The Ottawa Senators an Montreal Canadiens are currently involved in what is without a doubt the most physical playoff series so far in the NHL Playoffs. That physicality went overboard on Sunday night when we got a scene right out of Slapshot when the Sens and Habs got involved in a fight that saw their entire two lines drop the gloves and start brawling.
The Senators ended up getting the last laugh as they won the game 6-1 and took a 2-1 series lead over the Habs. But we had one heck of a mess on Sunday night in Ottawa and it’s one hat the NHL will no doubt be looking into. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a strange string of games where the head office in New York seems to lose it’s mind and the measure for discipline is both heavy and wildly inconsistent.
There will no doubt be consequences for the brawl last night, and it’s not even the first time we’ve seen something like that in recent playoff hockey history. Last season the Penguins and Flyers played a very physical series and had a similar incident occur that resulted in multiple game suspensions for numerous players on both sides.
Already the series between the Habs and Sens has been marred by the bloody hit on Lars Eller and the questionable suspension that followed. The NHL may be weird when it comes to how they hand out punishment for illegal actions but they’re not stupid. This is a series they’re going to want to get a handle of quickly as this very incident was something they feared might happen.
Now that it has happened, the question is where do we go from here?