They Aren’t Done Yet, Ottawa Senators Take Game 5, 5-1


5. 91. Final. 1. 152


An exciting start, and a slow one for the Senators. Craig Anderson kept Ottawa in it after facing 6 shots before Ottawa recorded one at around the 11 minute mark.

Bobby Ryan scored his first in 15 games, getting Ottawa on the board. A floater that was missed by Carey Price as traffic in front of the net may have acted as a screen. For Ryan, it’s nice to see him score after a horrible career-worst slump. Patrick Wiercioch extended Ottawa’s lead on a far-out slapshot.

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Glenn Healy, who usually isn’t the voice of reason amongst Senators’ fans mentioned how the Sens tried to trade Wiercioch this season. “How many times have they tried to trade this guy?” Perhaps they’ve reconsidered as Wiercioch has proven he’s a seriveable 4th or 5th guy on this team.

The second saw some intense pressure from Montreal, especially in the middle of the period. A particularly funny sequence occurred when Dale Weise had just served his two minute penalty, all to be put into the box after Carey Price was called for puck over glass.

Ottawa finished up the period with Erik Karlsson taking a slap-shot that beat Carey Price. A favourable start through 40.

The third was a stressful one as Montreal got on the board early to reduce Ottawa’s lead to 3-1. Tom Gilbert recorded his first after Bobby Ryan accidentally tipped one by Anderson.

That would be all from Montreal. Erik Condra scored a beauty on a break-away after a horrible mistake from Andrei Markov. 4-1 Ottawa and it was Mike Hoffman in the late moments of the game potting his second career NHL playoff goal.

5-1 Ottawa, and just like that, we’ve got a series.


  • Clarke MacArthur went out with an injury, no update so far but he’s been great for the Senators thus far.
  • Mike Hoffman was fairly quiet tonight until his last minute goal.
  • Montreal has done a good job in shutting down Ottawa’s top players. Can be argued that Ottawa has done the same with Montreal’s, especially of late.
  • It’s certainly not question.. Montreal’s power play stinks.
  • The Sens cannot sit back, there are still two more games to win in this series.
  • Craig Anderson = brick wall
  • Anderson faced 82 shot attempts from Montreal, stopping 45 of the 46 shots he faced.
  • Daniel Alfredsson on hand for this one, nice to see him back with the franchise. Put aside the Hamburglar and other storylines this year, Mr. Alfredsson takes the cake.
  • 5 goals past Carey Price, that’s awesome to see. Traffic being generated and goals being the result
  • Game 6 in Ottawa. What an atmosphere that will be. Enjoy, Sens fans. The Season has been a memorable one and is not over yet.
  • Not one positive possession player on Ottawa tonight. Erik Condra the teams best with a CF differential of 0.
  • Eric Gryba, Mark Borowiecki, Marc Methot -15, -13, -10 at 5v5 tonight. Not good.

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