This is starting to get interesting.
Thanks to the Senators’ convincing 5-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 5 Friday, the first-round series between Montreal and Ottawa that was on the verge Sunday of being a Habs sweep is now very much a battle that could end with either side emerging victorious. Sure, it was clearly an off-night for Canadiens star goalie Carey Price, who allowed five goals on 25 shots; and sure, Montreal dominated the shot-counter, outshooting the Sens 46-25. But Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson was once again superb between the pipes, and the Senators got big contributions from some their two highest-paid players – Bobby Ryan had a pair of goals, and superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson added his first goal of the 2015 post-season – to beat the Habs in Montreal, something they couldn’t do in Games 1 or 2.
So now we have a Game 6, early Sunday evening before what promises to be a delirious crowd of Sens fans at Canadian Tire Centre. And if Ottawa can manage to pull off their third straight win, we’ll have a seventh and deciding showdown back at the Bell Centre. And anyone who has been following the Sens since they began their miraculous drive from the basement of the league to a playoff spot should see the way this series is playing out as a perfect representation of what GM Bryan Murray’s team is all about: they don’t take the easy route to success, but they also don’t quit in the face of long odds and the brink of failure. Read more