Bring on the Senators!

There will be an all-Canadian matchup in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it’s not the showdown many hockey fans had been anticipating.

The prospect of a Montreal-Toronto clash disappeared Sunday night when the Ottawa Senators beat the Bruins 4-2 in Boston. That result, coupled with the Canadiens’ 4-1 win over the Leafs Saturday night, gave the Canadiens first place in the Northeast Division and the No. 2 overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

That means Montreal will play Ottawa in a best-of-seven series that opens Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Game 2 will be Friday night at the Bell Centre, before the series shifts to Ottawa for Game 4 on Sunday and Game 5 on Tuesday, May 7. Those games will all start at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 will be on Thursday, May 9 at the Bell Centre, Game 6 is slated for Saturday, May 11 in Ottawa and Game 7 on Sunday, May 12 at the Bell Centre.

Complete first-round playoff schedule.

The Canadiens had a 2-1-1 record against the Senators in the regular season. This will be the first playoff meeting between the two teams since the Senators returned to the NHL in 1992. The Canadiens head into the playoffs on a two-game winning streak after beating Winnipeg 4-2 on Thursday before defeating the Leafs.

The other first-round matchups in the Eastern Conference are Pittsburgh vs. the New York Islanders, Toronto vs. Boston and Washington vs. the New York Rangers.

The Bruins enter the playoffs having lost seven of their last nine games (including one overtime loss and another in a shootout) and Sunday’s game was their sixth in eight nights. The Leafs have lost four of their last six games. The Bruins and Leafs haven’t met in the playoffs since 1974, when Boston won in a first-round sweep.

 The first round matchups in the Western Conference are Chicago vs. Minnesota, Anaheim vs. Detroit, Vancouver vs. San Jose and St. Louis vs. Los Angeles.

The Canadiens will practice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard.

(Photo by Allen McInnis/The Gazette)

Senators beat Boston for Habs matchup, montrealgazette.com

It’s Montreal vs. Ottawa, by Pat Hickey

Get ready for a 417 playoff matchup, by Jack Todd

The field is set for first round, NHL.com

Canadiens vs. Senators series preview, NHL.com

 Sports psychologist put Eller on right track, by Dave Stubbs

Top 25 photos from 2012-13 season, canadiens.com

Most Memorable Moments Against the Senators, canadiens.com

Habs playoff fever heats up with “Bring the Cup Home”, by Stu Cowan

Ten players to watch in NHL postseason, montrealgazette.com

728 Comments

  1. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Time for Carey Price to step up and outplay Craig Anderson.

  2. sheds88 says:

    Thursday is fine, extra time to rest up !

  3. otter649 says:

    Ottawa/Montreal – Game 1 & 2 Thursday & Friday Nights per Sportsnet…..

  4. Chuck says:

    If I were the Leafs, I’d call up Komisarek and start him against the Ruins just for s#%ts and giggles.

  5. AceMagnum says:

    Kings and Habs in the final

    I had the dream again!

  6. otter649 says:

    On tv they showed Cam Neely just after the game ended it looked like he took a Subban slapshot to the balls he could barely move & like he was going to be sick…..

  7. Say Ash says:

    I’m looking forward to a fine series from Timo, whose wife is from Ottawa.

  8. thorandresson says:

    wow 94% of people think we beat the Sens, I think they’ll be a pretty tough out, they’re a really well coached team, it’ll be a very tough series

  9. blu3chip says:

    We have a very good team, but admittedly quite a long way from the best in the league (at least on paper).

    If we are going deep into this playoffs, we need some world class goaltending.

    That would be Price, proving he is Canada’s new #1 goalie.

    Or… maybe Budaj will pull another Halak.

  10. vancouverite says:

    After really thinking about it, I think the Habs got the best matchup possible.
    - ISL is a young team with lots of firepower, and they have some veterans that can do the job in the playoffs… plus they havent been in the playoffs for so long that, despite lack of playoff experience for youngsters, they’re going to be firing on all cylinders CAUTION: Tavares. Hopefully they beat the PENS like in 93.
    - TOR will play a bruising style, so good thing they fell against the Broons, that way they can destroy each other. Hopefully TOR in 7.
    - NYR is a very good hockey team with offensive stars and defensive studs that will get the job done. They may have under performed this year, but i dont doubt that Torts will get them going as soon as playoffs start.

    • donmarco says:

      I’m picking the Rangers to upset the Capitals. Wouldn’t want to face them, and the angst associated with the Leafs would have been doubly stressful, but not sure the Islanders are too much of a threat.

  11. Mattyleg says:

    Well, I’m into the Senators ticket-sales, and I can get a pair of game 4 tix for $122. Do I do it?

    -edit- $122 each. It’s a bit steep.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. jols101 says:

    So happy we got the 2nd seed. Really nice to win the division.

    However, I think the Sens will be a tougher opponent then the Leafs would have been.

    The best thing about the 2nd seed is avoiding the Pens until the 3rd round.

  13. CHicoHab says:

    Toronto Or Boston. Will be so nice to have one of Don Cherry’s favourite teams eliminated right off the hop!!!

    “take your time and hurry up”

  14. vancouverite says:

    Habs in 5 :
    - Win first 2 games in Montreal
    - Drop one of two games in Ottawa
    - Finish the series in Montreal, Game 5.

    Prediction:
    Series’ top goal scorer: Plekanec
    Most game winning goals: Gallagher
    Most points: Purnell-Karl Subban

  15. JohnBellyful says:

    Who has the doughier face, Julien or Carlyle?
    Did Julien do his post-game-mortem in front of a Slumpin’ Donuts backdrop?

  16. Adidess says:

    I say Habs in 6.

    It will be nuts at work over the next two weeks. By that I mean, people will chat about it around the water cooler ;-)

    It’s Ottawa we’re talking about people …

  17. roberthh14 says:

    prust vs neil game 1? ottawa has some really good charecter guys but i would take the habs for goal scoring. they are still missing spezza i beleive

  18. govenah says:

    bye bye Cherry.

    How is Jacques Martin doing after his come back to Jessica Rusnak.
    She is doing great. And the reporter who interviewed Duncan Keith is gonna do just fine.

    Defensive assignments, breakout speed, make the goalie move out of position, then shoot the puck accurately.

  19. ooder says:

    damn not looking forward to facing Anderson :s

  20. The Teacher says:

    93% confidence as evidenced by the poll that the Habs will beat the sens. My prediction. If the islanders knock off the penguins, Montreal wins the cup.

  21. JUST ME says:

    So the Habs will play only home games in the first round ! Nice !

  22. EricInStL says:

    Anyone else have the feeling Julien will not be back next year ?

  23. Danno says:

    Sens’ shitty Capital Tickets site bogged down – of course.

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  24. Mattyleg says:

    Hold on, hold on, hooooooooooooooold

    on.

    Anybody on here actually watch any Boston-Toronto games this season?
    They were like kittens rolling around in a box filled with torn up newspaper.

    Sooooooooo galdurn boring.
    Kick the crap out of each other?
    Hardly.
    Bore the crap out of everyone?
    Likely.

    -edit- Really, really (I mean, REALLY) ugly kittens, that is.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. Habilis says:

    All signs (on twitter) are pointing to us starting Thursday. Leafs-Bruins will go Wednesday.

    And it looks like we’ll have 2 back to backs:

    “Dan Kramer ‏@DanKramerHabs
    Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) is indicating #NHL will give #Habs – #Sens two back-to-backs to start series… Thurs/Fri & Mon/Tues. Weird.”

    I don’t mind that. Habs were pretty good in back to backs this year.

  26. RazzleDazzle says:

    Anyone else having trouble with audio for team 690?

  27. govenah says:

    Go Leafs Go
    Go Bruins Go…At each other!

    Defensive assignments, breakout speed, make the goalie move out of position, then shoot the puck accurately.

  28. Chilly Willy says:

    Ok so the Habs meet the Bruins in the second round. I’m cool wit dat!

  29. habsfan0 says:

    Habs in 5.
    Habs will have home ice advantage in every game.

  30. Thurston says:

    Habs in seven.
    Franky Bouillon shocks the world by scoring the series winning goal in the third period of Game 7.

  31. jon514 says:

    Gameplan Habs: Use speed. Hit Karlson at every opportunity.
    Gameplan Sens: Use speed. Hit Subban at every opportunity.

    It’s gonna be a hell of a series!

  32. Chuck says:

    Bill, Im printing that off and taping it to my refrigerator.

  33. habstrinifan says:

    Finally some real excitement in Ottawa. The hockey season here (if you’re not a habs fans) was dull dull dull. The first time I heard a GO SENS GO was Friday from some kids.

  34. blu3chip says:

    Leafs and Bruins will destroy each other.

    Leafs know very well that they don’t stand a chance against the Bruins unless they goon it up.

    Here’s hoping 7 bruising nights in the goons vs goons series.

  35. Bill says:

    Pens beat Isles
    Habs beat Sens
    Rangers beat Caps
    Leafs beat Bruins

    Rangers beat Pens
    Habs beat Leafs

    Habs beat Rangers

    Habs beat Ducks

    The Road to the Cup!!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  36. govenah says:

    CBC reaction to the Boston Toronto series….Really hope that Cherry loses it and punches himself. And McLean punches Stock or vice versa.

    Defensive assignments, breakout speed, make the goalie move out of position, then shoot the puck accurately.

