Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Senators finish off upset

Ex-Lightning wing Cory Conacher beats Montreal’s Peter Budaj for the first of his two goals, which puts Ottawa up 2-0 12:26 in.

Associated Press

Ex-Lightning wing Cory Conacher beats Montreal’s Peter Budaj for the first of his two goals, which puts Ottawa up 2-0 12:26 in.

MONTREAL — Cory Conacher scored twice against shaky Peter Budaj as No. 7-seeded Ottawa eliminated No. 2-seeded Montreal 6-1 on Thursday.

The Senators won the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 4-1 to reach the semis for the first time since 2007. They are the first East team to advance.

"We've accomplished a lot this year," said goalie Craig Anderson, who had 33 saves. "Going forward, we'll keep climbing that hill."

Budaj started for Carey Price, who sustained a lower-body injury at the end of regulation of Game 4. Budaj lost that game 2:32 into overtime. In his first playoff start Thursday, he allowed a goal on his third shot, leaving a rebound in front for Zack Smith to backhand into an open net.

Then 10:09 later, a shot went off the post, then off the back of Budaj's pad. Conacher, acquired from the Lightning at the trade deadline, was there to tap it in.

When asked about Budaj, Montreal coach Michel Therrien didn't comment directly: "Every time … (the Senators) capitalized on their chances. Let's put it that way."

Blackhawks advance: Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as the host Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-1 to close out the West quarterfinal in five games. The No. 8-seeded Wild trailed 1-0 after one. It became 3-0 when Hossa and Marcus Kruger scored 3:07 apart early in the second for top-seeded Chicago.

Vokoun lifts Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves as the Penguins beat the Islanders 4-0 for a 3-2 series lead in their East quarterfinal. Vokoun, 36, replacing struggling Marc-Andre Fleury, had last appeared in the playoffs April 11, 2007, for Nashville.

"I was a little bit nervous the whole day," he said. "You wouldn't be human if you weren't."

Vokoun kept it scoreless while the No. 8-seeded Islanders had a 14-7 shot advantage in the first. From there, Sidney Crosby said, the top-seeded Penguins played better defense.

"We didn't do a great job of helping (Fleury) out," said Crosby, who split two defenders to make it 3-0 in the second. "We wanted to make sure we did a better job in front of our goalie."

Injuries: Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser had surgery for a broken bone in his face a day after being hit by a puck against the Bruins and is out indefinitely. He wasn't wearing a visor. … Capitals wing Martin Erat probably will sit tonight against the Rangers with an undisclosed upper-body injury. … Sharks wing Adam Burish will miss the West semifinals with an undisclosed upper-body injury. … Predators goalie Pekka Rinne had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip but is expected to be ready by training camp.

Late Wednesday: The Kings and Ducks took 3-2 West quarterfinal leads with overtime wins. Nick Bonino scored 1:54 in to lift the host Ducks past the Red Wings 3-2. Bonino, in his fourth season, has scored all three of his career playoff goals in this series. Slava Voynov scored 8:00 in to lift the Kings past the host Blues 3-2. St. Louis forced overtime on Alex Pietrangelo's goal with 44.1 seconds left in regulation.

Senators 2 1 3 6
at Canadiens 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Ottawa, Smith 1 (Kassian, Methot), 2:17. 2, Ottawa, Conacher 2 (Condra, Pageau), 12:26. 3, Montreal, Subban 2 (Markov, Plekanec), 19:45 (pp). PenaltiesBouillon, Mon (interference), 14:09; Alfredsson, Ott (interference), 19:23.

Second Period4, Ottawa, Turris 3 (Condra), 11:29 (sh). PenaltiesSilfverberg, Ott (interference), 1:01; Neil, Ott (high-sticking), 5:19; Montreal bench, served by Ryder (too many men), 8:15; Ottawa bench, served by Neil (too many men), 9:51; Gonchar, Ott (holding), 15:17.

