Fifty shots is usually enough to win a hockey game, but apparently not when Craig Anderson is in goal.

Anderson made 48 saves and the Ottawa Senators staged a third-period comeback to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in the opening game of the first playoff series to be played between the geographic rivals.

The Canadiens set team playoff records with 27 shots in the second period and 50 overall in what was a losing cause mostly because Anderson outplayed Montreal goalie Carey Price, who stopped 27 shots at the other end.

"What can you say? Andy's our MVP," said defenceman Marc Methot, who scored the game-winning goal. "He's a machine back there. He just keeps going and going. We're lucky to have him in the net."

The Senators will take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final going into Game 2 on Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET).

The Canadiens will be without one of their hottest forwards, centre Lars Eller, who was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher bleeding heavily from the face and taken to hospital. He suffered a concussion, as well as fractures to his face and teeth, after an open-ice hit from Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba.

Eller had taken an ill-considered pass up the middle from Raphael Diaz when he was flattened by Gryba with a hit that the NHL is likely to review for further discipline. He was given a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.

"It was a hockey play," said Ottawa coach Paul MacLean. "Our guy hit him, but Player 61 [Diaz] is the guy to blame."

"I can't comment," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien.