Facing elimination, the Ottawa Senators did everything that they could to get a win at home near the 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.