Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson is the main reason they beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 and take a lead in their playoff series 1-0.
The game came to a stop in the second period when Canadiens center Lars Eller was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a hit by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba at center ice. He spent the night in the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion with a loss of consciousness, facial fractures, and loss of teeth. Gryba was given a 5:00 major interference penalty and game misconduct. He will have a hearing on Friday for a possible suspension. However, during intermission, the analysts on NBC Sports showed the replay and Gryba may be saved since his shoulder hit Eller in the chest.
Montreal went on a 5-on-3 power play and Brendan Gallagher scored, giving them a 2-1 lead. After that it was all Ottawa even though they gave Montreal a total of six power plays in the second period. They can thank Anderson for keeping them in the game.
Before the hit on Gryba Montreal was outshooting the Senators 34-17. In total Anderson faced 50 shots and saved 48. The offense finally helped him out with three goals in the third period. One of those goals was Senators rookie Jakob Silfverberg’s first career playoff goal.
Game 2 is Friday night in Montreal.