After getting under the skin of the Senators all series long, Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher delivered the blow that eliminated Ottawa from the post-season by batting a puck out of midair with his backhand. Gallagher’s first period tally was the only goal of the game, as Montreal won 1-0 to take the series 4-2.
Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher has been a thorn in the side of the Ottawa Senators throughout the entire first round, so leave it to him to score the series-winning goal in spectacular fashion.
There was no score through nearly the entire first period, but with little more than 6:30 left in the frame, Gallagher drove the net, was hit with a shot then, with the puck just above his waste, he batted it out of midair while spinning away from the net:
Gallagher’s goal wasn’t just the first marker of Game 6, it was the one that put Montreal into the second round. His marker stood as the game-winner and is the tally that finally closed out the first-round series for the Canadiens.
After winning the first three games and taking a 3-0 series lead, Ottawa had clawed back to take the next two games and was pushing to deadlock the series at three apiece and send it to a decisive Game 7. Instead, Gallagher’s goal stopped the Senators’ comeback dead in its tracks and ended the season for Ottawa following what was one of the most unbelievable runs into the post-season in NHL history.