stanley-cup-logoeastern conference nhlEastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 5

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – May 9, 20137:05pm 


Game Notes –

…..The Canadiens need to win three straight in order to advance in the playoffs. During their regular season they had two five-game winning streaks plus one of four games and another of three.

…..On the other side the Senators had losing streaks of three or more games twice during the regular season.

…..The Canadiens have been behind 3-1 in seven game playoff series seventeen times.  They’ve come back to win only twice.  In 2004 vs. the Bruins and behind Jaroslav Halak in 2010 vs. the President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals.  Only Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Travis Moen, P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Carey Price have first-hand knowledge of the 2010 series.  Only ones with memories of 2004 are Plekanec, Markov plus Francis Bouillon and Michel Ryder in their first stints with the team.

…..Teams have trailed 3-1 in a seven game series 229 times.  They have come back to win 20 times (8.7%).  Seven of those comeback wins have come in the last ten years including the two by the Canadiens.

……Ottawa is 7-0 when taking a 3-1 series lead.

…… Last year, the Senators had a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers but lost the final two games.

……..Six different members of the Canadiens have been forced out of the lineup at various times during the series because of injuries including Eller, Gionta, White, Prust, Pacioretty and Price.

…..In the series the Senators have averaged 3.50 goals per game; the Canadiens 2.00

…..Ottawa has outscored the Canadiens 9-0 in the third period of this series.  The Habs outscored the Senators 8-4 in the first two period (2-1 in the 1st;   7-2 in the second)

…..Special teams have not been remarkable.  The Canadiens power play at 14.3%  the Senators 15.0%.

……The Canadiens have been shorthanded 20 times and have been scored upon 3 times.  Ottawa has allowed 2 goals in 14 shorthanded situations.

…..The Canadiens have outshot the Senators 36.5 to 31.2  and have won 52.3% of the faceoffs.

…..P.K. Subban leads everyone in this year’s playoff with 29 penalty minutes (Ryan White second at 23 and the Islanders Travis Hamonic and Ottawa’s Jared Cowen with 19)  Subban has put the Canadiens shorthanded seven times, also leading the playoffs.   (White and Toronto’s Colton Orr have 4 minor penalties.   The line on Subban – 29 PIM – seven minor, 1 major, 1 misconduct)

…..With the exception of his two minutes in Game Four, Peter Budaj’s last playoff appearance was April 22nd, 2010 forfColorado.  After Craig Anderson (yes…that Craig Anderson) was pulled, with 9 minutes remaining in the game, Budaj stopped 3 of 4 shots in a 5-0 loss to Detroit.

…..Prior to game four of this series, 3 of Peter Budaj’s playoff appearances came in relief of Jose Theodore during the losing 2008 losing series against Detroit. ( April 24 – 38 minutes shutout hockey after Theodore gave up 4 in a 4-3 loss.  April 29  30 minutes –stopped 19 of 20 shots in 5-1 loss.  May 1st 40 minutes in 8-2 loss to Detroit.)

…..26 year old right wing Michael Blunden will play in his first career playoff game.

…..Michael Bournival has also been asked to take part in the pre-game warmup.  If he is in the lineup, it will mark his NHL debut and the Canadiens could have four rookies in their lineup, all of them in their first year in professional hockey.  In 69 games at Hamilton Bournival had 10 goals and 20 assists and finished one point behind Gabriel Dumont and Nathan Beaulieu for the team scoring lead.

…..Rene Bourque has two goals in the series.  Prior to his arrival in Montreal his career playoff total was one,  in five games with Calgary.

…..Tomas Plekanec is tied with P.K. Subban for most playoff shifts at 116.  He is by far the team leader among forwards with an average of 21.13 ice time (Desharnais is nest at 17.11).  He leads the Canadiens in faceoff percentage at 57.6. He has won 47 of 83.  Over all he is minus-3.

…..At minus-6, Brendan Gallagher and Minnesota’s Zack Parise share the distinction of having the worst plus/minus record in this year’s playoffs among 325 skaters.

…..Only three Canadiens are on the plus side; Jeff Halpern (plus-2 in two games), Michael Ryder and David Desharnais at plus-1.

…..Robert Mayer will be the backup goaltender in what may be his final appearance with the Canadiens organization.  Mayer has signed a two year contract with Biel/Bienne of the Swiss National League.  Mayer was born in Czechoslovakia but is a Swiss citizen.

Who’s Hot:  Ottawa  Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with 3 goals, all in game three.  Kyle Turris- two goals and an assist last two games. Daniel Alfredsson – 1 goal three assists last two.  Erik Karlsson-1 goal 4 assists in the series four games.      Canadiens – Rene Bourque only member of the Canadiens with 2 goals.   Four players with three points each, Bouruqe, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban.

Injuries – Ottawa – D-Patrick Wioercioch (lower body); C-Jason Spezza (back); C-Mike Hoffman (upper body).     Canadiens – C-Lars Eller (concussion-broken nose); Brian Gionta (torn biceps); LW-Brandon Prust (ribs/shoulder); C-Ryan White (upper body); Carey Price (lower body); D-Alexei Emelin (knee).


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