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Thursday, May 2, 2013



OTT:   E. Karlsson (17:25 - 1st) , J. Silfverberg (03:27 - 3rd) , M. Methot (05:20 - 3rd) , G. Latendresse (13:55 - 3rd)
MTL:   R. Bourque (13:09 - 2nd) , B. Gallagher (PPG, 14:08 - 2nd)

OTT: C. Anderson (W)
 MTL: C. Price (L)

          Earlier tonight in Montreal, the Canadiens were playing Game 1 of the 2013 Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators. For the first time since 2008 Montreal are favorites to win the series. 17 minutes into the first, Turris centred the puck to Karlsson and he tipped the puck past Price to make it 1-0 Ottawa.  The shots in the first were 14-12 Montreal. In the second the Habs came out firing. They were taking shots from every angle but they couldn't beat Anderson until the 13 minute mark when Rene Bourque scored on a rap around to tie the game.

        A few seconds after that, Diaz had the puck behind the Habs net and he played a sucide pass up the middle to Eller and he was struck in the face by Eric Gryba. He was down and out. Eller left the game with an upper-body injury and Gryba was given a 5 minute major penalty for interference and was kicked out of the game. On the powerplay, Plekanec centred the puck to Gallagher and he scored to make it 2-1 Montreal after 2. The shots in the second were 27-7 Montreal. 3 minutes into the third, Silfverberg had the puck on the right wing and he slapped a shot past Price to tie the game.

       2 minutes later, Alfredsson played the puck to Methot at the point and he one-timed a shot past Price to make it 3-2. Latendresse would add a late goal as the Senators steal game 1 with a 4-2 win. In the loss, Price made 27 saves. In the win, Anderson made 48 saves and practically won the game for Ottawa."What can you say? Andy's our MVP," said defenceman Marc Methot."He's a machine back there. He just keeps going and going. We're lucky to have him in the net." The only way I can see Ottawa win the series is if Anderson plays as well as former Hab, Yaro Halak did in the 2010 playoffs.

      Halak had several 40 save performances in the 2010 playoffs along with a 50 save performance that lead Montreal to the conference finals. Anderson made 48 saves tonight and will need to keep this up if the Senators will win the series."You just have to give your team an opportunity to stay in the game and win," said Anderson,."Montreal played a really good second period. They had a lot of momentum. Our penalty kill did a good job of finding a way to keep them to one goal and give us a chance to get back in the game. We went from having no momentum in the second and taking momentum back in the third."

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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