The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens bucked the toothy trend but there was still a hero in the Senators' 3-2 overtime win.
For the second year in a row, Kyle Turris scored the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Senators' first-round series to stake the Senators to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final.
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Unlike some expected, the fisticuffs of Game 3 did not carry over to Tuesday night but the drama in this all-Canadian match-up remained.
Down 2-1 and with just 23 seconds left in regulation, the Senators' Cory Conacher poked a loose puck under Carey Price to send the game to overtime.
Then in a surprise move, Price was replaced by Peter Budaj in overtime after he was injured trying to stop a shot at the end of regulation. Price suffered a lower-body injury but there was no update from his coach, Michel Therrien, after the game.
Budaj made a couple saves before the Turris's shot hit the elbow of Habs' defenceman Raphael Diaz and went in.
Game 4 was the first time in this series a player did not lose a tooth. In the first three contests, the player who lost a tooth became the game's best player.
Tuesday night also marked the second year in a row Turris scored the overtime winner for Ottawa in Game 4 of the first round. Last April, he beat the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist from almost the same spot in the same arena.
Habs blow 2-goal lead
P.K. Subban's goal about three minutes into the second period broke a sleepy spell in the game. Last year's second overall pick, Alex Galchenyuk, then followed up a minute later to stake the Habs to a 2-0 lead with a shot over Anderson's left shoulder.
The Senators started to increase the pressure but took awhile to make it count.
Just more than halfway through the third period, Scotiabank Place came alive when Mika Zibanejad scored his first career NHL playoff goal.
That goal banked in off Zibanejad's skate. Add that to the Turris goal and Conacher's goal, which came during a massive scramble in front of the Canadiens' net and the Turris goal, and the Senators can thank lady luck for the series of bounces.
No retribution for Gryba
The Canadiens chose not to go after Senators' defenceman Eric Gryba, who returned after a two-game suspension. Gryba missed Games 2 and 3 for a blindside hit on Canadiens' centre Lars Eller.
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Instead, Montreal targetted the Senators net, including the game's first six shots on goal. Senators centre J.G. Pageau's shot more than eight minutes into the game was the first registered by Ottawa.
Montreal was missing captain Brian Gionta for the second game in this series with an upper-body injury. Ryan White, who incited the line brawl in Game 3, was also missing due to an upper-body ailment.
Senators' defenceman Patrick Wiercioch missed Game 4 with an injury, as well, and he was replaced by Gryba.
Also on Thursday, Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk hosted the family of a girl who was sent home because she would only wear an Ottawa Senators jersey, not a Montreal Canadiens jersey, to her private school on Habs' spirit day.
The series returns to Montreal for Game 5 on Thursday.