As the seconds ticked off the clock in the last minute of last night’s game, I turned to my friend at the bar and said, “This is one of the best Senators games that I’ve seen in quite some time.”
While the game summary accounts for the Senators and Habs combining for a whopping 236 PIMs, 7 goals, and 7 fights, what it won’t tell you is that the night culminated with the Canadiens collectively losing their minds. (Note: Ottawa’s 107 PIMs last night established a new postseason franchise record. Their previous high was 60 in an April 25th, 2006 game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.)
Here's the video of the line brawl that was sparked by Ryan White's two-handed slash across the back of Zack Smith's knee:
From P.K. Subban chewing out Max Pacioretty for a suicide pass, to the Ryan White two-handed slash, to the Rene Bourque elbow upside Conacher’s dome, to Josh Gorges screaming profanities at Paul MacLean after the latter strategically called a timeout with a minute left in a 6-1 game, to Michel Therrien stewing on the bench, Montreal’s obsession with trying to match Ottawa’s toughness is bordering on ridiculously comical levels.no comments
After the rousing events that took place in the waning minutes of game three of Ottawa's ECQF versus Montreal, it's no shocking development to see Eugene Melnyk make another appearance on the Fan 590's Prime Time Sports.
Below is a transcript of what was said, and if you want to listen to the interview in full you can do so here.
As always, my thoughts will in bold.no comments
With one disturbingly massive hit, Eric Gryba irrevocably changed the complexion of this series.
Much of the buildup heading into last night’s game focused on how this series would do wonders for this Northeast Divisional rivalry, mission accomplished on that end.
The latest has Paul MacLean’s post-game comments on who exactly was to blame (#61), prompting Brandon Prust to respond with a "He has already shown enough disrespect. I'm not going to worry about what that bug-eyed, fat walrus has to say," bomb.
By now, we’ve all certainly seen the hit and heard the various takes on the legality, intent and sheer brutality of Gryba’s hit on Habs forward Lars Eller. Opinions are pooling faster than the blood Eller left on the ice.
Nevertheless, he’s another look at the video…
*turns head, looks at the computer screen with a winced eye*no comments
(2) Montreal Canadiens 29-14-5 vs. (7) Ottawa Senators 25-17-6
Game 1: Thursday, May 2, 7pm - Ottawa @ Montreal
Game 2: Friday, May 3, 7pm - Ottawa @ Montreal
Game 3: Sunday, May 5, 7pm - Montreal @ Ottawa
Game 4: Tuesday, May 7, 7pm - Montreal @ Ottawa
Game 5: Thursday, May 9, 7pm - Ottawa @ Montreal*
Game 6: Saturday, May 11, TBD - Montreal @ Ottawa*
Game 7: Sunday, May 12, TBD - Ottawa @ Montreal*
This is the matchup the team, fans, and probably the media wanted. Despite beating Boston at home in game 48 I'm not sure any Senator supporter wanted the Bruins, and another first-round exit at the hands of the Penguins would have been a real lousy way to go out. Both Ottawa and Montreal like to have the puck, and play with skill ie. hockey. Should be a fun series.no comments