CANADIENS @ SENATORS – Game #3 (Montreal leads series 2-0)
The Canadiens will be looking to widen their first round lead as the series shifts to Ottawa on Sunday night.
The Habs took advantage of home ice in the first two games of the series, going up 2-0 over the Sens thanks to a 3-2 overtime win on Friday night at the Bell Centre. Despite giving up the first goal for a second straight game, the home team managed to rally back with a goal by Max Pacioretty, who was back in action for the first time since suffering an upper body injury on April 5. P.K. Subban gave the Canadiens their first lead of the night 10 minutes later with a wicked slapshot that fooled Andrew Hammond, before Patrick Wiercioch tied it up with less than seven minutes to go in regulation. Alex Galchenyuk sent the crowd into a frenzy with his first game winner of the postseason, spinning and firing one through Hammond, who allowed three goals on 42 shots in the evening. Carey Price stopped 29 of the 31 Sens shots he faced on Friday.
Following his team’s practice on Sunday, Senators coach Dave Cameron confirmed that Craig Anderson will replace Hammond in goal for Game 3. Anderson has made just four starts since the end of January – winning just one – after being sidelined for several weeks with a hand injury. The Sens bench boss also indicated that Chris Neil will replace Alex Chiasson in the lineup.
After missing Friday’s practice with an upper body injury, P-A Parenteau skated with his teammates on Saturday, but Michel Therrien indicated that Parenteau’s status for Sunday’s game is still uncertain.
The Canadiens will be looking to record their first-ever playoff win on Ottawa ice on Sunday night, having left the nation’s capital with a pair of losses in the only two games they played at the Canadian Tire Centre in May 2013. In the 2014 postseason, the Habs won five of their nine road games, third among all playoff teams in that category last spring.
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