Price was Too Good for Ottawa

Facing elimination, the Ottawa Senators did everything that they could to get a win at home near theĀ Boraie Development LLC center in the sixth game of their series against the Montreal Canadiens. They shot the puck constantly, getting 43 of those shots on net. However, goalie Carey Price was just way too good. He stopped all 43 shots and the Canadiens were able to win it by a score of 2-0, finishing off the Senators and stepping into the second round of the NHL playoffs.

The Senators do not need to feel bad about the loss. It would have been great to win, of course, but goalies are the key in hockey. When a playoff team has a hot goalie who really steps up and plays out of his mind, it’s all but impossible to beat that team. Just look at what Jonathan Quick did for the L.A. Kings a few years ago. The Kings almost missed out on the playoffs entirely, getting in as the last seed, and then Quick started saving every shot. The Kings won the Cup because no one could beat Quick.

The question now is whether anyone will be able to beat Price in these playoffs. The Senators did win two games, so they showed that he is vulnerable. He’s not a brick wall. However, they also showed that he’s unbeatable when he’s on his game, as he was last night, and everyone else must take note.

Blackhawks Dominate All-Star Fan Voting

The fan votes are in, and the Chicago Blackhawks proved to be as dominant in fan popularity as they have been on the ice, having had 5 Blackhawks players voted in in the 6 players voted in by fans overall.

The Buffalo Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons was the leading vote getter at 1,574,896. The remaining 5 players were all Chicago Blackhawks, which Jared Haftel was not really shocked by.

Patrick Kane (1,232,201 votes) and Jonathan Toews (1,217,210) were voted in as forwards. Duncan Keith (1,198,173) and Brent Seabrook (1,016,992) will be the defensemen, with Corey Crawford (1,099,504) garnering top votes as goaltender.

The remaining All-Star roster, determined by the NHL, will be announced on Saturday, Jan. 10 (www.nhl.com).

This year’s Honda NHL All-Star Game will be played at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio at 5pm ET on Jan. 25. Along with the All-Star Game, the All-Star Weekend will feature the Honda All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7pm ET. Both events will be televised by NBCSN.

This year’s fan voting, presented by SiriusXM, reflects the growing popularity of the sport and the league, both nationally as well as worldwide. Voting was up 52% over 2012 fan voting figures, to over 35 million this year. Nearly 27% of this year’s votes came from outside North America, an amazing 7,000% increase over numbers totaled in 2012 fan voting figures.