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Game Preview: Senators @ Canadiens – Game 2

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

SENATORS @ CANADIENS – Game #2 (Montreal leads the series 1-0)

The Canadiens will be looking to take a commanding lead over the Ottawa Senators in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series on Friday night at the Bell Centre.

Michel Therrien’s troops rattled off a 4-3 win in the series-opener on Wednesday night in Montreal. Despite the absence of Max Pacioretty – and P.K. Subban for the better part of the game after being given a slashing major and a game misconduct – the Habs’ fourth line contributed plenty of offense as Brian Flynn led the charge. The American forward scored the game-winning goal in the latter stages of the second period, finishing the game with three points. For his part, Flynn’s former teammate in Buffalo, Torrey Mitchell, scored his first goal in a Canadiens uniform. Lars Eller lit the lamp with a short-handed marker, while Tomas Plekanec also managed to beat Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. It was the first time all season that Hammond had given up four goals in a single game. His counterpart, Carey Price, stopped 30 of 33 shots against to pick up the win.

Subban did not receive any supplementary discipline for his two-handed slash on Mark Stone. That means that the Canadiens’ No. 76 will be back in the lineup on Friday night. Stone’s status for the remainder of the series remains uncertain. He suffered a microfracture to his right wrist. If Stone is unable to go, Alex Chiasson should take his place on the second line and Chris Neil will likely replace him in the lineup. Neil has been sidelined for the past two months with a fractured thumb.

For the Canadiens, Pacioretty is nearing a return to active duty. The Canadiens’ sniper skated on a regular line with David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly at practice on Thursday, but he hasn’t yet received the green light from team medical staff to play.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau suffered an upper-body injury on Wednesday night. He will not play in Game 2. He is listed as day-to-day.

Following Friday’s game, the two teams will head to Ottawa where the third game of the series will be played on Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

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