Game 31: Halak solid as Canadiens drop Sens

Canadiens’ Jaroslav
Halak  makes a save down low with Senators’ Mike
Fisher in front of him at the top of the crease at
Scotiabank Place Tuesday night.
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• At a Glance: One night after the Canadiens and Philadephia Flyers combined for 28 shots, the Canadiens allowed 46 shots against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, but still came away with the 4-1 win. Jaroslav Halak, making only his third start in a month, was outstanding in this one for Montreal, making 45 saves. His only mistake was a rebound he allowed to Mike Fisher, who scored his 13th of the season in the second period. But his teammates made sure to give him all the offensive support he would need on this night. Michael Cammalleri scored his 17th of the year after a nice pass from Tomas Plekanec, beating Brian Elliott, who faced 26 shots. Marc-André Bergeron scored the game winner in the second period during a power play. Andrei Kostitsyn scored for the second straight game, also on the power play, in the third period, and Scott Gomez added an empty-netter for his fourth goal of the season. Montreal was 2-for-3 with the man advantage.

• Key Moments:
The Canadiens were perfect again playing shorthanded, killing off all seven Ottawa power plays.

• What It Means: With a third straight win, Montreal moved above .500 with a 15-14-2 record for 32 points, the same number as the Senators, and sit in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. It’s the first time this year the Canadiens have won three straight games in regulation this season.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night before travelling to Atlanta to play the Thrashers on Saturday.

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