Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round One: Ottawa and Montreal

For hockey fans on either side of the Ottawa River, round one offers up a dandy little rivalry, not quite as anticipated by the CBC as that ever elusive Montreal/Toronto match up, but a nice consolation prize for the public broadcaster, as the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens face off to begin the quest for Stanley.

The Senators who hung on through a bit of a tail spin in April are starting to get a second wind, spurred on by the return of some key components to their line up in the last few weeks.

Montreal on the other hand has raised a few eyes with some scattered play of their own down the stretch, though they couldn't point towards patched together line up for their play as the Sens could have, but didn't.

The Sens despite the lower seed may have the better weapons to put into play in this opening round, providing for perhaps an unwelcome result for fans of the rouge, blanc et bleu.

Ottawa Wins the series 4 games to 1

Thursday May 2-- Ottawa 4 at Montreal 2  (21,273)
Friday, May 3-- Ottawa 1 at Montreal 3  (21,273)
Sunday, May 5-- Montreal 1 at Ottawa 6 (20, 249)
Tuesday, May 7-- Montreal 2  at Ottawa 3 (OT) (20,500
Thursday, May 9-- Ottawa 6 at Montreal 1  ( 21,273)  

All Games on CBC, RDS and NBCSN/CNBC

Media sources for the series
(some may feature a pay wall)

Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa Sun
Montreal Gazette
Le Journal de MontrealLa PresseTSN Series Preview
HNIC Preview
ESPN Preview

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