First, the Senators drew blood Thursday night.

Then, they smelled it.

Had it not been for an outstanding effort with 48 stops from goalie Craig Anderson, the result might have been different. But the Senators pulled out to a 1-0 lead in their first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-2 victory Thursday.

While all the post-game talk will surround the controversial hit rookie defenceman Eric Gryba laid on Habs winger Lars Eller in the second period at the Bell Centre, the Senators got up off the mat to come back from a 2-1 third-period deficit.

Marc Methot scored the winner, Erik Karlsson had a two-point effort while Guillaume Latendresse and Jakob Silfverberg also chipped in. Only Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque were able to beat the unflappable Anderson.

Silfverberg tied it up at 3:27 of the third, while Methot fired a shot from the point by Carey Price at 5:20. Latendresse scored with 6:05 left to put it away. There were concerns about Price before this game and he didn't do anything to alleviate them.

"It was great," said Methot. "We had to keep it together in that third period and I think we did. Andy, what can you say? I've been saying it since the start of the season. He's great for us. He's a machine back there, he just keeps going and going."

Making his playoff debut, Gryba will end up having a date with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Gryba caught Eller with a blindside hit with six minutes left in the second and the score tied 1-1. Commissioner Gary Bettman was also on hand.

Bourque called the hit "dirty."

"It's not fun when you see your teammate like that," said Montreal's Raphael Diaz, who made the pass to Eller that resulted in the hit by Gryba. Eller is in hospital with a head injury, facial fractures and dental fractures.