Game 5 went pretty well for the Sens so we broke down 5 stats from that contest prior to Game 6 tonight at Canadian Tire Centre.
It's no secret that Bobby's been in a slump, in fact, he's openly admitted that in every interview he's done for the past month. So while it may not have been pretty, Ryan's 2 goals gave him a jolt of confidence that he'd been missing.
After his first shot trickled past Price (above), Bobby reverted back to being creative and taking some chances with the puck on his stick. What's interesting to note is that Ryan's ice-time was actually decreased in Game 5 compared to his playoff average. Head coach Dave Cameron elected to play his checking lines as the game went on to help protect the multi-goal lead after the first period.
Not only did Bobby open the scoring on Friday but he finished it as well as the Sens 5th goal was switched to Ryan after further review.
It will be interesting to see how the recently re-united line of Hoffman-Zibanejad-Ryan responds in Game 6.
Coming off a 28 save shutout in Game 4, Craig Anderson was looking to build on that momentum as they team took to the ice at the Bell Centre for yet another elimination game. How did Andy follow his perfect performance? By being nearly unbeatable again.
Anderson faced 46 shots in Montreal and besides a point shot that deflected off Bobby Ryan early in the third period, he was great again.
Anderson currently leads all starting goalies in save percentage (.976%) and goals against avaerage (0.95) in the playoffs.
Ok, I lied a bit. I said that all the stats would be from Game 5 and that's not entirely true. Patrick Wiercioch did score last game (below) and that's why I was planning on highlighting him but he has been so good through the first 5 games of this series it'd be criminal not to look at his playoffs as a whole so far.
- Tied for the team lead in points with 4
- Tied for the team lead in goals with 2
- Tied for the team lead in powerplay points with 3
- Leads the team in shooting percentage at 25%
- Second on the team in powerplay ice-time
Zack Smith returned to the Sens line-up for Game 4 in place of David Legwand and if Dave Cameron was looking for some increased physicality, he got it from Smith in Game 5. Smith was credited with 10 hits in the game, 4 more than any other player on either team.
Smith's forechecking was such an asset last game that his line actually saw more ice-time than Mika Zibanejad's. Now we addressed that a bit earlier as the Sens were protecting a lead but it's interesting to see how the minutes change based on the score. Speaking of minutes...
If you follow our gameday projected line-ups, you've probably noticed that we moved Michalek down and Hoffman up...
The coach re-united the Hoffman-Zibanejad-Ryan line early in Game 4 and they were deployed together for the entirety of Game 5 as well. In many ways, it looked like Michalek may be the odd man out and now found himself on more of a "checking line" with Smith and Chiasson but in fact, Milo ended up being used more like a relief pitcher.
When Clarke MacArthur was forced out of the game in the later part of the second period, Dave Cameron looked down his bench and saw a top 6 winger in waiting. Michalek's ice-time in Game 5 was over 2 and a half minutes more than his playoff average (and nearly DOUBLE what he saw in Game 4) and he actually lead all forwards in TOI with 19:03. His double duty also caused him to lead the Sens in shifts taken in the third period of Game 5 with 11.
Game 6 is set for tonight with the puck dropping at 6 p.m. in Ottawa and for more info on tonight's game, check out the Game Preview here.