May 3, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT
The Ottawa Senators edged the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 on Thursday, but with a quick turnaround today and all the ruggedness from last night in mind, it appears that they’re readying for a battle on Friday.
At least, that would seem to be the simplest explanation for why the team opted to replace pint-sized winger Cory Conacher with beefy forward Matt Kassian (no relation to Zack in Vancouver), according to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.
The Habs will be without some skill of their own since Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta join Lars Eller on the sidelines, so the absence of Conacher’s finesse might be less pronounced. It’s also worth noting that both Kassian and Conacher are in their first career NHL playoff series, so it’s not as if there’s a big experience edge.
- Kings’ Dustin Brown: ‘We got our [expletives] kicked’ 0
- Feeding frenzy: Sharks devour Kings to take 2-0 series lead 16
- Canadiens push Lightning to brink of elimination with 3-2 win 22
- WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks (Game 2) 0
- Bruins handle Red Wings 4-1, tie series 1-1 37
- Flyers overcome two-goal deficit to finally win at MSG 59
- NHL suspends Seabrook three games for charging into Backes 90
- MacKinnon, Avs shine against Wild, take 2-0 series lead 25
- Video: Roenick says MacKinnon is more dominant at 18 than Crosby was 28
- Blue Jackets gain first-ever playoff win, tie series with Penguins 1-1 49
- Video: Seabrook ejected for charging Backes; will face hearing (update) (148)
- Video: Lucic spears DeKeyser from behind (116)
- Flyers want to ‘punish’ McDonagh (113)
- Bad luck strikes twice: Lightning goal waved off, Stamkos takes knee to head (100)
- That’s a raise: Flyers sign MacDonald to six-year, $30 million extension (91)