MONTREAL — After watching center Lars Eller taken off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher after a nasty hit in their playoff opener with the Senators, the Canadiens knew they had to answer with a big Game 2.
Goalie Carey Price came through with a 29-save effort as Montreal pulled out a hard-hitting but mostly cleanly played 3-1 victory Friday.
The win left their Eastern Conference quarterfinal tied at one.
"It's the playoffs. You can't dwell on the last game," said Price, who took heat for two goals that beat him between the pads in a 4-2 loss in Game 1 24 hours earlier. "You've got to get refocused and get ready for the next one."
There was anticipation of rough play after Eric Gryba's hit on Eller produced a lot of blood, a concussion and missing teeth. Elller was hospitalized overnight, released Friday morning and was feeling good and resting at home, the team said.
Gryba was suspended by the league for two games. He served the first one Friday.
Senators coach Paul MacLean stared into space without answering when asked about the suspension after Game 2.
Passions were further inflamed in the morning as Montreal coach Michel Therrien blasted MacLean for what he believed were disrespectful comments.
Among other things, MacLean had suggested Eller should have kept his head up and defenseman Raphael Diaz had left him open to a hit with a "suicide" pass.
"(The comments were) a lack of respect to Lars Eller. A lack of respect to his family," Therrien said. "And I'm never going to accept that. Never."
After the game, he said, "When I read his comments this morning, I was pretty upset."
MacLean was clear on what caused his team to lose.
"They played harder than we did for most of the game," he said. "We turned over pucks that ended up in our net."
Crosby returns for Pens, who fall to Islanders
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby did what he always seems to do in big moments, scoring two quick goals in his return from a broken jaw.
He gave the Penguins an early two-goal lead over the Islanders. Then the Islanders responded. And Kyle Okposo's first career playoff goal with 7:37 left gave the Islanders a 4-3 victory, evening their East series at one.
Crosby, out more than a month, scored twice in the game's first eight minutes as the Penguins raced to a 3-1 lead. But Pittsburgh lacked focus and discipline, and the Islanders bounced back from a lifeless performance in Game 1's 5-0 loss.
"We really did a bad job of managing the puck," Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said, "and the way they came after us … it was just bad."
Evgeni Malkin staked Pittsburgh to a 1-0 lead 43 seconds in. Crosby tapped in a simple pass from Jarome Iginla to make it 2-0 before the game was four minutes old.
"We started to see (Game 1) again," Islanders wing Matt Martin said. "We were scared of that. We knew we couldn't get embarrassed again."
Pittsburgh played without forward James Neal, who left Game 1 with an injury.
Blackhawks top Wild: Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp scored two goals each and host Chicago beat Minnesota 5-2 to go up two games to none in the West quarterfinal.
Late Thursday: The Wings had a setback during their series-evening win at Anaheim. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser broke his right thumb in the third period of the 5-4 overtime win in Game 2. "It was a big loss," coach Mike Babcock said
Lightning: The team agreed to terms with prospect Cedric Paquette on a three-year entry-level contract. The center had 27 goals and 83 points, and was plus-29 in 63 games for Blainville-Boisbriand of the junior Quebec league this season. Paquette last week was fined $1,000 by the league for "inappropriate behavior" for his role in starting a bench-clearing brawl with Baie-Comeau during their playoff series.
Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.
First Period—None. Penalties—Gonchar, Ott (high-sticking), 2:53; Prust, Mon (slashing), 6:52; Moen, Mon (roughing), 11:02; Subban, Mon (cross-checking), 15:54.
Second Period—1, Montreal, White 1, 3:20. 2, Montreal, Gallagher 2 (Galchenyuk, Prust), 4:13. 3, Ottawa, Michalek 1 (Phillips, Benoit), 8:16. 4, Montreal, Ryder 1 (Bourque, Subban), 18:57. Penalties—Prust, Mon (closing hand on puck), 15:53.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Kassian, Ott (interference), 5:40; Latendresse, Ott (slashing, roughing), 20:00; White, Mon (cross-checking, roughing), 20:00. Shots on Goal—Ottawa 8-13-9—30. Montreal 14-10-10—34. Power-play opportunities—Ottawa 0 of 4; Montreal 0 of 2. Goalies—Ottawa, Anderson 1-1-0 (34 shots-31 saves). Montreal, Price 1-1-0 (30-29).
First Period—1, Pittsburgh, Malkin 1 (Iginla), :43. 2, Pittsburgh, Crosby 1 (Iginla, Malkin), 3:19 (pp). 3, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 1 (Tavares, Streit), 7:04 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Crosby 2 (Pa.Dupuis, Eaton), 7:22. Penalties—MacDonald, N.Y. Islanders (slashing), 2:23; Engelland, Pit (cross-checking), 6:22; Engelland, Pit (interference), 10:38; Murray, Pit (interference), 15:25; Hamonic, N.Y. Islanders (roughing), 19:31; Cooke, Pit (slashing), 19:31.
Second Period—5, N.Y. Islanders, McDonald 1 (Aucoin, Ullstrom), 5:12. 6, N.Y. Islanders, M.Martin 1 (Bailey, Nielsen), 10:37. Penalties—Okposo, N.Y. Islanders, major (fighting), 4:58; Niskanen, Pit, major (fighting), 4:58; Visnovsky, N.Y. Islanders (boarding), 6:50; Iginla, Pit (boarding), 8:16; Tavares, N.Y. Islanders, double minor (high-sticking), 16:31.
Third Period—7, N.Y. Islanders, Okposo 1 (Moulson, Streit), 12:23. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Islanders 20-14-8—42. Pittsburgh 12-13-8—33. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Islanders 1 of 4; Pittsburgh 1 of 4. Goalies—N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 1-1-0 (33 shots-30 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 1-1-0 (42-38).
First Period—1, Chicago, Frolik 1 (Shaw, Leddy), 8:34. Penalties—Koivu, Min (roughing), 15:42; Suter, Min (roughing), 15:42; Shaw, Chi (slashing), 15:42.
Second Period—2, Chicago, Frolik 2 (Keith, Hjalmarsson), :49 (sh). 3, Minnesota, Setoguchi 1 (Cullen, Zucker), 17:57. Penalties—Toews, Chi (high-sticking), :34; Bollig, Chi (boarding), 10:33; Brodziak, Min (slashing), 14:15.
Third Period—4, Chicago, Sharp 1 (Kane, Handzus), 3:44. 5, Chicago, Sharp 2 (Kane), 14:08. 6, Minnesota, Scandella 1 (Coyle, Cullen), 16:29. 7, Chicago, Bickell 2 (Shaw), 19:49 (en). Penalties—Koivu, Min (tripping), 9:37; Koivu, Min (hooking), 16:37. Shots on Goal—Minnesota 7-15-6—28. Chicago 17-14-17—48. Power-play opportunities—Minnesota 0 of 2; Chicago 0 of 4. Goalies—Minnesota, Harding 0-2-0 (47 shots-43 saves). Chicago, Crawford 2-0-0 (28-26).