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Stanley Cup Stories: Habs get even, Crosby falls short

05/04/2013 04:20 EDT | Updated 07/03/2013 05:12 EDT
Carey Price took a page out of Craig Anderson's book and Sidney Crosby made an impressive return in our top Stanley Cup playoffs stories from Friday night:

1. Looks like the goalies in the Canadiens-Senators series find teeth overrated. Ottawa's Craig Anderson shrugged off a lost tooth Thursday with a stellar 48-save performance in Game 1. Then in Game 2, Montreal's Carey Price chipped two chiclets after taking a skate to the mask. But the Canadiens netminder was nonchalant as he skated to the bench and handed parts of his cracked teeth to one of the trainers. Price and the Habs went on to defeat the Senators 3-1 for the series split at the Bell Centre before heading to Ottawa for Game 3 on Sunday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).

2. After getting his own dental work done, Sidney Crosby sported extra face protection in his return to the Penguins' lineup after recovering from a broken jaw. Pittsburgh's captain scored a pair of early goals in Game 2 against the Islanders, but after that it was all New York. Kyle Okposo capped off New York's rally over the Pens, 4-3, though some say he had some help from Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

3. Senators defenceman Eric Gryba was suspended two games for his hit on Lars Eller in Game 1. NHL Department of Player Safety chief Brendan Shanahan said in his video explanation, "Gryba's route is not correct and we do not feel that he makes enough of a full body check for this hit not to qualify as an illegal check to the head." Eller spent Thursday night in the hospital with a concussion and facial and dental fractures, but the Canadiens forward returned home Friday morning.

4. Coach Randy Carlyle cracked the whip during his Maple Leafs' practice Friday afternoon, writes Tim Wharnsby. Carlyle vowed "some changes" for Game 2 as Toronto seeks their first post-season victory in nine years against the Bruins on Saturday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET). Meanwhile, the contrasting personalities between bench bosses Ken Hitchcock and Darryl Sutter make the Blues-Kings series all the more intriguing.

5. Raffi Torres's overtime showstopper against Vancouver could not have been more poetic. The Sharks forward 'burned' his former team — see the boxscore for who earned the assist (spoiler alert: it's Brent Burns) — to clinch a 3-2 victory in Game 2. The series shifts to San Jose for Game 3 Sunday (10 p.m. ET).

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