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The line of Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk was Montreal's best unit Friday night against Ottawa.

The line produced 16 of the Habs' 42 shots on net and was buzzing around the Senators' net all night long. It also was responsible for the overtime winning marker. With Max Pacioretty back in the lineup alongside David Desharnais, the Canadiens are a dangerous team.
Apr 18 - 10:07 AM

Carey Price made 29 saves in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over Ottawa in game two of their first round series.

Carey Price allowed the first goal of the game for the second straight game, but the Canadiens were able to battle back and win the game. Price made several big saves in the game, but none was better than the stop he made on a Mika Zibanejad partial breakaway in regulation. Montreal now has a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Game three will take place in Ottawa on Sunday evening.
Apr 17 - 10:27 PM

Alex Galchenyuk scored the overtime winner in Friday's 3-2 win over Ottawa.

The Canadiens failed to close the game out in the final minutes of the third period, but end up with the win regardless. Max Pacioretty tied the game at one in the second period, while P.K. Subban gave Montreal a 2-1 lead later on in the period. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond will likely want Galchenyuk's goal back. Montreal now has a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. Game three will take place in Ottawa on Sunday night.
Apr 17 - 10:12 PM

Max Pacioretty will indeed play in Game Two on Friday night against the Ottawa Senators.

And with that, the Montreal Canadiens have their top scorer back in the lineup. Pacioretty has five goals and 11 points in 21 career playoff games, however he's gone pointless in four games and 13 shots in the playoffs versus Ottawa.
Apr 17 - 6:53 PM

Defensemen Sergei Gonchar, Greg Pateryn, Mike Weaver and forward Manny Malhotra will be healthy scratches for Game Two against the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Suffice it to say, that Gonchar may have the most potential value of the bunch and he's played just once since March 12th. We'd like to give you more details, but the hard truth is that if you don't play, you don't have any value.
Apr 17 - 6:34 PM

Max Pacioretty (upper body) will take part in Friday's pregame warmups.

Although Pacioretty was originally described as a game-time decision, he's very likely to end up playing in Friday's contest against Ottawa. It would be his first game since April 5.
Apr 17 - 6:28 PM

Carey Price will get the start in Game Two on Friday night against Ottawa.

Price was good, but his usual stellar self against Ottawa in Game One's victory as he stopped just 30 pucks. And the truth is that Price's career record versus Ottawa in the playoffs is checkered at best, allowing an average of 3.2 goals per game on just 30.6 shots per game on average over five games. But should you start Price tonight? Yes. Unequivocally yes you should start the likely 2014-15 Vezina and possibly Hart Trophy winner.
Apr 17 - 5:31 PM

P. A. Parenteau (upper body) will not be available for Friday's game against Ottawa.

Parenteau sustained the ailment in Game 1 of the first round series. He had eight goals and 22 points in 56 contests in the regular season.
Apr 17 - 2:39 PM

Max Pacioretty (upper body) is expected to be a game-time decision on Friday.

Pacioretty missed Montreal's playoff opener because of the injury. He had 37 goals and 67 points in 80 contests in the regular season. If he can play, it might be on a line with David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly.
Apr 17 - 12:34 PM

P.K. Subban added more fuel to the fire on Thursday when he spoke to the media about his slashing incident in Game 1 on Ottawa forward Mark Stone.

"I've been slashed a lot harder than that," Subban said. "I don't think it was that hard. I didn't even really look at where I was putting my stick but (by) the same token, the ref's standing right there, it's not a smart play. I can look at everybody else and point fingers but it's on me. I made the decision to slash him there. So I got the penalty and hurt my team." Subban's slash resulted in a microfracture and ligament damage to Stone's wrist. The Senators were unhappy with the play, but the onus will be on them to stay disciplined in Game 2.
Apr 17 - 9:43 AM

Max Pacioretty (upper body) skated with David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly during Thursday's practice.

Coach Michel Therrien was encouraged by what he saw, but Pacioretty still hasn't been cleared to return to game action. An update on his status is expected to come Friday and there's a chance that he could be ready for Game 2.
Apr 16 - 2:44 PM

P. A. Parenteau sustained an upper-body injury in Wednesday's playoff opener.

He is considered day-to-day at this time. Parenteau picked up three shots in 12:13 of ice time in Game 1's 4-3 win over Ottawa.
Apr 16 - 2:40 PM

Tomas Plekanec got his first goal of the postseason on Wednesday.

He gave Montreal a brief 2-1 lead in the second period. There were a flurry of goals in the second stanza and the Canadiens ended up with four to Ottawa's two to earn a 4-3 victory. Plekanec was credited with three shots and three hits in the match. His only blemish on the night was losing 18 of the 25 faceoffs he took.
Apr 16 - 11:09 AM

Torrey Mitchell scored Montreal's first goal of the playoffs on Wednesday in a 4-3 win over Ottawa.

He got the Canadiens on the board early in the second period. Mitchell didn't have a goal in 14 games with his new team during the regular season, but he made an impact in Game 1 from the fourth line alongside Brandon Prust and Brian Flynn. The trio accounted for two goals and three assists in the match.
Apr 16 - 11:04 AM

P.K. Subban won't be facing supplemental discipline for his slash on Ottawa's Mark Stone.

NHL discipline chief Stephane Quintal feels the major for slashing was sufficient enough. Subban was tossed from Montreal's 4-3 victory at the 8:23 mark of the second period.
Apr 16 - 10:53 AM

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