Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens: Game 4 Lives Up to Billing, Media Firestorm
For a series that has riled up the Canadian media and turned out raucous crowds, the matchup between the No. 2-seed Montreal Canadiens and No. 7-seed Ottawa Senators had shown little in the way of riveting third periods. But after Games 1, 2 and 3 featured multi-goal victories that failed to go down to the wire, Game 4 made up for that and then some as the Sens edged the Habs 3-2 in overtime.
Underdog Ottawa takes a 3-1 series after fighting tooth and nail to claw back into this one time and time again. Tuesday night’s contest had everything during the Sens’ rally: a Mika Zibanejad controversial goal off a skate to half the deficit in the third period, a tying goal by Cory Conacher with only 22.6 seconds left in regulation and an overtime goal by Sens playoff hero Jeff Turris, who did the same in the 2012 postseason.
No word yet if what many are billing “The Tooth Fairy” series featured any lost teeth in Game 4. If this series’ key statistical trend holds here, then someone in Ottawa will be putting ice on their gums tonight.
“For what it’s worth: In the Canadiens-Senators series, a player on the winning team has lost a tooth in all 3 games,” tweeted ESPN television program “Numbers Never Lie” — this after Craig Anderson, Carey Price and Jean-Gabriel Pageau during the first three tilts.
The other crazy media firestorm that’s erupted over this series has been sparked by Canadian tabloid. The Ottawa Sun capitalized on a Canadiens forward’s brutal injury with a cover headlined “First Blood Sens” before a running a “Boot Those Habs” cover prior to Game 4. Canadian papers — along with Canadiens fans — are all better off if the Habs can extend this series to seven.