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The Senators know they missed a big opportunity.
They seized home-ice advantage from Montreal in the opener of their first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Then came a poor effort in Game 2.
Ottawa now looks to rebound when it hosts the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday night with the series 1-1.
With Max Pachioretty, Brian Gionta and Lars Eller all injured and out of the lineup for Game 2, the Senators could have come home with a 2-0 series lead. Instead, they lost 3-1.
''We had an opportunity to really take a stranglehold, so we're disappointed, but now we're home and we have to take care of our business. It's not going to be easy but we're in a position that we can control,'' Senators coach Paul MacLean said Saturday.
''I thought (the Canadiens) were harder at both nets than we were and they were consistently harder at the puck. They were better in the faceoff circle and they finished checks. So if you're better in those stats I think you're probably the team that played harder. Not that we didn't play hard, but every game in the playoffs gets a little harder and we have to make sure that we raise our level.''
Ottawa, which won the opener 4-2, is home for the next two games. Game 4 is Tuesday.
The Senators were one of the top home teams in the league during the season with a 15-6-3 record. The Canadiens went 15-7-2 on the road, fourth best overall.
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson says his club took too many penalties in Game 2 and after allowing the Canadiens to go up 3-1 late in the second period.
''Getting one game is better than getting none obviously, and it puts us in the driver's seat at home,'' Alfredsson said. ''We want to take advantage of the way we've been playing at home all year and try and take charge of this series.''
Ottawa center Kyle Turris says his team must attack more.
''More play in their end will create less time for them in our end,'' said Turris, who has one assist and five shots through the first two games. ''We have to be physical. That's something they took to us a bit in Game 2 and we're going to have to engage in that more.''
The Canadiens, for their part, will be looking for more of the same.
''We've got to stick to what made us successful last game,'' defenseman Josh Gorges said before the team departed for Ottawa. ''We've got to be a fast team. We've got to be a team that's first on pucks. We've got to push the pace.
''We're good when we keep putting pucks deep in the offensive zone and we get our cycle game going. We spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. And whether we're at home or whether we're in Ottawa, we have to have that same mentality and that same urgency.''
Senators defenseman Eric Gryba will serve the second of his two-game suspension Sunday for a hit that left Canadiens forward Lars Eller with a concussion, as well as a broken nose some lost teeth.
Gryba, who received a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct on the play, maintains the hit was clean.
''Obviously disappointed with the league's decision on that, but there's nothing I can do but move on,'' Gryba said. ''I still feel as though it was a shoulder-to-shoulder body check and a hockey play.''
The play drew comments from both teams. MacLean was accused of being disrespectful for saying Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz was to blame for feeding Eller a dangerous pass up the middle, and by referring to Diaz as No. 61 and not by name.
Canadiens enforcer Brandon Prust called MacLean a ''bugged-eyed, fat walrus.'' MacLean had some fun with that Saturday.
''Bugged eyed - I've never been called that before. That's a new one. Walrus - that's too easy. But I'll tell you one thing, I'm not fat. I might be husky, but I'm not fat,'' MacLean cracked, adding he doesn't even know who on his team is No. 61.
For the record, it's Andre Benoit.
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Lars Eller was taken off the ice on a stretcher during Game 1 of the Canadiens-Senators playoff series, and it did not look good for the Montreal center.
Eller was receiving a suicide pass from teammate Raphael Diaz when he was hit by Eric Gryba on or around his head. Gryba received a five-minute major for interference as well as a game misconduct.
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One of the most lasting images of these Stanley Cup playoffs will be Lars Ellers laying facedown in a pool of his own blood, and the Ottawa Sun isn’t going to let anyone forget about it any time soon.
The Montreal forward was hit by Ottawa’s Eric Gryba in Game 1 of a first-round series between the Canadiens and Senators that sent Eller crashing to the ice. Eller was initially...
Not the start the Habs wanted. 50 shots and nothing to show for it. 1-0 Ottawa. Terrible hit on Lars Eller, who is in hospital with a concussion, facial fractures, and is staying there overnight. It seems unlikely he'll be back in this series, given how quickly the games are being played. Look for Jeff Halpern to slot in tomorrow night, and Brandon Prust to move up with Gallagher...
Gruesome scene last night as Montreal's Lars Eller floated around in no man's land and Ottawa Senator Eric Gryba knocked him out of it.
"It's tough seeing a guy laying in a heap with blood...
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This is what happens when you’re on the wrong end of a late hit.The guy in an Olympic-sized pool of his own blood is Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens. He was minding his own business when Ottawa’s Eric Gryba decided to paint a beautiful portrait on the ice in the medium of broken nose. He also used a touch of “concussion” and heavy strokes of “making a dude faceplant...
Montreal forward Lars Eller suffered a horrifying injury after a controversial hit from Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba. In Game 1 between the Canadiens and Senators, Eller had to be helped off with a stretcher after Gryba caught him in the head with a hit that is sure to have every hockey fan playing the role of Brendan Shanahan.
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Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba could be facing a suspension from the NHL after delivering a brutal open-ice shot to Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller on Thursday night. Eller had his head down looking to receive a pass when Gryba lowered his shoulder and came barreling into him. Gryba’s shoulder wound up hitting Eller in the head and it appeared he smacked his face off...
Tempers finally boiled over between the Canadiens and Senators in Game 3. Following a horrific injury to Lars Eller and some angry comments directed toward Ottawa coach Paul MacLean, the two teams finally duked it out after Ottawa scored their fourth goal of the game to give them a commanding 4-1 lead with roughly 12 minutes left in the third period.
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The NHL has handed down its second playoff suspension in as many days, this time to Ottawa’s Eric Gryba.
Gryba was suspended two games for his hit during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday that bloodied Monteal’s Lars Eller and sent the Canadiens forward to the hospital. Gryba was assessed a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct...
"It's a clean hit with a bad result," Former NHL official Kerry Fraser. I don't believe there should be any [supplemental discipline], Fraser continued.
NHL.com -- The NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba on Friday for his hit on Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal...
Tonight during the Canadiens, Senators game a scary moment transpired when Lars Eller had to be taken off a stretcher after a huge hit by Eric Gryba. People are now debating whether Gryba deserves to be suspeneded, and right now it’s easy to say that he doesn’t deserve to be suspended. Diaz sent a pass to Eller, the puck touched his [...]
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Eric Gryba on Lars Eller...
Gryba ended up with an interference penalty and a game misconduct...
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Apparently, the front page of this morning's Ottawa Sun is causing a stir in Canada.
Today In Tastefulness: Ottawa newspaper mocks a bloodied & concussed Lars Eller on cover. (Pic) bit.ly/18yXi5Y
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Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba was suspended for two games by the NHL on Friday for his crushing hit on Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
Gryba caught Eller with his head down at the Montreal blue line Thursday night in the second period of the Senators' 4-2 victory. Eller crashed face-first to the ice, and was bleeding...