Sens Lose 4-1

Check out the highlights!  http://video.thescore.com/watch/canadiens-4-senators-1

I think most Senator fans would agree that while most Ottawa vs Montreal games are important due to the rivalry and the fact they are in the same division, this one seemed to have…just that much more importance as the Senators needed to prove to themselves that things were turning around.  It didn’t get off to a good start as Daniel Alfredsson would turn the puck over to Mike Cammalleri on the PP, giving the Habs a 1-0 lead.  But with 9 seconds left in the period, Nick Foligno took a beauty pass from Jason Spezza and scored a PP goal of his own, tying the game at 1 and giving Foligno his first REAL goal of the season. (His actual 1st was off an Oiler defenceman)

The second period would be centered around 2 Senator penalties.  At 8:46, Chris Kelly hit Yannick Weber from behind and it was determined by the referee that it warranted a 5 minute call.  The Sens were aggressive and were able to kill it off, gaining momentum and escaping possible disaster.  However, at 17:38, Mike Fisher would get the nub of his stick into the visor of a Habs player, resulting in a 4 minute powerplay for the Canadiens.  The Sens once again were able to kill off the majority of the penalty before Alex Picard took a tripping penalty, negating the man advantage and ending the period.

It didn’t take long for the Habs to take control in the third.  After killing what remained of the Picard penalty, Jeff Halpern brought the puck into the Sens zone, forced Pascal Leclaire to make the first move, then shot it in the wide open net to put the Habs up 1.  Later, after Filip Kuba fanned on taking a shot, Brian Gionta took the puck the length of the ice and beat Leclaire high to put the Canadiens up 3-1.  The bad news would continue for the Senators as with about 4 minutes left, Pascal Leclaire was forced to leave the ice with what looked like a leg injury.  Surprisingly, it would be reported that it was only a broken skate.  Of course, the Habs were able to add to their lead as Roman Hamrlik batted one in after it had bounced off the head of Brian Elliott. 

4-1 was the final, marking the 3rd time in 4 matchups that the Habs were able to defeat the Senators.  The Senators looked to fall back into their bad habits and did not compete at the same level they did on Sunday afternoon.  The defence in particular looked particularly soft, and in my opinion, were mostly responsible for the poor result.

The Senators next game is against the Rangers at home on Thursday.

Cory Clouston

https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=bb3ce37226e5a2ae44064cf739828d69a1f81f7fd34b39f7c

Pascal Leclaire

https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=90d00c550a35f5208c087def4763fa3490a0c1085b17afb11

Alex Kovalev

https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=60236e9b0ecd9f0dfbada4918e5d7929b051edaaf2b472aed

Video of Clouston, Alfredsson & Leclaire

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=86463

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