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Discuss: Sens overcome 2-0 deficit, beat Habs in OT

May 7, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

OTTAWA, CANADA - MAY 7: Zack Smith #15 of the Ottawa Senators takes a faceoff against Alexei Emelin #74 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place on May 7, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

There are going to be a lot of angry fans in Montreal tonight. Montreal took a 2-0 lead, but Senators forward Mika Zibanejad cut it in half with a goal that some would argue involved a kicking motion. Cory Conacher tied the game with less than 23 seconds left to send this one to overtime.

On top of that, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price left the game due to an injury and was replaced by Peter Budaj for the overtime period. Budaj, who started in just 10 games this season, lasted 2:32 minutes before conceding the deciding goal to Kyle Turris.

The seventh seed Ottawa Senators now have a 3-1 series lead.

  • P.K. Subban netted Montreal’s opening goal and logged 25:45 minutes after being announced as one of the three Norris Trophy finalists this morning.
  • After combing for 210 penalty minutes in the third period of Game 3, this game was tame by comparison with just four minor penalties. That doesn’t mean this game wasn’t physical though.
  • Zibanejad, 20, and Conacher, 23, both scored their first career playoff goal.
  • For that matter, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk also found the back of the net for the first time in the postseason.
  • Montreal mustered just five shots on goal in the final 22:32 minutes of this contest.
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  1. sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Thank you very MUCH, Diaz. Step on their throats, Sens!

    • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      (Diaz deflected the puck past Budaj.)

  2. girouxed - May 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Habs are bad.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - May 7, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Zibenajad’s goal wasn’t a goal. He clearly kicked it. I find it comical that NBCSN’s OT intermission show never acknowledged this occurrence. I guess the NHL got what it wanted. Didn’t help that MTL didn’t play a full 60.

    • stakex - May 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Well they did mention it when showing the highlights during the Hawks/Wild game, so theres that.

      Besides, the call was actually a good one. The overhead shows nothing more then a re-direction of the puck. His skate bounces off the ice a bit, which makes it look like its being kicked on the side angle… but theres just no way to overturn the call on the ice with the overhead video.

    • drewsylvania - May 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      And there were no suspensions for the Habs’ execrable behavior last game. *shrug*

    • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Yes he clearly kicked it in. And I simply don’t care and will enjoy it.

    • nunan - May 7, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      It re-directed off his stick right before it hit his skate. It wasn’t an intentional kick-in, at all.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - May 8, 2013 at 6:56 AM

        @Nunan, both your points are irrelevant when determining a kicked-in goal.

    • homelanddefense - May 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Anson Carton probably said he thought it was a kick 3-4 times during the broadcast.

      • homelanddefense - May 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM


  4. drewsylvania - May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I’m loving the thought of all those poor Habs worrying about their season slipping away.

  5. mclovinhockey - May 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Yeah pretty shocked the sens first goal counted…
    His foot even came off the ice

  6. ryanw822 - May 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Hey Subban, tell me how my azz tastes.


  7. 19to77 - May 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Zibanejab’s goal was a kick-in, and Bourque’s elbow to the head went unsuspended while Gryba lost two games on a clean hit. Bad calls cut both ways. It’s the playoffs. That stuff happens.

    • atribecalledkevin - May 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Well said.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - May 8, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Well, the goal acknowledgement was in the heat of the moment, but for the (finally wrong) decisions on Bourque and Gryba Shanny had more than enough time to do better.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 7, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Sens showed character by over coming a 2 goal deficit. Habs showed character bouncing back from a humiliating loss 2 nights ago.

  9. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 7, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Sens showed character by overcoming a 2 goal deficit. Habs showed character bouncing back from a humiliating loss 2 nights ago.

  10. vipod4ever - May 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Only 5 shots in the 3rd. Doesn’t sound like a team hungry enough. Habs got the result they deserved.

  11. rwbart1 - May 7, 2013 at 10:51 PM


  12. drewsylvania - May 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    The Cobra Kais got beat tonight.

  13. thehighcountrybear - May 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Apparently some fans actually watched this farce, talk about strong constitutions…

    • drewsylvania - May 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Habs fans? The way the Canadiens play, I’m surprised they can follow the team at all.

  14. nunan - May 7, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I don’t think the Habs, with their injuries, come back against this Ottawa team and their goalie. Ottawa has shown a ton of character. They may not win the next game but they won’t lose three in a row. Price’s injury situation makes it that much worse. I would say, have fun with the Pens in the second round but they’re not a sure thing, either. Would be impressive if both the 7 and 8 seeds won round 1..especially the Islanders..

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      The league office certainly wouldn’t enjoy it as much as most of us would. Crossing my fingers.

  15. mgp1219 - May 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Now, if only San Jose can sweep Montreal West out of the playoffs, my night will be made.

    • 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      So, pretty safe to say you’re having a good time?

  16. jimw81 - May 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    This series has been over since the line brawl.

  17. eaglesbest - May 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Ole ole ole ole…ole ole!!!! Bahahahahaha that’s all the needs to be discussed.

  18. 2cucry - May 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Again.. Therrien. .. every post game interview he looks like he’s a word away from balling his eyes out.. every coach has some calls against them.. wasn’t the first time .. won’t be the last.. I just can’t wait for the Sens to put away the Habs so we don’t have to see Therrien trying to keep his composure…

    • craigonthecob - May 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      He really did look terrible in the interview last night. Defeated.
      My two favourite teams are [were] in this series (the classic Ottawa scenario – Habs fan until the Sens were reborn), and as such I was wanting nothing more than a super competitive 7 game series.
      Now, only one of my favourite teams is in the series, and I want those Habs DESTROYED on Thursday. Let’s end these clowns.

      Therrien has proven himself a standing joke.

      They should frankly fire him and make Gionta the interim coach. Gionta has been all-class, all series. Given the way the series has gone, that says a lot about his character.

  19. 8man - May 8, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Brutal last 11 minutes of play for the Habs. After putting the wreck that was game 3 behind them, they were about to emerge with the series tied at 2 and notch another game for Montreal lore. Price was looking solid and confident. And then it all came crashing down. I don’t know how they recover from this, especially with the injuries that occurred late in the game. Watching the whole series I had to keep reminding myself that the Sens were not the favorite.

  20. bills4 - May 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Stop with the “he kicked it in crap”. There is no conspiracy here. It was a clean goal. Do you not think the league is crying right now. Montreal not being a part of the second round will be a league disappointment financially and and for marketing. The league does want Ottawa to win but I do!!!

  21. skarfacci - May 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Hans haven’t been relevant since the before the Reagan administration. And when they were winning all their cups there like three teams.

  22. mjdkid100 - May 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM


    (/chants the crowd of pht)

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