PLAYOFF SERIES 3 STARS: CANADIENS VS SENATORS
In this LITU Series we pick 3 Stars from each series that had a huge impact for their team.
The 3 stars of the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators first round series are:
1 – Carey Price
The Hart Trophy finalist kept up his amazing play in the first round of the playoffs, which gave the Canadiens a chance to win every game. Price posted a 1.94 goals against average, .939 save percentage and picked up 1 shutout in the 6-game series. Price made huge saves when the Canadiens needed him to, and they will need him to keep up his outstanding play against the Lightning.
2 – Craig Anderson
Anderson came into this series as the backup goaltender for the Senators, after the fantastic play of rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond finally cooled down. The Sens switched to Anderson in Game 3 after they dropped the first 2 games in the series, and he made some critical saves to keep the Sens in the series. Anderson posted a 2-1-1 record, while posting the best numbers in the NHL among goalies that had at least 1 start in the playoffs. The 33-year-old netminder had a .972 save percentage, 0.97 goals against average and one shutout in must-win situations. Anderson was named 1st star of the game twice and third star once which is outstanding considering he only played 4 games in the series.
3 – Dale Weise
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native stepped up big for the Canadiens which helped them seal the deal against the Senators. Weise scored both the game-tying goal and the game-winner in overtime against the Senators in Game 3 of the series to put the Canadiens up 3 games to none. Those may have been his only 2 goals in the series but he stepped up his play defensively as well which helped the Habs move on against the Lightning in Round 2.