Third Period5, Ottawa, Alfredsson 2 (Gonchar, Karlsson), 6:22 (pp). 6, Ottawa, Conacher 3 (Zibanejad), 12:27 (pp). 7, Ottawa, Condra 1 (Pageau, Kassian), 16:12 (pp). PenaltiesRyder, Mon (hooking), 5:07; Pacioretty, Mon (high-sticking), 10:56; Subban, Mon (roughing), 15:19; Conacher, Ott, served by Kassian, minor-misconduct (roughing), 17:01; Blunden, Mon, misconduct, 17:01; Dumont, Mon, misconduct, 17:01. Shots on GoalOttawa 10-8-11—29. Montreal 17-11-6—34. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 3 of 5; Montreal 1 of 6. GoaliesOttawa, Anderson 4-1-0 (34 shots-33 saves). Montreal, Budaj 0-2-0 (29-23).

at Penguins 0 3 1 4
Islanders 0 0 0 0
at Penguins 0 3 1 4
Islanders 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesStrait, NYI (interference), 3:24; Neal, Pit (roughing), 7:36.

Second Period1, Pittsburgh, Kennedy 1 (Letang, Sutter), 7:25. 2, Pittsburgh, Murray 2 (Kunitz, Malkin), 8:47. 3, Pittsburgh, Crosby 3 (Iginla, Pa.Dupuis), 14:00. PenaltiesNone.

Third Period4, Pittsburgh, Letang 2 (Crosby, P.Martin), 5:43 (pp). PenaltiesM.Martin, NYI (roughing), 5:37; Murray, Pit (interference), 7:51; Hamonic, NYI (roughing), 10:58; Boyes, NYI (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:11; Malkin, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:11; Hickey, NYI (elbowing), 18:00; Hamonic, NYI (roughing), 18:39; Cizikas, NYI (roughing), 18:39; Morrow, Pit (roughing), 18:39; Vitale, Pit (roughing), 18:39; Aucoin, NYI, misconduct, 19:36; Strait, NYI (cross-checking), 19:36; M.Martin, NYI, misconduct, 19:36; Adams, Pit, misconduct, 19:36; Murray, Pit, misconduct, 19:36. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 14-11-6—31. Pittsburgh 7-18-6—31. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 2; Pittsburgh 1 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 2-3-0 (27 shots-23 saves), Poulin (5:43 third, 4-4). Pittsburgh, Vokoun 1-0-0 (31-31).

Senators finish off upset 05/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Mikhail Sergachev scores twice as Lightning shuts out Blue Jackets (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev said he blacked out for a few seconds after his first NHL goal Thursday night, a rocket slap shot from the point.

    Mikhail Sergachev, front, looks like he’s very in the moment with teammate Dan Girardi after scoring his first NHL goal, though he says he blacked out for a bit. He scores again in the second.
  2. Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to win pennant, head to World Series for first time since '88


    CHICAGO — Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

    The Dodgers celebrate their Game 5 victory Thursday night over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, putting Los Angeles in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
  3. Joe Smith's takeaways from Thursday's Lightning-Blue Jackets game

    Lightning Strikes

    While Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov grab the headlines, don't sleep on their linemate, Vladislav Namestnikov. Namestnikov is far from a third wheel, with eight points in eight games. "He might not have the names the other two have, but he's as pivotal and vital to that line as the others," coach Jon Cooper said.

  4. Lightning journal: Derrick Brooks helps J.T. Brown make a difference

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown's decision to stop his anthem protest began to take shape just a few days after he raised his right fist before the Oct. 7 game against the Panthers in Sunrise.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown (23) on the ice at Lightning hockey training camp in Brandon on Monday (09/18/17).
  5. Duke tops preseason coaches' basketball poll; Gators No. 7


    Duke has been tabbed basketball's preseason No. 1 for the second straight season in the coaches' poll, released Thursday.

    Florida point guard Chris Chiozza launches the shot of last season’s NCAA Tournament, a winning 3
against Wisconsin that put the Gators into the Elite Eight. Chiozza returns to lead a UF team that’s getting its share of preseason attention, including a No. 7 ranking in the coaches’ poll.