  37. Mavid says:

    I may need to take up drinking..so what are your suggestions? No beer hate the stuff

  38. KenD29 says:

    now what will the TBC panel have to talk about?!! ;o)

    All About Work Ethic

  39. Danno says:

    Gooins vs Laffs demolition derby.

    Excellent!

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  40. Phil C says:

    The Habs now have home ice advantage against everyone except the Penguins, and they won’t have to play them until the 3rd round, if at all.

    Leafs and Bruins; its a shame that one of those teams has to make it to the 2nd round.

  41. Rugger says:

    Odds on finishing the Bos-Tor Series:
    Bergeron 10-1
    Kadri 8-1
    Marchand 8-1
    Kessel 5-1

    I would add suspensions for the ones putting the above out, but expecting a Bruin or Leaf to get suspended is just too much fantasy!

  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    I think the Leafs might beat the Bruins. Bruins are just horrible.

  43. AceMagnum says:

    Islanders will upset Pittsburgh clearing the way for us. It will 1993 all over again

  44. DLN-CH4Life says:

    Thursday???????

    -DLN

  45. SUMO says:

    Hey Stu,

    Suggestions for another HIO Show;

    -A playoff preview since we now know its the Sens.

    -Regular season review? Invite someone like; TSN 690′s Sergio Momesso, John Bartlett or Bobby Dollas, or journalists like Pat Hickey, Mike Boone or even Francis Gagnon to review the season that was before the playoffs?

    -Bulldogs season review? Invite Pat Hickey or Derek Wills the voice of the Bulldogs or do a skype interview with Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator?

    Just some ideas…..

  46. govenah says:

    Boston vs Toronto
    Who will win?

    Fearless Prediction:

    Montreal in 7.

    Defensive assignments, breakout speed, make the goalie move out of position, then shoot the puck accurately.

  47. Rudy says:

    Dumb question, but for those of us in the US and playoffs not being on Center Ice, will we be able to watch Mtl vs Ott?

  48. Mattyleg says:

    Man, I wish we were playing the Booins in the first round.

    They look brutal.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  49. Mondou6 says:

    After the past two days of failure for the Leafs and Bruins, somewhere, an enraged Don Cherry is ripping his paisley rainbow plaid suit to shreds, and Mike Milbury is sucker punching a 12 year old peewee hockey player.

  50. duffy says:

    Who will Cherry be rooting for ??

  51. mrhabby says:

    The big difference between Habs and sens is the lack of bitterness unlike Habs leafs series pure hatred…

    Congrats to Habs last to 1st who would have pegged that.

    Do not take sens lightly…Karlson is great. Excellent coaching.

  52. Habcouver says:

    Hoping Lucic beats on Kadri!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  53. Habilis says:

    So CBC gets the first 2 choices. Obviously they’re taking the Laffs-Bruins, but what will they pick next? OTT-MON or VAN-SJ?

    • ffenliv says:

      I was always under the impression that they get to choose first, once in each conference. Is that mistaken? Do they just get to choose whichever two series they want?

      Even if they can take whatever, they’ll take VAN-SJ for sure.

      • savethepuck says:

        I think they have 1st choice in East and West too, so Montreal Ottawa will most likely be on TSN

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

  54. William T Love says:

    Habs will beat Ottawa even with Ottawa having the advantage in nets.

  55. habs1992 says:

    A drink to the Canadiens oy oy o

    I support Carey Price

  56. habstrinifan says:

    OK so call me stooopid. But I remember 93 when the stars aligned. I see the same happening this year. Much earlier in the process but then again the World is a faster place.

    • HardHabits says:

      If the Islanders knock off the Pens 1st round it’ll be like stars aligning all right. I know in 1993 that match-up was the 2nd round but who cares.

  57. otter649 says:

    Rask must have a complex about winning the Big Game – 2010 up 3 to 0 against The Flyers & loses series 4-3 as well as being up 3-0 in games seven and losing the game & series 4-3 and now losing a division deciding game on home ice against Ottawa – Boston must be nervous about their goalie and his ability to win…..

    • Seps says:

      He’s a good goalie, but Julien blames him a lot which is a dumb decision for a coach. Fanbase doesn’t mind Rask, as they shouldn’t he’s a good goalie. Can’t blame that game on him.

  58. AceMagnumApril 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    Yeeeehaaa!!!

    Bruins will rout Leafs in 4

    And we shall bow out to Ottawa gracefully in 6, unless that waste of skin Price is in goal, in which case we get blitzed

    Damn we have some fine members here.

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  59. Psycho29 says:

    Congrats to Michel Therrien and ROOKIE GM Bergevin, first place in the division; second in the conference!!

    Who woulda thunk it after finishing 15th last year.

  60. port elgin says:

    Boston wanted Toronto. Cavemen vs. knuckledraggers.

