Report Card for Montreal Canadiens' 1st-Round Playoff Defeat Against Ottawa

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Report Card for Montreal Canadiens' 1st-Round Playoff Defeat Against Ottawa
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The Montreal Canadiens salute the Bell Centre crowd after losing against the Ottawa Senators.

The Montreal Canadiens’ first-round series against the Ottawa Senators ended not in disappointment, but disaster. That the series-clinching 6-1 defeat wasn’t the first Habs loss by that same score is unfortunately representative of their overall effort through the five-game series.

There’s little denying the Game 4 loss, in which the team gave up a two-goal third-period lead, was the turning point in the series. Had the Habs not given up the game-tying goal in the dying seconds and won, the series would have been tied 2-2 heading back to Montreal.

However, backup Peter Budaj, stepping in cold for a struggling and injured Carey Price, let in a floater in overtime to negate what, up until the midway point of the third period, had been the Habs’ best game of the series.

Credit is no doubt due to the “Pesky Sens” for their resolve. However, they didn’t so much win the series as the Habs did lose it. With that, here are letter grades for the Habs’ special teams, offense, defense and goaltending over the course of the embarrassing defeat.

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