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Gameday Five: Senators vs. Canadiens - Round 1, Game 2

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Senators trail the Canadiens 1-0 in their opening round Stanley Cup Playoff series and we examine 5 of the most interesting stat-based storylines from Game 1.

1. Sens Powerplay

There's been a lot of talk about penalties after Wednesday's game (for obvious reasons) but I think it's important to keep in mind that these infractions ultimately result in opportunity. The Sens powerplay may have struggled early but did show some signs of life when it mattered. Ottawa finished 2 for 5 on the man advantage in Game 1 and that included a fairly long 5-minute major to P.K. Subban for his vicious slash on Mark Stone. In fact, both the Sens goals were scored on that powerplay. Have a look below...

The Senators registered 7 powerplay shots in Game 1 and Erik Karlsson and Patrick Wiercioch assisted on both of the special teams goals. The downside to that fruitful powerplay? They gave up a shorthanded tally as well.

2. Time On Ice

The bench seems to get a little shorter in the playoffs and last night was no different. Erik Karlsson finished the regular season 3rd in the league in TOI/game at 27:15 while Montreal's P.K. Subban was 6th at 26:12. Obviously Subban's numbers were going to take a hit thanks to his ejection so it was interesting to see how the numbers shook out. The Sens leaned heavily on their captain and as a result, his defense partner Marc Methot as well.

Here are each team's TOI leaders from last night...

Ottawa Senators

  1. Erik Karlsson - 30:55
  2. Marc Methot - 26:55
  3. Kyle Turris - 21:03

Montreal Canadiens

  1. Jeff Petry - 24:39
  2. Tom Gilbert - 24:39
  3. Andrei Markov - 23:03

3. Goalies

Leading up to this series, there's was a lot of talk about goaltending. I even did it the other day in this exact feature...

Fans were probably expecting a bit of a goalie duel but that's not what we got in Game 1. Now it's not to say that either netminder played poorly, in fact each showed moments of brilliance throughout the game but they didn't appear like their normal, unbeatable selves. Here are their stat-lines from last night...

Andrew Hammond: 39 shots against, 35 saves, .897 save percentage, 4 goals against

Carey Price: 33 shots against, 30 saves, .909 save percentage, 3 goals against

On save percentage alone, each goalie significantly under-performed based on their regular season averages (.941 for Hammond and .933 for Price).

4. That Second Period

If you were following along on social media during the series opener, you probably saw a lot ALL CAPS during the second period. For example:

6 of the 7 goals where scored during the second period including Montreal's 4 for the evening. During a span of 4:43, 5 goals where buried and the Canadiens had 2 of them just 15 seconds apart. Both teams combined for 36 shots in the period which represented half of all the shots in the entire game last night.

5. Puck Control

We talked a little bit about takeaways in reference to Mark Stone before Game 1, mainly how he ended the season tied for the NHL lead. Well in Wednesday's game, the Sens could have benefited from a healthy Stone for 60 minutes as they had some issues in that department. They registered just 4 takeaways to Montreal's 10.

On the flip side, Ottawa did a slightly better job taking care of the puck when it was on their sticks as they were credited with 10 giveaways compared to 15 by the Canadiens. Unfortunately for the Sens, Cody Ceci's second period giveaway resulted in this...

Game 2 is set for tonight with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. in Montreal and for more info on tonight's game, check out the Game Preview here.

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