The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes from Ottawa that Canadiens captain Saku Koivu had a few near misses in Ottawa on Saturday, some luckier than others. The first near miss resulted in Andrei Markov’s goal when the puck took a Habs bounce right to the defenceman at the blue line for a one-timer.
There was disappoitment in the third period when Koivu came in on Senators goalie Martin Gerber, but was unable to beat the netminder with a backhand that went off the post.
And then there was the near fight with Patrick Eaves. Despite dropping the gloves, neither player received a fighting major and that kept Koivu’s record unblemished. Throughout his NHL career, the Finnish player has never received a fighting major.