Senators’ Bobby Ryan ends scoring drought, gets Ottawa on the board first in Game 5 against Habs

Senators star winger Bobby Ryan didn’t have his best regular season and didn’t have a point in Ottawa’s first four playoff games against Montreal. But he helped atone for that in Game 5 by scoring the game’s first goal. It wasn’t pretty, but he and the Sens will take it.

Senators right winger Bobby Ryan had a tough regular season – his 18 goals are the lowest number in a full year since his first one in 2008-09 – and he failed to register a point in Ottawa’s first four first-round playoff games against Montreal. But in Game 5, with the Sens again facing elimination, Ryan scored his first post-season goal Friday on a low-odds shot to give his team the game’s first lead.

The Sens and Canadiens were approaching the halfway point of the first period when Ottawa winger Mark Hoffman carried the puck into Montreal’s zone and passed it to Ryan. He fired a wrist shot from near the top of the circle at Habs star goalie Carey Price – and because of the traffic in front of Price, it snuck by him:

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The goal was Ryan’s 11th career playoff goal and his first as a member of the Senators. More importantly, it helped the Sens jump out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and push them that much closer to forcing a sixth game Sunday in Ottawa.