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Video: Sens-Habs game spirals out of control

May 5, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

Even before Sunday’s Game 3, many would argue that the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators earned the early mark for “most intense first-round series.” Things really boiled over once it became clear that the Senators had full control of tonight’s game, however, as you can see from this over-the-top brawl:

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Want more? That’s awfully bloodthirsty of you:

Here’s an box score screen cap that captures a ridiculous third period full of penalties (click to zoom in):


… And there have been more skirmishes since then. Yikes.

So many players were ejected from the game that Daniel Alfredsson ended up playing on “defense” with Erik Karlsson at one point in the final frame.

Update: the two teams combined for 236 PIM.

  1. govtminion - May 5, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    God, I love playoff hockey…

    • nunan - May 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Exactly. I go online after I watch this game, and the first thing I see if LeBrun complaining about the nasty stuff. It’s one thing if that were a constant occurrence in the league but that sort of emotion and nastiness is something only playoff hockey can provide. It makes this series the best one to watch right now. It doesn’t happen all the time so I tend to appreciate it when it does happen.If it were a nightly thing, then it would be too much. It’s not though. It’s great and it makes hockey unique. Shut it LeBrun.

  2. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    The Habs are done, good luck beating Anderson 3 straight. Take solace though Montreal, the Habs have a bunch of nice young talent and should only get better.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      3 of 4*

  3. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    The Sens were hitting everything in sight and outplaying the Habs, but a lot of those hits involved elbows up high. Montreal got frustrated and started acting stupidly, but the refs really let this get out of control. Ten first period penalties was bad enough, but the third was a farce. Surprised there were only three in the second. Something fun for fans of thug hockey, but rather embarrassing for the league.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Like the elbow to the head that Bourque gave Concacher?

      • sabatimus - May 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        He’s got a history too. He’s got to be gone a game.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        A fine at least, but ya he should probably get a game, he was blatant and obvious that he wanted to elbow a guy in the head and went and did it.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        And oh ya, he was the one that gave Nick Backstrom a cheap elbow when he was in Calgary.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      It’s great that you’re new to the sport of hockey but maybe it’s time to leave the discussion to the adults

      • manchestermiracle - May 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        Okay, let me know if you can find one on here.

  4. elguapo12 - May 5, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Good response by the Sens to smother the Habs after the cheap slash on the faceoff; I wonder if White will skate within 15 feet of Cowen again.

    Neil’s Rick Flair thing was pretty tacky, but so is firing the puck at a player at the final buzzer.

    Carey Price is probably talking with his shrink right now…so look for him to hold the Sens to 5 on Tuesday.

  5. botlecap - May 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    What a game by the Sens. Is habsman still around? I can’t wait to read what he has to say about his team making a complete mockery and disgrace of the game. What a bunch of punks. And I thought the Leafs handled their game 1 loss to the Bruins badly. Habs outdid them and then some. Shooting the puck at players, cheap shots of all kinds, mouthing off to a coach, punching a guy when he’s down on the ice, etc, etc. They showed some real (lack of) class tonight.

  6. graymalkin26 - May 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Glad to see PK give it to that monkey Turis…lol…haha

    • steeltownpride87 - May 6, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      PK is a bum . He only drops the gloves on weaker players . Hell he was even scared to fight Morrow . He will get his one day .

      • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        he threw SEVERAL punches while dude was on the ground… MMA ground and pound style. i really dislike that guy. no place for that in hockey.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      A slash to the face should get him suspended for at LEAST three games, if a legal hit is worth two, right?

    • tfaltin - May 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      PK is a b1tch. That was an emotionally upset 4 year old throwing a temper tantrum against a smaller skill player. Respected hockey fighters don’t throw when the other guy is down. The ref was even in there and that punk was throwing. Deploy Matt Cooke.

  7. gmenfan1982 - May 5, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I’m not necessarily a fan or staged fights or goons with no skill but this mayhem was created by the frustration and emotion of the game. Seeing this happen occasionally is great stuff. Montreal lost their cool and Ottawa answered. Stupid and uncalled for? Sure. Entertaining? Absolutely. I love ALL aspects of hockey. Not just the skill plays.

  8. valoisvipers - May 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    The Habs are a disgrace to the the NHL in the way which they handled themselves tonight. I hope Shannahammer hits them where it hurts. Their wallets, they should be fined for those cheap shots and liberties that they took Also the refs need to take some blame for letting this get out of control.

    • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      yeah that game was a quick way to get fans of other teams to truly hate you. spineless showing on the ice last night.

  9. 19to77 - May 5, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Man, what a beatdown, on the scoreboard and in the fights. Did the Habs win even one of those?

    Loved seeing White get his just desserts. Cowen absolutely thrashed him.

  10. haterzinc - May 5, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Every since subban had back to back dives vs the pens and vs the bruins …..HabsMen disappeared

  11. spavs412 - May 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Gotta love the playoffs!!!

  12. billmiller3 - May 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    And Jeremy Roenick said in the Isles post game that they shouldn’t call penalties in the playoffs. This is what you get Jeremy Baby, when you lose control.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 6, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Did you watch the game? They called a number of iffy calls at the start of the 1st to try and stop what would eventually happen.

  13. indianhead1992 - May 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    I dont like JR at all and im a chicago native but sometimes that tool is right. today after the pens game he said that penalty on crosby should not have been called and he is right. crosby flopped and got the call, also cost the isles the game. pit should have lost that game but when you had them 5 plus penalties they are going to score. pens should have gotten more defense and not morrow/iginla. they are going to crash and burn once they verse an experienced playoff team.

    • ibieiniid - May 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      there’s enough Penguins comments on stories about the Penguins. this is not one of them. go back there please.

  14. dan46778 - May 6, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Wow the habs dirty n habsman say they not a dirty team

  15. helladonks - May 6, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Straight gong show. Love it!

  16. hosewater2 - May 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Never seen a team lose every matchup in a line brawl. More needs to be made of Subban throwing punches on a guy who was down, that’s dangerous.

  17. scoocha - May 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    More evidence that this kind of behavior is truly holding the NHL back. Simple solution, suspend every Montreal player who fought last night for the rest of the series. Then they’ll lose without a whimper and understand that this has no place in sport if they want to advance to the next round. Gutless home office, worried about head shots but not multiple game suspensions for fighting.

  18. litsince - May 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Habs are a bunch of pansies. They want to play tough, but they won’t even take off there visors for a fight. Ott is going to kill them next game.

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