In late March, Sidney Crosby’s slash to the glove of Senators’ defenseman Mark Methot yielded a bloody, painful mess. In effect filleting the top of his finger, the video went viral, serving up a money shot of Methot taking off his glove to reveal a most unfortunate injury.
The slash yielded no penalty (should have been a major due to injury), or supplementary discipline (this is, after all, Sid Crosby). Fans were reminded of the fact that slashing without penalty is so curiously common.
Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, however, it was Methot who laughed last, at least for now. His goal at 10:34 of the first period turned out to be the game-winner, a gritty effort during which he got his own rebound. Later in the period, Methot helped put the game out of reach, clearing the puck from his own end, getting the puck off the glass and up-ice, earning an assist on Zack Smith’s wraparound goal that got Marc-Andre Fleury pulled in favor of Matt Murray.
The sweetest revenge of all belonged to Senators coach Guy Boucher, who saw his club labeled “boring” and his ability to coach offense questioned throughout the hockey media and by fans after the Senators fell, 1-0 in Game 2 at Pittsburgh, the series evened during a contest in which Ottawa went as much as 19 minutes without a shot on net. The team’s ability to spend time in the offensive zone was almost non-existent.
Wednesday, that all changed for Boucher, who insisted that since his defensemen were active and engaged, the hockey world would see that his scheme did indeed involve a heavy forecheck. Game 3 proved Boucher right as the Senators hammered the Penguins to the tune of 4-0 after 18:18, finishing the night with a 5-1 victory.
Ottawa’s J-G Pageau and Mark Stone went 26-7 in the faceoff dot, where the Senators ruled the day (65% team faceoff efficiency).
Game 4 is Sunday in Ottawa.
March 23, 2017: Sidney Crosby slashes Mark Methot’s glove, bloody finger injury follows:
Game 3, Eastern Conference Final:
Methot takes a feed from Bobby Ryan, shoots, gets own rebound. Goal puts Ottawa up, 2-0 mid-way through the first period, turns out to be the game-winner in 5-1 victory: