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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


  1. adam76 says:

    bahahahahahahaha.  Don;t be such a puckbunny – oh wait just saw your site, never mind.

    Fans without permanently installed rose colored glasses, thought this team would be challenging for a playoff spot – not to win the devision.

  2. aemarchand11 says:

    Hammer is awesome, I feel the same way.

    Go Habs Go!

  3. LA Loyalist says:

    AK was the decoy on 2 of the goals, if he wasn’t a threat with the puck then the D and Goalie would have adjusted differently.

    Oh darn, I’m talking about The Intangibles. Coming to a theatre near you this Christmas.

  4. LA Loyalist says:

    Theoretically I’m against shootouts because they make the O/T look like a joke and I think they cheapen the team concept of the game.

    But in actuality they can be DANG EXCITING – the Ducks/Edmonton one last night was unbelievable and seeing 19 year old kid Fowler play the shot like Cool Hand Luke was special.

    So it’s  a tough call. I think I would either go back to having ties, which are often an honest and respresentative outcome of a match, or skip the O/T and go straight to the S/O

    But whatever Gary does, it will be so wrong.

  5. LA Loyalist says:

    Beating Ottawa right now is like beating an AHL team, sorry. It’s necessary and I’m dang glad they did it, after having mailed it in lately against quite few struggling teams. 

    You can make your editorial pronouncements after we play Detroit, a much better test of where we are in Gary Bettman’s universe. I was at the game in LA last Saturday (v Detroit) and they are impressive and deep. This will be very useful to see.


    New ‘dynamic’ tagline: “Koivu has 10 goals, Gomez has 3 – one off his ass – oh, but wait ‘The Intangibles’ — coming to a theatre near you this Christmas.

  6. Bugs says:

    In Ottawa, where everything I said about’m doesn’t apply.

    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:

  7. blu3chip says:

    So you think players don’t do anything outside the two or three 60 minutes game a week? Really? You assume they only drink beer and watch tv when there is no game?

  8. says:

    Anyone who knows hockey.


    They Call Me Shane

  9. Nahlsy says:

    *raises his hand* There was NEVER any reason to doubt the goalie on this team. Any struggles they’ve had in the past year or two have been with putting the puck in the right net, not keeping it out of their own. Price allowed more than 3 goals in regulation only 4 times all year last year. Compared to say Halak, Luongo, Fleury, Brodeur etc who were all in double digits. Problem was the Habs scored 1 or fewer goals worth of offense to help him out on something like 18 of his 40 games … ie nearly half of his games required him to post a shutout to get the win.

  10. The Cat says:

    Ottawas been playing like garbage though. When you look in retrospect, it seems Patrick Lalime has been their best ever goalie.


    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  11. MTLForever says:

    I was just pointing out that even ridiculous Mcguire noticed Subban needs to be in the line up 🙂

  12. Da Hema says:

    I find it interesting that the Habs play a solid game, get a win against a divisional opponent, and there are only a little more than 120 comments here. The thread on Subban’s benching, though, has over 300. Does anyone actually support the team anymore?


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

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

  13. Hagar says:

    Personally, I’m missing the shootouts this season. I find them exciting despite what the detractors say. Ah well, we’re winning.

  14. Hagar says:

    Yup. He’s been consistently awesome. Definitely our MVP so far.

  15. andrewberkshire says:

    The Montreal Canadiens have more regulation wins than any team in the NHL.

  16. HabFanSince72 says:

    Sid on the other hand, doesn’t terrify much of anyone in the NHL.

    Not sure about that. Sure Ovie can check you hard, but a well placed word from Sid to the referee and you’re in the box for two min.

  17. andrewberkshire says:

    And only one of them is actually an effective hockey player. And he plays in Anaheim.

  18. 134 says:

    And Gomez will have to switch back to his #91? Maybe that’ll get him out of his slump… 😉

  19. HabFanSince72 says:

    Saku’s moved on. Have you read the interviews? He doesn’t miss us.

    Admittedly there’s a difference between Southern California and Kanata, Ont., but of our two ex-captains still playing there’s only one who really wishes he was still here.

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    I agree it’s time for PK to come in from the cold but “McGuire said …” is not a good argument.

  21. light_n_tasty says:

    At the deadline we could afford Koivu and Kovalev.  Cammy-Koivu-Kovalev for a second line?  Gomez, of course, would have to give up the #11.

  22. Da Hema says:

    My intention never was to draw such a complete distinction between team and individual success. By the standard of individuality I more than concede Ovechkin is a fine player. By the twin standards of individual leadership and the ability to make players around him better (i.e., team success), Gretzky and Crosby are in one of those rare classes by themselves.

    Ovechkin has not distinguished himself as a team leader when it matters either on or off the ice. If you can prove this statement false, feel free to do so.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

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

  23. rocketsglare says:

    Great team win tonight. Now, it’s own to Detroit. I am curious how this team stacks up against the Red Wings.

    I have a feeling that the Habs are going to give Detroit all they can handle and then some. Just a feeling. Can’t

    wait for Friday’s tilt.


    Go Habs Go!



  24. Hagar says:

    It’s pretty clear. Read it again.

  25. Nahlsy says:

    By the logic expressed in this thread, Kirk Maltby >> Marcel Dionne because Maltby’s been on 4 Cup winners and Dionne never won it. I don’t think you’d find anyone that would agree with such a statement though.

  26. Nahlsy says:

    So if I added properly, Price has played 13 games in the past month (since November 7th) and has only allowed more than 1 goal in 4 of those games. Not too shabby!

  27. MTLForever says:

    That powerplay was terrible and then getting the 4min one, only to take a penalty ourselves? If Subban isn’t in the line up against Detroit then I think Martin is completely blind. Even Mcguire said Subban has to be playing next game after the PP performance.

  28. 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.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

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

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