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Senators rally in the third to win

Trainers treat Canadiens center Lars Eller after he takes an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. Gryba receives a five-minute penalty. The Canadiens say Eller sustained a concussion and facial and dental fractures.

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Trainers treat Canadiens center Lars Eller after he takes an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. Gryba receives a five-minute penalty. The Canadiens say Eller sustained a concussion and facial and dental fractures.

MONTREAL — Craig Anderson made 48 saves and Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored 1:53 apart early in the third period as the Senators beat the Canadiens 4-2 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal opener Thursday.

Ottawa was outshot 50-31. The shots for Montreal set a team record for a nonovertime playoff game, and the 27 shots during the second period also set a record.

"What can you say? 'Andy' (is) our MVP," Methot said. "He's a machine back there. He just keeps going and going. We're lucky to have him in the net."

The first playoff series between two Canadian clubs since 2004 didn't take long to get nasty.

Montreal center Lars Eller was wheeled off on a stretcher after an open-ice hit by defenseman Eric Gryba. The Canadiens said Eller lost consciousness, was taken to a hospital and sustained a concussion and facial and dental fractures.

Eller had just taken a pass up the middle from Raphael Diaz and had his head down when hit.

"It was a hockey play," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "Our guy hit him. But (Diaz) is the guy to blame."

Said Gryba: "My elbow was down, and there was no intent to hurt him whatsoever."

Montreal coach Michel Therrien declined to comment.

Gryba received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, and the Canadiens scored on the ensuing power play to take a 2-1 lead with 5:52 left in the second.

But the goals by Silfverberg and Methot put Ottawa ahead. And Anderson sealed the victory.

Said Anderson: "You just have to give your team an opportunity to stay in the game and win."

Big second lifts Caps

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored his franchise-record 31st career playoff goal and Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart later in the second period as the Capitals beat the Rangers 3-1 in their East series opener.

During a power play, Ovechkin, who led the league with 32 goals this season, put in Mike Green's shot that bounced off the end boards to make it 1-1.

"Kind of a lucky bounce," said Ovechkin, who broke a tie with Peter Bondra. "But I'll take it."

The Capitals had the best power play during the regular season, and the Rangers drew six minors, matching their season high.

"Against a power play like that, eventually they're going to capitalize," Rangers captain and wing Ryan Callahan said.

The goal energized the Capitals.

So did killing a 56-second five-on-three. Shortly afterward, Johansson scored on a breakaway. And Chimera's shot from near the boards made it 3-1.

"Any time you kill a five-on-three … the momentum goes the other way," Chimera said. "If they get a goal, they're feeling it. If we get a kill, obviously, the crowd gets into it or we get into it. Everyone's pumped up."

Late goal propels Blues

ST. LOUIS — Barret Jackman's slap shot from just inside the blue line with 50.4 seconds left gave the Blues a 2-1 victory and a 2-0 lead over the Kings in their West series.

Los Angeles led 1-0 entering the third on Dustin Brown's power-play goal in the first. But Patrik Berglund tied it for St. Louis 3:44 into the third.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick sustained an undisclosed injury before the game but played.

Crosby update: Penguins star center Sidney Crosby, out with a broken jaw, practiced again. He said he still had not been cleared to played. Pittsburgh takes on the Islanders in Game 2 of their East series tonight.

Luongo to start: Roberto Luongo will be in net for the Canucks for tonight's Game 2 against the Sharks in the West. Cory Schneider remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Bruin suspended: Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended one game for a check to the head of Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski during Game 1 on Tuesday.

Late Wednesday: Dan Boyle scored the go-ahead goal 9:17 into the third and Patrick Marleau an insurance goal 5:20 later as the visiting Sharks beat the Canucks 3-1.

Senators 1 0 3 4
at Canadiens 0 2 0 2
Senators 1 0 3 4
at Canadiens 0 2 0 2

First Period1, Ottawa, Karlsson 1 (Turris, Methot), 17:25. PenaltiesPrust, Mon (boarding), 11:10.

Second Period2, Montreal, Bourque 1 (Subban, Desharnais), 13:09. 3, Montreal, Gallagher 1 (Plekanec, Galchenyuk), 14:08 (pp). PenaltiesConacher, Ott (high-sticking), 2:31; Gonchar, Ott (interference), 8:12; White, Mon (hooking), 10:46; Gryba, Ott, served by Latendresse, major-game misconduct (interference -), 13:28; Pageau, Ott (tripping), 17:07.

Third Period4, Ottawa, Silfverberg 1 (Zibanejad, Karlsson), 3:27. 5, Ottawa, Methot 1 (Alfredsson), 5:20. 6, Ottawa, Latendresse 1 (Silfverberg, Zibanejad), 13:55. PenaltiesGonchar, Ott (cross-checking), 5:52; Prust, Mon (diving), 5:52. Shots on GoalOttawa 12-7-12—31. Montreal 14-27-9—50. Power-play opportunitiesOttawa 0 of 2; Montreal 1 of 5. GoaliesOttawa, Anderson 1-0-0 (50 shots-48 saves). Montreal, Price 0-1-0 (31-27). A21,273 (21,273).

at Capitals 0 3 0 3
Rangers 1 0 0 1

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Hagelin 1 (Callahan, McDonagh), 16:44. PenaltiesNew York bench, served by Zuccarello (too many men), :34; Beagle, Was (boarding), 14:21; McDonagh, NYR (holding), 19:26.

Second Period2, Washington, Ovechkin 1 (Green, Backstrom), 6:59 (pp). 3, Washington, Johansson 1 (Oleksy), 14:21. 4, Washington, Chimera 1 (Perreault), 15:07. PenaltiesPyatt, NYR (elbowing), 3:14; Asham, NYR (illegal check to head minor), 6:26; Erat, Was (boarding), 9:40; Callahan, NYR (roughing), 10:44; Fehr, Was, served by Chimera (interference, roughing), 10:44; Hillen, Was (cross-checking), 15:22.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesDel Zotto, NYR (slashing), 5:31. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 8-16-12—36. Washington 14-9-7—30. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 4; Washington 1 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 0-1-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Washington, Holtby 1-0-0 (36-35). A18,506 (18,506).

Senators rally in the third to win 05/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 1:32am]

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