By Allan Muir
Peter Budaj, Michael Blunden, Jeff Halpern and Gabriel Dumont weren’t the players expected to lead the Montreal Canadiens to playoff glory.
So really, who can be surprised they didn’t?
Missing their starting goalie, their captain, one of their top forwards and a heart-and-soul winger, the half-staffed Canadiens were no match for the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. They bowed meekly, 6-1, in the decisive Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.
The Sens now await the results of the other quarter-final series, but likely will face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who took a 3-2 series lead after shutting out the New York Islanders tonight.
Some thoughts and observations on this elimination game: