Canadiens eliminate the Senators, Flames and Ducks prepare for their second-round series and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA SUN: Carey Price made 43 saves for his sixth NHL playoff shutout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 to win their best of seven opening-round series in six game. Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty scored the game’s only goals. The Canadiens also benefited from a quick whistle in a second period nullifying what would have been a game-tying goal by Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens owe this game, and indeed this series, to Price. Their offensive game remains an issue while their defense still gives up too many scoring chances. Until the Habs suitably address these issues, they can forget about winning their first championship in 22 years. Had the Pageau goal not been nullified, it could’ve changed the course of the game and perhaps the series. The Senators deserve credit for battling back in this series when they were seemingly down and out, just as they did in the final two months of the regular season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/CALGARY SUN: Lisa Dillman has a preview of the Anaheim Ducks-Calgary Flames series. If Flames rookie Sam Bennett plays three games against the Ducks, he’ll have burned through the first year of his entry-level deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the headline regarding Bennett’s contract status suggests, Flames management probably couldn’t care less. He was a key factor in the Flames advancing to the second round.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap looks at which Canucks will be back next season and those likely to move on. The latter includes unrestricted free agents Shawn Matthias and Brad Richardson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Canucks possible offseason moves in the Rumors section.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers stars Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle claim to be thrilled about the club’s winning the draft lottery and the recent hiring of Peter Chiarelli as the new general manager and president of hockey operations. The pair were among the first Edmonton players to reach out to Erie Otters sensation Connor McDavid, who is expected to be selected first overall in this year’s draft by the Oilers.