The only thing missing in Ottawa Sunday night was Ned Braden stripping down and circling the rink in his skivvies. Or, for a change in movie scenery, Brick Tamland killing a man with a trident.
Things escalated quickly in Game 3 of the Senators first-round series with the Canadiens, as everyone on the ice started fighting following the face-off after Ottawa scored a goal to take a 4-1 lead in the third period.
Well, not quite everyone — both goalies managed to stay out of the scrum, perhaps taking notes on what Rick DiPietro learned the hard way — but “five for fighting” certainly took on a new interpretation as all five skaters on both sides threw down the gloves.
The Canadiens ended up faring as badly in the fights as they did on the scoreboard. By my count four Habs players hit the ice first, with the other pairing ending in a draw because the refs were able to break things up before things really picked up.
All five Canadiens — Ryan White, Travis Moen, Francis Bouillion, Colby Armstrong and Jarred Tindori — received game misconducts. Five Senators — Matt Kassian, Chris Neil, Jared Cowen, Chris Phillips and Zack Smith — were tossed out at the same time.
And it turns out that was only the beginning.
Less than two minutes later, Montreal’s Rene Bourque delivered a chickensh*t elbow to the head of Ottawa’s Cory Conacher — somehow only a two-minute minor, though a suspension seems highly likely — and Habs instigator PK Subban started a fight with Kyle Turris.
When it was all said and done, the Senators had a 6-1 win and a 2-1 series lead over the second-seeded Canadiens. The teams combined for a comical 236 penalty minutes, with Montreal amassing 129 to Ottawa’s 107.
Just for fun, enjoy this photo of Montreal’s depleted bench following the ejections:
The series is easily running away for the title of most interesting in this NHL postseason considering we’ve got this on top of Montreal’s Brandon Prust referring to Senators coach Paul MacLean as a “fat, bug-eyed walrus.”
If this thing goes back to Montreal with Ottawa up 3-1, I fully expect to see Ogie Oglethorpe on the ice for the Canadiens in Game 5.