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Habs get Pacioretty, Gionta back for Game 3

May 5, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty AP

After two rugged games in consecutive nights in Montreal, the Canadiens and Ottawa Senators have made some lineup tweaks for Game 3.

The biggest news is that Habs forwards Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta will indeed play on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Both missed Game 2 with injuries that are obviously minor enough to fight through tonight.

On the Ottawa side, some small tweaks were made. Cory Conacher takes Guillaume Latendresse‘s place in the forward group while Patrick Wiercioch boots out Andre Benoit on defense (also according to LeBrun).

Montreal won nicely in Game 2 and dominated despite losing Game 1, so one would think that they might take it to Ottawa. Still, the Senators have been scrappy and the series switches to their home ice.

The game kicks off on NBC Sports Network starting at 7 p.m. ET.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Isn’t Max the guy that just obliterated letang with a monster hit !

    • letsgopens8771 - May 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      A monster hit. You’re just saying that because a Penguin got hurt on the play. More like an Illegal hit to the head…but in case you forgot this as well, Letang came back and scored the OT winner in that game.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        Was it aided by a bogus call ?

      • letsgopens8771 - May 5, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        No, not aided by bogus call.

  2. letsgopens8771 - May 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Huge for the Habs. They need these guys. Pacioretty is a great two way player that they need in this series which is getting increasingly nastier. I hate Gionta, but he’s a good player. He is a wimpy, gutless hobbit, but he can score. I see the Habs winning this series, and depending on how far they make it, I see Gallagher as a major frontrunner for the Calder.

  3. 8man - May 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Habs getting pounded on the scoreboard, but doing some pounding with their fists late. Oh, this is gonna be a series to remember.

    It’s truly a shame that only one of these teams will be in the second round.

    Habs bounce back team of 2012 and the Sens the gutsy low seed that no one wants to play.

    This is why we love the NHL!

  4. ribs108 - May 6, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Thank Goodness they got Gionta back! Who else could possibly have NOT scored on that breakaway! Thanks for coming back Mr Management-Appointed Captain. Must be loved by teammates as the Subban-Pacioretty on-camera shouting match proves. Olé!!!

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