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Sens Win Game #3 Over Montreal to Take 2-1 Series Lead

Well, last night, the Ottawa Senators scored a 6-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in their best of 7 series to take a 2 games to 1 lead.

But hockey was not the half of this game, oh no.

The two teams combined to take 236 minutes in penalties over the course of the game, Montreal taking 129 of those minutes to Ottawa's 107 minutes. There were so few Senators and Habs players left by the end that Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson was playing defense at the end of the game! There were a lot of fights, especially in the third period, where a sequence of around 5 or so battles were engaged in, and the Montreal Canadiens completely lost their cool in the third period with P.K. Subban absolutely losing it late in the game after what seemed to be some bad calls by the referees.

That said, the story of the game for the Senators was young rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau's first hat trick with the Senators (and in the playoffs, no less), giving him a mark of distinction: the first Senator to score a hat trick in a playoff game since Daniel Alfredsson did it - and neatly enough, it was Alfredsson who passed the puck to Pageau allowing him to get the third goal.

Ottawa played a solid hockey game, not letting the Canadiens intimidate them and pushing back when they had to, but the Habs were completely off their game, and despite some good goaltending by Carey Price in the Habs' net, they were beaten up by both themselves and by the Senators. Craig Anderson turned in a terrific performance in goal once more, out-dueling Price, and the Senators took command of the game in the third period, their power play also coming to life in this game.

The next game in the series is Tuesday night, and I have to wonder what type of game it will turn out to be. Montreal needs to play hockey in this series, not "fight night" hockey, or they're going to be out of the series sooner than planned. The Senators, for their part, have to play a disciplined game, stick to their plan, and not let Montreal beat them in the speed game. Should be an interesting tilt on Tuesday night.
Tags: nhl hockey, nhl playoffs, ottawa senators, round 1, sports hut
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