Canadiens @ Senators – Game 6 (Montreal leads series 3-2)
The Canadiens will be looking to end the series on road ice with a trip to Ottawa for Game 6.
The Habs weren’t able to finish off their first round opponent in Game 5 at the Bell Centre, losing 5-1 to the Senators on Friday night. After Bobby Ryan, Patrick Wiercioch and Erik Karlsson helped send the visitors into the second intermission riding a three-goal lead, Tom Gilbert managed to break the goose egg early in the third, scoring his first of the postseason in the opening minutes of the final frame. The visitors weren’t about to let the gap get any smaller, adding another two goals to their total before the night ended. Carey Price, who was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy earlier on Friday evening, made 20 saves in the outing, while Craig Anderson kicked aside 45 of the 46 shots he faced.
Things got testy in the final minutes of Friday’s game after Anderson and Brandon Prust traded jabs, eventually leading to a grappling match between P.K. Subban and Eric Gryba that resulted in matching misconduct penalties to end their respective nights.
Before leaving for Ottawa, head coach Michel Therrien indicated that he may make some adjustments to his lineup in Game 6, but he will only confirm those following practice on Sunday. The Senators are expected to ice the same lineup from Friday’s Game 5 win.
If they want to clinch the series on Sunday night, the Habs will need to find a way to solve Anderson, who has been solid between the pipes since getting the call in Game 3. Following Friday’s win in Montreal, the Sens’ netminder now owns a 6-2 career record against the Canadiens in playoff games, including a 1.47 goals-against average in eight springtime starts.
The Canadiens have historically had success when leading a series 3-2. Sunday will mark the 32nd time the team has been in such circumstances, having won 28 of the previous 31 series when up 3-2. For their part, the Senators have never been able to rally back from a 2-3 series deficit.