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Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance as the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Thursday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.
Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored early in the third period and gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 2 set for Friday night at the Bell Centre.
Erik Karlsson and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Senators, who were outshot 50-31 but saw Anderson easily win the goaltending duel with Carey Price, who was beaten twice through the pads.
Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher replied for Montreal, which set a team record for shots in a regulation-time playoff game.
Montreal center Lars Eller was wheeled off on a stretcher bleeding heavily from the nose and was taken to a hospital with what the team said were head and facial injuries after he was caught with a shoulder to the face on an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.
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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson used an interesting tactic to stop a Montreal Canadiens goal during Thursday night's NHL Western Conference playoff game at the Bell Center: grabbing an opponent's stick and taking a dive after high-sticking himself with it.
It happened in the third period as the Habs were setting up their offense in the Senators zone. Canadiens...
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Thank you, Craig Anderson.
On Eklund's Hockey Buzzcast the other night, I pronounced Anderson the league's most underrated goalie. So the former Hawk netminder goes out and proves it last night with an epic 48-save performance, leading the Senators to a road win in Game 1 of their series with the Canadiens.
And I'm also up 1 in my prediction...
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The Ottawa Senators, led by goaltender Craig Anderson and Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, stole the first game of their round one series on the road against the Montreal Canadiens in thrilling fashion.
Craig Anderson stopped forty-eight of fifty Montreal shot attempts, the vast majority of which came in the first two periods of play...
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...
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The Montreal Canadiens-Ottawa Senators series has gotten chippy early in game one and Senators defenseman Eric Gryba took it to a whole other level during the second period. Canadiens forward Lars Eller got caught looking for a pass by his defenseman, and it was a total suicide pass. Eller was looking back and as he looked forward, Gryba threw a massive shoulder/elbow right to...
MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens are down a game and a key player early in their series with the Ottawa Senators.
Center Lars Eller suffered a concussion and facial fractures after taking a big hit from Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba in the second period of the Senators’ 4-2 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series Thursday night.
Eller, who was taken off on a stretcher with...
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...
On Thursday night, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean rather flippantly brushed off suggestions that Senators defenseman Eric Gryba's hit on Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller -- one that left Eller motionless and bloody on the ice -- was a dirty play.
In fact, MacLean went so far as to blame Eller's teammate, Habs defenseman Rafael Diaz, for the collision, saying:
During the second period of Game 1 between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre, Habs center Lars Eller was on the receiving end of a vicious, high hit to the head from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. Eller immediately crumpled to the ice and a pool of blood immediately began to form underneath him.
A bad zone-clearing pass from a teammate left Eller a sitting...
Check out the video. Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a big hit from Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. It happened during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference series Thursday night.
After a vicious hit by Eric Gryba on Lars Eller, the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators normally docile rivalry has escalated. Gryba earned a two game suspension for the hit, and Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Gryba shouldn’t be blamed, that Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz should be blamed for a bad suicide pass. Canadiens forward Brandon Prust didn’t...
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A longstanding rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Senators figures to escalate quickly as the two organizations meet for the first time in the National Hockey League era.
Ottawa has been a regular fixture of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket since their return in 1992, but have remarkably never drawn their divisional...
Scary moment in Game 1 of the Montreal Canadiens/Ottawa Senators series, as Lars Eller was gushing blood after a mid-ice hit by Eric Gryba. Gryba received a 5 minute major and game misconduct. The post Lars Eller Was Gushing Blood After Eric Gryba appeared first on Ride The Pine.
Daniel Alfredsson has tormented the Canadiens since he began his Ottawa Senators career in 1995, but he has never faced Montreal in the playoffs.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson will finally get that chance Thursday night when the Senators and Canadiens face off in the postseason for the first time in Game 1 of the first-round matchup.
''It's going to be a great series because...
"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...