SENATORS @ CANADIENS – Game #5 (Montreal leads the series 3-1)
The Canadiens get another opportunity to eliminate the Senators on Friday, this time at home for Game 5 at the Bell Centre.
On Wednesday in Ottawa, Craig Anderson stopped all 28 shots he faced to blank the Habs and send the series back to Montreal. Mike Hoffman was the game's lone goalscorer, beating Carey Price with a wrist shot midway through the third following a turnover.
Hoffman’s goal marked the fourth time in as many occasions that the Senators scored first during the opening round series, this time holding onto the lead for good.
Michel Therrien hinted on Thursday that Friday’s lineup should be similar to that of Wednesday. Greg Pateryn, who had to leave Game 4 momentarily with a cut near his eye, should be back in uniform.
Senators head coach Dave Cameron meanwhile will make a single change to his lineup, replacing Chris Neil with Alex Chiasson. Anderson will be making a third-consecutive playoff start since replacing Andrew Hammond in goal after Game 2.
During the 2013 playoffs, Anderson won two of his three starts at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens currently boast a perfect 27-0 record when leading a series 3-1. The last time Montreal held a 3-1 series lead was in 2008, when the team went on to drop Games 5 and 6 before ultimately winning the series at home in Game 7.