Game 28: Habs breeze over Senators

Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec congratulates goalie Carey Price following Montreal’s 4-1 Bell Centre win Tuesday night.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

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POSTGAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Jeff Halpern | Mike Cammalleri | Carey Price | Brian Gionta | Josh Gorges | Roman Hamrlik

PAT HICKEY
The Gazette

Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern was asked to play a larger role after centre Scott Gomez left the game with a lower-body injury, and the veteran met the challenge, scoring the game-winning goal in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Halpern snapped a 1-1 deadlock when linemate Maxim Lapierre forced a turnover and sent Halpern into the clear. He gained a step on Senators defenceman Chris Campoli and showed great patience as he waited for Pascal Leclaire to go down before he lifted the puck over the goaltender at 2:18 of the third period.

Montreal played the last half of the game without Gomez, who suffered a lower-body injury on his first shift of the second period and left for treatment. He came back for one more shift and then shut it down for the evening.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said Gomez’s condition will be evaluated Wednesday.

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta added an insurance goal at 10:01 of
the third period when he poked the puck away from Ottawa defenceman
Filip Kuba in the Canadiens’ zone and beat Leclaire with a shot off the
rush. It was his ninth goal of the season and he tied Tomas Plekanec,
Michael Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn for the team lead.

Gionta
also picked up an assist when Roman Hamrlik knocked the puck into the
net after it bounced off the helmet of goaltender Brian Elliott, who
came in when Leclaire left the game briefly with a skate problem.

It
was the third win in a row for the Canadiens, who are third in the
Eastern Conference with 38 points, and it was goaltender Carey Price’s
league-leading 17th win. Price made 27 saves.

For the Senators, it was their ninth loss in their last 12 games.

The
Canadiens dominated the first period, but Ottawa escaped with a 1-1 tie
when Nick Foligno scored on a power play with nine seconds left in the
frame. Foligno took a cross-ice pass from centre Jason Spezza and beat
Price with a 30-foot shot along the ice.

The Canadiens, who outshot
the Senators 13-6, also took advantage of a power play for their goal.
Leclaire made a stop on 15-footer by Cammalleri, but Cammalleri scored
on the rebound of his own shot at 9:09 for his ninth goal of the season.

Neither
team was able to score in the second period as Montreal squandered a
golden opportunity when Chris Kelly was assessed a major penalty for
pushing Yannick Weber’s head into the boards. The Canadiens’ best
scoring chance came late in the power play, but Leclaire stopped
Alexandre Picard’s shot from the blue-line and then thwarted Roman
Hamrlik on the rebound.

The Canadiens’ ineffectiveness on the power
play drew some boos and there were chants for rookie defenceman P.K.
Subban, who was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.

139 Comments

  1. Da Hema says:

    I cannot understand what precisely your point about Gretzky intends to demonstrate. Gretzky won three Stanley Cups, and a host of international tournaments representing Canada. Gretzky, like Crosby now, proudly represents what is best about Canada. Neither Gretzky nor Crosby ever did anything but be fine ambassadors to the game. Ovechkin is more like Nikita Khrushchev–a raw and crude kind of Russian peasant.

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  2. habs11s says:

    I dunno,  TSN is the ‘hype machine’ of the NHL, they’ll have a report if PK misses a bowel movement or if PK has sharpened his skates recently.  Like earlier in the season they had a report that PK was moved to the 3rd defensive pair.

     

    Unrelated to PK, Lar Eller is a beast.  Quick feet, bulldog attitude (no pun intended) and determination. 

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  3. Habs.Prophet says:

    I dearly hope that the Habs don’t alienate PK Subban.  Subban is an integral part of the Habs Prophecy and if he ends up forsaking the Habs, or Habs forsake him, I will cry myself to sleep. 

     

  4. Timo says:

    I liked Tom too… And yes, 5 minute major PP was terrible. Don’t want to hear anymore how Weber can be a good QB on the powerplay.

  5. Hagar says:

    Is that all you’ve got? You can do Sid better than that.

  6. Say Ash says:

    I think the lacklustre 9 minutes of PP in the second will be the tipping point for Subban. And I get excited about Hammer and Halpern scoring, too. Dunno why.

    Seeing Tom the Bomb get one tonight also made me smile.

  7. Hagar says:

    The standard isn’t team victory. How many times did Gretzky win the cup when he was off the Oiler’s dynasty? I believe they won another cup w/o him as well. I guess the league retired his jersey for nothing.

  8. Bugs says:

    But they can talk about that ALL YEAR is my point.

    Little variety never hurt anybody and the opportunity (Soobie sittin) may never occur again.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  9. Say Ash says:

    LOL

    He would have won it last year too had he not been suspended.” Ah, those silly multiple offender rules getting in the Great Eight’s way…

     

  10. habs11s says:

    Easy choice, Gomez not playing up to contract.  I know it’s like beating a dead horse, but atleast the discussion is justified.  Big contract SHOULD equal big numbers, but sitting a rookie who has made too many ‘rookie mistakes’ is just protocol. 

