Canadiens vs. Senators Game 3 Recap: Ottawa routs Montreal in fight-filled 3rd

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The intensity of a physical playoff series boiled over in one of the craziest periods in modern post-season history.

Wow, what a finish.

The third period began with the Ottawa Senators leading the Montreal Canadiens by a single goal. One minute into the final frame rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his second goal of the game to put the Senators up 3-1:


The Senators would score again in the third to move to a 4-1 lead, and then things got ugly:




A flurry of fights brought the game to a halt and depleted both benches:

and must have been exhausting for the person in charge of keeping track of penalties:


Out of all the madness in the period, the single event most likely to garner league review was this blatant elbow from Montreal's Rene Bourque:


Bourque only recieved two minutes for roughing on the play, but that's probably only because the officials were exhausted at this point.

Prior to all the fights, this game was all about Pageau, who set a new franchise record for the Senators:

And as time wound down in a game that had gone off the trails, Pageau completed his hat trick:



The Senators won the game by a final score of 6-1.

The next game in this series is on Tuesday, and it promises to be exciting.

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