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Discuss: Senators top Canadiens in wild Game 1

May 2, 2013, 9:56 PM EST

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People expecting a sluggish, defense-only chess match between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 were likely shocked to witness a wild affair on Thursday night. The Senators stole one 4-2 in a contest jam-packed with action.

Let’s get to the talking points:

  • So, how good is Craig Anderson? The Habs fired 50 shots on the red-hot goalie, but they could only get two pucks through him.
  • Conversely, should the Habs remain worried about Carey Price? He wasn’t outright awful, yet he did allow a goal or two that he’d like back and was out-played by the lesser-paid, less-hyped netminder on the other end.
  • Two of the best defensemen in the NHL were on display on Thursday, as P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson both enjoyed fantastic nights. If you had to pick one of the two, which one would you build your team around?
  • Important note: Game 2 of this series is on Friday. Which team has the advantage in such a short turnaround time?
  • On a similar note, which Senators player should take the spot likely vacated by Lars Eller?
  • Where does this intense game rank with the opening nights of the playoffs’ other series so far?
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  1. windmiller4 - May 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Montreal needs to figure out how to score, cause Anderson is the type of goalie that can easily steal a series. Great game to watch though, am i the only one that thought Price didn’t look on top of his game tonight?

    • valoisvipers - May 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      He hasn’t been on top of his game for quite some time now, A beach ball looks like a pea to him right now.

  2. bengalguy - May 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    It’s obvious if this series becomes about the Goaltenders……the Senators will have a HUGE advantage. Price is a mere mediocre Goalie @ best! Anderson is top 5 if not top 3. GO SENS GO!!!!

  3. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    - Really really good
    – They should be terrified, Price is a very good goalie, but he needs to be able to equal Anderson’s play, immediately, he doesn’t have a game to two get find his grove.
    – Everyone is picking Karlsson, but it’s like taking Coffey over Chelios, you’re doing ok settling for Chelios
    – Advantage Sens and it’s not close, the Montreal media is already is a frenzy and the pressure is 100% on the Habs. That and Anderson just stopped 48 pucks and looks to be in fine form.
    – Replace Eller? What do you mean, he will rub some dirty on it and be back for game 2, he’s a hockey player dammit.
    – 3rd behind the two OT games

  4. drewzducks - May 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Guess that ” win one for the Eller” speech didn’t have the intended result.

  5. cmonmanzz - May 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Except for a Chicago-Vancouver game 2 years ago in the playoffs, I’ve never seen worst officiating. 3 penalties missed (delay of game, cross check where there was no embellishment, slash on plekanec that made him loose his stick at the end of the game), 1 goal that should have counted (Anderson almost grabbed and hold on to Prust’s stick, I can’t umderstand how you can fall from a stick near your arm) and obviously, the coutless times Desharnais was thrown out of the faceoff circle. Of course Anderson played so well, and Price let in a few soft goals. What an eventful night.

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