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  11. samTHEman says:

    ya you would think they would actually talk about their team considering how rare they win haha

  12. Timo says:

    Good boring win. I don’t know what it is but it makes me feel good when Hammer scores. He doesn’t get enough credit imho and he is a great veteran to have on D. Anyway… he is one of the good guys as far as I am concerned. Halpern scoring was another great highlight of the game. Eller was good, Price solid, and AK although haven’t contributed on the score sheet was a workhorse. But Gorges looks banged up. Rest him for a couple of game, JM… don’t be a a$$. Put PK back in, let Gorges rest and then end this whole Weber sorry experiment. 

    Anyway… good win. I enjoyed the game. On to Deeee-troit. 

  13. Hagar says:

    Well…to be partial to Ovie for a moment…Ovie has beat Crosby several times in the scoring race. He’s absolutely rolf-stomped him several times in the goal scoring race. He would have won it last year too had he not been suspended. Now, I’m not some nutty guy that’s overly fixated on how many goals a guy can score as the sole measure of their value as a hockey player, but…if you pull me over & get me really really drunk, I will concede that a goal is SLIGHTLY more valuable than an assist. Ovie will deck people too and is not afraid of the rough stuff. So he’s got that to round out his package as well (this might not work to his advantage over the long run, but that’s another story). Sid on the other hand, doesn’t terrify much of anyone in the NHL. Individuals matter and are sometimes essential. The fact remains though that teams win cups and gold medals & not individuals (one possible exception to this rule might be Patrick Roy, who was a deity). Team victories are definitely one of the worst ways to try & measure individual excellence.

  14. terrygain says:

    Injured? Don’t tell me I missed something. Well, if true,  there’s a first for everything. 

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  15. Say Ash says:

    What he said.

  16. Propwash says:

    Well, to me, the guy paid his dues in Montreal, and if/when the team makes it to the big show, it’s only fitting to see him hoist the cup. That being said, he still has oomph in him,  and could probably fit into the system the team has going now.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  17. samTHEman says:

    he’s takin those small super steps. i know who can give pleky the puck. [insert gomez joke here]

     

    Cammalleri hat trick tonight…he is on

  18. Bugs says:

    Your choice for TSN panel discussion: Soobie sittin or Gomie not playin up to contract.

    Gotta pick one; which is it?

    And before you answer, consider that one of those situations surely won’t last.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  19. Da Hema says:

    That was succinctly stated. Ovechkin can be fun to watch, but if the standard is team victory then Ovechkin’s value drops significantly. In fact, what is so undesirable–almost repugnant–about Ovechkin is how he wilts under pressure and takes out his frustrations on teammates and even fans (recall his encounter with fans in Vancouver after his Olympic-sized on-ice embarrassment). I have a hard time understanding how hockey fans would even suggest Ovechkin is a better player than Crosby, but then again one of the most-commented threads on this site was the one on whether the Canadiens should try to get Kovalev–who is a poor man’s Ovechkin in so many relevant ways.

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    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  20. joeybarrie says:

    Hopefully Saku is loving his time in Anaheim. He should probably be left to create something there. HOWEVER, how great would it be to have him finish his career here in Montreal. I just don’t know if we have room for him past this season… I don’t know how much I would like it to see him playing on our 3rd line.

    That all being said, I would welcome him back in the wink of a young girls eye…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  21. MTLForever says:

    “white”

  22. MTLForever says:

    yup heard that one and my buddies and i all looked at each other when it happened. gotta watch it there panger

  23. habs11s says:

    Dear TSN,

     

    Please shut up about Subban sitting in the press box, hes a f’n rookie who screwed up, end of story.  I’d rather listen to how much better the leafs are now that they won 2 games in a row then talk about benching PK

    Thank you,

    P.S. no you can not add PK to your panel of ‘experts’ if he sits any longer

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  24. Propwash says:

    Reeeeeaaaally stupid question, I’ve been drinking so bear with me…….

    Is it possible to pick up Koivu again seeing the team has cap space, he’s 2.5 mil.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  25. Hagar says:

    Refine his game…in the pressbox? lol

  26. Say Ash says:

    What’s Ovie proved, exactly? Crosby has a Cup and a golden goal.

  27. adamkennelly says:

    woops on Darren Panger – he picked the wrong time to have a trouble with a word…comparing PK  to Alex Pietrangleo…..anyone else watching – see if you caught it…its nothing for sure but man, was that bad timing…

     

     

  28. christophor says:

    Back to a topic from a couple days back:

    I don’t think this team can pick up Jason Arnott at the trade deadline. It would cause too much confusion for me! He’s just a less bald Auld! If the two had hats on, I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8459429#&navid=nhl-keymatch

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467913#&navid=nhl-keymatch

    I already sometimes catch myself wondering why Auld is a rink-side reporter for HNIC:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/440556-twelve-women-who-pioneered-the-era-of-female-sports-broadcasters/page/10

    Imagine Arnott and Auld in Habs uni’s being interviewed by her. MADNESS! It just can’t be…


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