Senators Lose 2-1 to Canadiens

The refs didn’t waste anytime affecting the flow of this afternoon’s game between the Habs & Sens.  Just 24 seconds in, Tomas Plekanec was called for goaltender interference and Ottawa was on the power-play.  1:14 seconds later, Patrick Weircioch saw Jakob Silfverberg hopping the boards and sprinting towards the Habs zone, sending him in alone with a wicked stretch pass.  One top shelfed shot later and it was 1-0 Senators.

But hold on as the red-hot Habs wasted no time getting back into the game.  Only 35 seconds passed when David Desharnais slipped one through Craig Anderson and it was all tied up. Then, just as a Daniel Alfredsson penalty expired, Erik Cole found himself alone in front, backhanding the puck by Anderson and it was 2-1 Habs after one period.

It looked as though the Senators tied the game in the third.  A point shot from Andre Benoit found its way past Carey Price, sneaking through a crowd in front.  However, the referees began pointing to Jakob Silfverberg and the officials opened the penalty box door. Instead of a tie game, Silfverberg was called for goaltender interference and the Habs continued to lead 2-1.  Replay after replay showed that Carey Price moved into Silfverberg rather than the other way around….a bad call and one that ended up costing the Senators at least 1 point.

2-1 was the final as the Senators just couldn’t find a way to beat Carey Price more than once.  Craig Anderson continued his string of not being scored on beyond the first period, 8 games into the season.  Erik Karlsson had a terrific game despite not registering a point, playing 32:08 and recording 7 shots.

Paul MacLean (video)

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