Carey Price fails to stop the puck on a shot by Erik Karlsson during first period action between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens. Martin Chevalier/QMI Agency.
First, the Senators drew blood Thursday night.
Then, they smelled it.
Had it not been for an outstanding effort with 48 stops from goalie Craig Anderson, the result might have been different, but the Senators pulled out to a 1-0 lead in their first round series against the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-2 victory Thursday.
While all the post-game talk will surround the controversial hit Eric Gryba laid on Habs’ winger Lars Eller in the second period at the Bell Centre, the Senators got up off the mat to come back from a 2-1 third period deficit to get the win.
Defenceman Marc Methot scored the winner, Erik Karlsson had a two-point effort while Guillaume Latendresse and Jakob Silfverberg also chipped in. Only Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque were able to beat the unflappable Anderson.