Montreal Canadiens sqaunder 2-0 lead and lose to Ottawa Senators in OT

By Lucas Carreras
Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) controls the puck as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon (55) moves in during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Scotiabank Place
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Coming into Game 4 on Tuesday night and down two games to one in the series, the Montreal Canadiens had no choice but to play better than they did in Game 3, which they lost 6-1 to the Ottawa Senators.

In addition, they had to avoid bad penalties as they had 125 penalty minutes as a team. Besides disciplined play, the Canadiens also needed improved play from their goaltender, Carey Price, who came into the game with a save percentage of .879 in the series as opposed to his opposite foe, Craig Anderson, who had a .949 save percentage.

Price did have a much better game, recording 30 saves before having to leave the game late in the third period because of a lower body injury. Although there was no scoring in the first 20 minutes of play, the Canadiens did a much better job of playing and controlling puck possession in their Senators end while using their speed to accomplish this.

However, just as the team was cruising along in the third period, the Senators found their way back, scoring two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game, with Kyle Turris eventually scoring the game winner at 2:32 into overtime give Ottawa a commanding 3-1 series lead.

This loss by the Canadiens was a show of their inexperience in these type of settings as they let the foot of the pedal and lulled themselves into a false sense of calm with the 2-0 lead. As a result, the Senators were able to mount a comeback and eventually win the game as they kept pushing and pressuring a young Canadiens in the final minutes, forcing Montreal to now face an elimination game on Thursday night.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing blogger to Rant Sports and can be found on Twitter and followed at maldini3fan and can be reached and contacted on Google+

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