some poise tonight, so it was good to see,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said in defense of his player, per the team’s website.
Still, Ottawa needs more out of Ryan. The Senators have tied their future closely to him with that contract. With that in mind, he’ll be one of the key players looked at to be the hero in Game 4.
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.