Senators close out Canadiens with 6-1 romp
Well, it was close for a while.
P.K. Subban's power-pplay goal trimmed Ottawa's early lead to 2-1.
Then the roof caved in.
Kyle Turris scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to begin a run of four unanswered Ottawa goals.
Daniel F. Alfredsson and Cory Conacher scored on power-plays, and Eric Condra got the sixth.
By then, many fans had left the Bell Centre.
The ones who stayed gave the Canadiens a well-deserved ovation as they stoff at centre ice, waving their sticks.
Miracle on Mountain St.?
No Carey Price.
No Brian Gionta.
No Brandon Prust.
No Lars Eller.
No Ryan White.
Your bruised and battered Montreal Canadiens face elimination Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
To the undoubted delight of Gary Bettman, four big-market American teams – the Rangers, Islanders, Blackhawks and Kings – are still very much alive in pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
But if Ottawa wins – and you have to like their chances – the Canadiens will join the Canucks and, imminently, the Leafs as Canadian teams unable to survive the first round of the postseason.
Can the Canadiens stay alive?
It may come down to the heroics of a Slovakian goaltender – which is not unprecedented in the annals of Montreal hockey.
Can Peter Budaj channel the playoff brilliance of Jaroslav Halak?
Puck drops 7:10ish. Check back later for live game blogging.
• The illustration of a zebra and his seeing-eye dog is by the brilliant Josie Gold, aka GG11.