Senators thump the Canadiens in an ugly game, the Sharks push the Canucks to the brink of elimination, and the latest on Phil Kessel.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Ottawa Senators pounded the Montreal Canadiens on the ice and on the scoreboard, romping to a 6-1 fight-filled victory and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau led the way with a hat trick.
The war of words between Senators coach Paul MacLean and Canadiens coach Michel Therrien continued after the game, with Therrien calling MacLean “classless” for calling a timeout with only 17 second remaining in the game. Canadiens forward Rene Bourque, meanwhile, could face suspension for an elbow to the head of Senators forward Cory Conacher.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was an embarrassing effort by the Canadiens. They blew their cool in the third period and deserved to lose, while the Senators maintained theirs and deserved to win. Therrien rallied his troops following their Game One loss and the shock of losing Lars Eller to injury, and he’ll have to do it again for Game Four if he hopes to avoid falling into a 3-1 series deficit. So far in the series, the Senators have been the better team. Neither club, however, has cornered the market on “class”.
MERCURYNEWS.COM/VANCOUVER SUN: Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored twice as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 to take a 3-0 series lead and push the Canucks to the brink of elimination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the Canucks lack of post-season offensive production (dating back to their series last spring against the LA Kings) is killing them. For the second straight season, they’re down 3-0 to a California-based team. Don’t expect this outcome to be any different than last year’s against the Kings. It’s safe to say the Canucks window of opportunity has finally closed.
TORONTO SUN: A huge weight is off Phil Kessel’s shoulders after scoring a rare even-strength game-winning goal against his former club, the Boston Bruins.