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Craig Anderson made 33 saves and Cory Conacher scored twice on a shaky Peter Budaj as the Ottawa Senators advanced to the second round of the playoffs Thursday night with a 6-1 rout of the Montreal Canadiens.
Ottawa took the best-of-seven series 4-1 and put a punctuation mark on its dominance in moving on for the first time since 2007, when the Senators lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Anaheim Ducks.
The victory gives Ottawa time to rest up and heal bruises from the physical series before the conference semifinals begin next week.
Zack Smith, Kyle Turris, Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Condra also scored for Ottawa, underdogs as the seventh seed in the East, but bolstered down the stretch by the return of top players on defense Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowan.
P.K. Subban scored for injury-struck Montreal.
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The Ottawa Senators are pretty happy that they're advancing to the second round. Perhaps they are all a bit too excited as the team's official Twitter account proudly claimed that they are the first team to advance to the second round of the playoffs. There's just one problem - San Jose advanced to the second round by sweeping the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night...
There's never been a set timeline for the return of Ottawa Senators star center Jason Spezza after his back surgery in January, but it appears that the club could be getting him back for their Round 2 matchup (against a to-be-determined foe). According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Sens GM Bryan Murray has confirmed that Spezza is practicing with a group called the ...
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The Ottawa Senators earned themselves a day off after a five-goal, series-clinching victory in Montreal on Thursday night.
But, that didn't stop Ottawa GM Bryan Murray from creating quite the buzz on the Team 1200 late Friday morning.
Jason Spezza, out of commission since late-January, has finally returned to competitive skating...
Hey, mom, look at me.
That's how Ottawa coach Paul MacLean felt after his Senators eliminated Montreal with a 6-1 victory Thursday night for a 4-1 series win.
''We just beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs,'' MacLean said. ''I mean, to me that's huge. I'm going to call my mom and say we finally beat her team.''
by Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
If teams hadn’t gotten the point yet, they’re certainly getting it now: Don’t doubt the Ottawa Senators, at any cost. Montreal is learning this lesson the hard way. Through four games, the historic Habs are down three games to one to a team that was discarded as a hodgepodge of minor league have-nots during the regular season and then again as cobbled...
With a stirring comeback victory, the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 (OT) in the Eastern Conference playoffs Tuesday in Ottawa to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Kyle Turris' shot from the sideboards at 2:32 in overtime slid past Canadiens backup goaltender Peter Budaj to give the Senators an improbable win -- where they rallied from a 2-0 deficit in...
The Ottawa Senators are on the brink of advancing in the NHL playoffs, yet according to coach Paul MacLean they are fearful.
The Senators have a 3-1 lead over the archrival Canadiens heading into Game 5 Thursday night in Montreal. MacLean has done his best to deflect attention from his players during the emotional series, and Wednesday afternoon was no different.
MacLean is doing...
Coaches often preach that the process matters just as much as the result. The Ottawa Senators are more focused on the latter, as they move on to greener pastures of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but for the Montreal Canadiens, the process they undertook since January set them ahead in their plans to build a Stanley Cup contender.
Michel Therrien took the Habs from 15th to 2nd place...
The Montreal Canadians were dealt another blow today, with goalie Carey Price now being ruled out for the remainder of the series between the Canadians and the Ottawa Senators. Goalie Peter Budaj will step in to try and stop the bleeding. This is a must win situation for Montreal and the cards appear to be stacked against them.
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No offense to Peter Budaj, but Montreal has no hope without Carey Price between the pipes. He was terrific before he went down. #HabsDown.
The Isles are like a bad rash -- they just won't go away. They haven't figured out they're supposed to lose to the Penguins. Andrew MacDonald will be hard to replace, though...
The Habs will have to rely on Peter Budaj to win 3 games in a row...
Carey Price will not return in the series against Ottawa due to a lower body injury.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) May 9, 2013