NHL Postseason Canadian Corner – Friday, May 3, 2013

More analysis on Game One of the Canadiens-Senators series, plus updates on the Canucks, Phil Kessel and the Oilers new arena agreement.

Craig Anderson made 48 saves as the Senators downed the Canadiens 4-2.

Craig Anderson made 48 saves as the Senators downed the Canadiens 4-2.

OTTAWA CITIZEN:  Wayne Scanlan on the “electric start” to the Senators-Canadiens series.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens failed to capitalize on their second period chances, when they outshot the Senators 27-7.  It would cost them, blowing a 2-1 lead to fall 4-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens definitely had control of the play in the first two periods, even after Lars Eller’s bloody injury, but seemed deflated in the third. The three unanswered goals by the Senators in the third, combined with Craig Anderson’s outstanding performance for the Senators, once again raised questions about the performance of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price. He must rebound strong in Game Two to silence his critics.

VANCOUVER SUN: Roberto Luongo will start Game Two for the Vancouver Canucks when they face off tonight against the San Jose Sharks.  Canucks coach Alain Vigneault shook up his lines in practice, with Ryan Kesler on a line with Derek Roy and Chris Higgins, Max Lapierre centering Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen, and Zach Kassian on a line with Andrew Ebbett and Dale Weise.

TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel skipped practice yesterday for a “maintenance day”. Cue the conspiracy theories.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports the Edmonton arena deal remains at a stalemate, largely due to the Oilers ownership. Wash, rinse, repeat.