Montreal, Sens look to control emotions in Game 4

The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators are developing quite

a rivalry this postseason.

The Senators beat the Canadiens 6-1 on Sunday night in a

fight-filled, emotional game. The teams combined for 236 penalty

minutes and nine players were given a game misconduct.

Ottawa has a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven quarterfinal

series. Game 4 is Tuesday night.

On Monday players from both sides downplayed the events of the

game, saying it’s just part of playoff hockey and to be expected at

this time of year.

The intensity could ratchet up again Tuesday night.

”This is fun,” Ottawa forward Kyle Turris said. ”It’s a great

atmosphere, real fun and I don’t know if you would call it a hatred

on the ice, but it’s lots of fun.”

Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban agreed with Turris.

”This is playoffs, this is exciting,” Subban said. ”We knew

this being an all-Canadian series that it was going to be a lot of

emotion and intensity involved and it’s been great so far.”

Turris was targeted by a number of Montreal players on Sunday.

He fought Subban, and as the final buzzer sounded Montreal

defenseman Josh Gorges fired a puck at Turris.

”Taking a slap shot at a guy at the end of the game isn’t

something that’s really necessary if you ask me,” Turris said. ”I

don’t think he was trying to get a shot on net.”

While neither team expects things to escalate to the same level

in Game 4, it’s clear the Senators want to continue to play a

physical style while Montreal would prefer to wear Ottawa down with

its speed.

”Last night was one game and (Tuesday) will be a totally

different one,” Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson said. ”They want

to come out and win the game, they don’t want to win the fights and

that’s what we have to expect. We know we’re going to have to be

even better to win Game 4.”

The Canadiens say they need to focus on their own style if they

want to win the series.

”We have to get back to playing our game,” Subban said. ”We

have to get back to doing the things that make us successful and

right now we have a lot of things to play for. We have to make sure

that we’re doing the right things and we’ll be ready for


Emotion will be a key factor for both teams, but in the end it’s

likely the team that manages to control its emotions best will have

the advantage.

”You want to play on the edge and be physical and play our

in-your-face game, hard forechecking, but you have to be smart at

the same time,” Montreal forward Colby Armstrong said. ”We took

some chippy penalties last game, not in the third, but even before

that in the first and second and that was uncharacteristic for our


Ottawa’s Eric Gryba, who served a two-game suspension for a hit

on Lars Eller in Game 1, could be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s


While he could be the target of some form of retaliation, the

Senators aren’t concerning themselves with it.

”I think and I hope that they want to play hockey,” Karlsson

said. ”I think they want to win the game and if they throw a

couple of extra hits on him it’s a part of the game and I don’t

think it’s going to affect our game in any way. We want to come out

and be a better team than we were (Sunday).

”I think they’re going to dig deep and really try to maintain

their focus and I think they want to prove to themselves and

everyone else they’re still a good hockey team.”

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien admitted his team needs to

concentrate on playing hockey and not get caught up by emotion.

Therrien didn’t go so far as to criticize the officiating, but

he felt both rookie forward Brendan Gallagher and Subban were

abused at times during the game which in turn led to them taking

penalties as they attempted to defend themselves.

”When Brendan Gallagher drops the gloves it’s because he was

abused. When P.K. Subban drops the gloves it’s because he was

abused,” Therrien said. ”There comes a time when a player makes

his own law because he’s tired and we saw a fair amount of that


Therrien believes his team will have no trouble focusing on the

task at hand Tuesday.

”We have to make sure we play a solid game,” he said. ”We

played two solid games in Montreal, I really liked the way we

played and (Sunday) was a bad game for us and the Senators played a

good game and deserved to win.

”We’ve proven in the past that we’re capable of bouncing back.

We have to bounce back (Tuesday).”

Senators coach Paul MacLean says he has made it clear to his

team that they haven’t accomplished anything yet and need to keep

their focus on the next game.

”The hardest part is yet to come,” he said. ”We talked about

that (Tuesday) is going to be even harder. That’s what keeps us on

an even keel is that we understand it’s going to be hard.”

Notes: Ottawa D Patrick Wiercioch will not be available for

Tuesday’s game as he has a lower body injury. … Ottawa F

Jean-Gabriel Pageau was still reveling in the effects of scoring a

hat trick in Sunday’s game and said among the numerous messages he

received was one from Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere, a role model of

Pageau’s growing up. … Montreal F David Desharnais said he needs

to be much better in this series. He has just one assist and zero

shots on goal. … Gallagher, who was celebrating his 21st birthday

Monday, was selected a finalist for the Calder Trophy. … Therien

said his unfavorable opinion of MacLean calling a timeout with 17

seconds left in Game 3 hasn’t changed, even after hearing MacLean’s

reason for doing so.