It can all go wrong so quickly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as one break leads to other breaks before leading to the ultimate break.
The Montreal Canadiens had a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals by P.K. Subban and Alex Galchenyuk, with 8:05 left in the third period of Game 4, looking very much like that they’d head back to Bell Centre with the series knotted at 2-2.
Then Mika Zibanejad scored a fluke goal that might many felt should have been wiped away for a distinct kicking motion.
Then Cory Conacher scored with 23 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Then Habs goalie Carey Price injured himself making a save before overtime, necessitating that Peter Budaj enter the game for the extra session.
Then Kyle Turris ended it at 2:32 of the extra session, giving Ottawa a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead.
"I guess there are hockey gods out there and they were on our side tonight,” said Conacher.
A few thoughts about this loss:
• The Senators got all the breaks at the end of the third period, from the “kicked goal” to Conacher’s game winner, which featured Turris right in Price’s kitchen.
Granted, Josh Gorges shoved him deep into the crease, but there’s no question Price was impeded in his attempt to make that save thanks to Turris.
• The Senators benefited from at least one icing call that stretched credibility.
• Of all the breaks the Senators received, none was bigger than Price’s injury. He made 30 saves in regulation and was stellar at times.
• There were only four minor penalties called in the game, hence no fallout from the Game 3 line brawl of the return of Eric Gryba to the lineup after his suspension. We imagine the NHL might have indicated that’d be the best course of action for the teams.
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