    For those who enjoy garbage hockey , you won’t be dissapointed.

  61. oldandslo says:

    Bos-Tor

    goon coach vs. goon coach

  62. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK folks let me explain something to you all.

    You cannot cheer for the Bruins.

    If you want the Bruins to beat the Leafs you are cheering for Chara, Marchand, Lucic, Ferrence, Campbell (father and son), Jeremy Jacobs, McQuaid, Claude Julien.

    You’re cheering for the same team as Mike Milbury and PJ Stock.

    I mean I don’t really like Dion Phaneuf, but compared to Chara?

    • habstrinifan says:

      I wont be cheering for either. Just using the series as comic relief while we sweat out the HABS games.

    • habsfaninboston says:

      Agree.

    • ZepFan2 says:

      I’ll be cheering for them to beat the crap out of each other.

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    • Cheering for the Laffs, as the ‘Lesser of two Weevils,’ to quote Russel Crowe.

      Edit: not so much ‘cheering for’ as ‘wanting them to be brutally ravaged and just manage to get by’

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    • The Jackal says:

      I will be cheering for the Laffs to lose, not for Boston to win.

      I hope we can meet the B’s in the second round for revenge.

      Also, at least the B’s are a good team, the Laffs are so obnoxious – they don’t deserve the attention they get and the hype, their fans will just be shoving it down everyone’s throat if they even win a game in the playoffs.

      But yeah, B’s are still neanderthals and I hope they lose…. after they spank the laffs.

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  63. habsfaninboston says:

    I think the Sens will be tougher than the Lafs. The good thing is we get some much needed rest.

  64. Le Jadester says:

    Can’t wait!
    Bring on them Sens.
    We close the NE Division as Champs!

    Habs, OLE !

  65. Roy_s_WINK says:

    What a beautiful victory!!

    Let’s remember though…..we don’t hang division banners here…we are only concerned with the ones that matter!

    Let’s go Habs!!!

  66. habstrinifan says:

    Beautiful! CBC LOSES BUT nhl wins.

    Leafs-Bruins physical series for people who like that.
    Habs-Sens skating series.

    I like DonDiMarco’s take on facing the SENS.

    A)Fewer distractions… big big plus all around.
    B)There are fewer Sens trolls than Leafs trolls
    C)That Edwards guy and Julien gotta embellish their embellish schtick
    to tailor it for the Leafs. Now Kadri will know how Subban feels.
    D)Don Cherry will kiss Kadri but wont enjoy it!
    E)P.J. Stock will run out of DEPENDS.
    F)Millberry will make P.J Stock poop his pants.

    I am sure I am missing something!

  67. ProHabs says:

    Awesome, looking so forward to the Leafs and the Bruins destroying each other in the first round. Didn’t really care who the Habs played, they will beat all comers. Just wanted the 2 Goon Squads to meet in the first round.

  68. Habfan10912 says:

    From my family to yours, congratulations on our Habs team winning the North east division. From last to first. Woo hoo! :)

  69. gerrybell says:

    thank god – too risky playing the leafs. not that i we would have lost, i just couldnt risky having to listen to all the leafs fans the rest of my life if the worst occurred.

    g
    b

  70. Clay says:

    Perfect! 2nd place, and the extra days rest for our walking wounded.

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  71. otter649 says:

    Habs winner of NE Division – Sounds Good….

  72. Alvin says:

    HOW SWEET IT IS !!!!

  73. habsfan0 says:

    The Senators are playing well.
    I would have preferred the Laffs.

  74. johnnylarue says:

    I’ve searched my soul and feel confident in this: I’d rather lose to the Sens in 4 than lose to the Leafs in 7.

  75. habs_54321 says:

    wow i thought for sure it would be toronto

  76. Hey congratulations you just became the first Canadiens Super Fan of the 2013 playoffs. Tell him what he’s won Bob!

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  77. Cal says:

    He’s won a Swift Kick in the Pants, target at the discretion of the kicker.
    He’s also won the disdain of most who post here as a secondary prize.

  78. Check his profile, clearly Price stole his mamma’s heart!

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  79. I don’t see the Rangers beating the Caps. The Caps next to the Pens were lights out crazy good in April. But odd how I can see the Isle beating the Pens. Me thinks I’ll pop another 1986 Patrick Roy pez candy……….ah that’s the ticket :lol:

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  80. Timo says:

    Ooh, this discussion is going to be fun.

  81. Thomas Le Fan says:

    And hardly ever bomb the Boston Marathon while politically correct sociology students make excuses for those who do. Heh.

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

  82. HabinBurlington says:

    LOL, is this what we can expect for time filler until puck drop on Thursday? If so the fights here will make the bloodbaths of Habs/Nordiques look like Kindergarten fights.

  83. Loonie says:

    Haha. Why would you say that?


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