Game 48: Canadiens score touchdown on Sens

Canadiens’ Carey Price makes a glove save on Senators’ Bobby Butler during the first period on Friday night. Andre
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AUDIO: Carey Price | Tomas Plekanec | Max Pacioretty | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: For the second time in three games, the Canadiens jumped out to a commanding lead on an opponent, but this time they never let up and won 7-1 over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. The Canadiens struck early in each period, with Benoit Pouliot scoring 1:53 into the opening period when he was sent in alone by Mathieu Darche. Tomas Plekanec scored his first of the game 3:45 into the period when he was left alone in the slot and fired a shot past Mike Brodeur. The Senators got one back before the game was 10 minutes old when Chris Kelly tapped a puck into an open net after a nice pass from Chris Campoli. But unlike Monday night againt the Calgary Flames, the Canadiens didn’t let the Senators back into this game, scoring three more times in the second period. Brian Gionta scored his 16th of the season when he accepted a pass from behind the net by Scott Gomez only 1:12 into the second period. Max Pacioretty, who left Tuesday’s game in Buffalo after taking a slapshot to the ribs, scored a power-play goal 5:33 into the period, chasing Brodeur from the net. Brian Elliott didn’t do much better as Plekanec scored his second of the game when he blocked a shot at the Canadiens blue line and went in alone on Elliott 11:27 into the period. Only 2:18 into the third period, Andrei Kostitsyn gathered a rebound and flipped a shot from a bad angle into the top corner over a sprawled Elliott. P.K. Subban scored his fifth of the season with about seven minutes to play with a blistering slapshot from the point during a power play. Carey Price made 33 saves for his league-leading 24th win of the season. It’s the second time this season that the Canadiens have scored seven goals in a game, beating Carolina 7-2 on Nov. 13.

• Key Moments: Up 5-1, the Canadiens killed off a 5-on-3 disadvantage late in the second period and early in the third, thus eliminating any thought the Senators might have had of mounting a comeack.

• What It Means: Montreal improves to 27-17-4 for 58 points, jumping back into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the New York Rangers, who have played one more game. Montreal is also one point behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are back in Montreal Saturday night to take on the Anaheim Ducks, marking the return of former captain Saku Koivu. Montreal then plays the Philadelphis Flyers on Tuesday before having nearly a week off during the NHL All-Star break before taking on the Washington Capitals on Feb. 1.


  1. slapshot777 says:

    Great game, by the boys. Got to give Patches a ton of credit for coming right back and playing the next game after what looked in Buffalo like he was gone for a few weeks. White and Engqvist didn’t look out of place. Ak46 looks like he is going to go on a tear. Pouliot, nice job of coming back to the lineup and scoring. I know we are not going to score 7 goals every night (would be nice) but that’s the kind of contibution we are going to have to get with key players out.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  2. Duracell3 says:

    I believe he is referring to the guy who currently puts it on. Sometimes I see it and forget what year it is for a second, let down every time.

    As for retirement, I am more of a Saku Koivu fan than I am a Montreal Canadiens fan so my opinion may be mute. I highly doubt they ever would, a co-retirement with Muller maybe at the most.

  3. jennifer1984 says:

    way to go White….! toe to toe against Lee.


  4. Girth says:

    It’s 5M over 2 years for this and next season…


  5. Girth says:

    It’s 5M over 2 years for this and next season…


  6. Bugs says:

    He would say “Let’s have him play up to his 7.3 mil contract for the next coupla years, THEN we can talk about retirin’m.”

  7. HNS says:

    Now give your head a good shake…

  8. Girth says:

    2 games in 2 nights…  2 times in 6 days…

    Hopefully Boomer won’t be too busy tonight.

  9. Habfan4lfe says:

    Well latest I have is that he’s in the lineup. Don’t know where you read that.

  10. Girth says:

    I wonder what Belliveau would say about retiring #11…


    any thoughts?

  11. HNS says:

    I’m with u on this one, Kovy is still awesome when he shows up. And it’s no secret he’d like to be back here.

  12. Bogie Man says:

    looks like Hal Gill is out for undisclosed reasons. This is reported by TSN. I am wondering what size of a bag of pucks we can get for him?

  13. observer says:

    most people in montreal secretly feel sorry for the leafs so those games here always sell out.

  14. observer says:

    crosby will never leave pittsburgh unless one day he ends up hurt like bobby orr was.

  15. punkster says:

    Problems up there during Loaf games include fights, beer showers, heavy security presence and so much crap you can’t enjoy the game.


  16. PeterD says:

    I’d be happy with either Bieksa or Ehrhoff…I doubt they would move Edler he’s only 24…but the chances they will try to move Salo cause of his advanced age and UFA next year.

  17. smiler2729 says:

    Sami Salo is injured – he broke wind… yuk yuk yuk

  18. Bill J says:

    In your sentence, “ALSO” does not belong.

    AK27’s playoff performances for MTL were NOT that impressive.

    Cammalleri last season for example, now THAT is what is called “showing up for the playoffs”



  19. Mattyleg says:

    I love the rumours that come up every time we play a team.

    So on Saturday, who’s it going to be… hmm… the choices are limited seeing as how former Habs make up 1/3 of their roster… hmm…. “The Lube” Visnovski and George Parros! For Moen and AK and a ‘happy ending’ at Chez Paree.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. habs365 says:

    not to worry..kovy had his Habs days…

  21. habs365 says:

    not to worry..kovy had his Habs days…

  22. joeybarrie says:

    No Skinny…. But Phillips would not be a terrible addition to our team. He would play in Gorges spot as a shut down D. 3.5 million and UFA next season. Depends on what we would have to give up, but it would make us a better team this year. Wouldn’t want to give up anything more than a few 3rd or 4th round picks…

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

  23. GrimJim says:

    Yeah, That’s the cheerleader zone, so every break in the action the cheerleaders are getting the crowd to make noise of some sort. It’s pretty fun. The cheap Summit seats this year were in the Ex zone.

  24. Bugs says:

    Was reading a CBC preview and there was mention of Habs interested in Chris Phillips?

    Anyone got some skinny on that?

  25. J_P says:

    We have a few of those actually.

  26. fbkj says:

    lol yeah a mob of st-lambert stuck up french ladies, not saying being unable to tollerate this kids behavior would constitute as being stuck up but uh… yeah

  27. J_P says:

    I doubt he would go anywhere other than the Avs or Flyers anyway.


    I doubt he’ll be able to make a successful comeback.  He should just hang em up already.  Cant see him being even remotely effective in anything other than 3rd line duty on the wing with some second unit powerplay time. 

  28. fbkj says:

    heh i dont live in a crack area

    actually are there crack areas in montreal? i dont know anybody who got into crack and i know some messed up people… im probably just lucky

  29. ZepFan2 says:

    haha sounds like a mob thing. “Sic em boys”.

  30. Hagar says:

    I knew a guy that sold drugs from his house. He had crack 4 sale sign on his front lawn. He’s still in business.

  31. secretdragonfly says:

    According to TSN, Peter Forsberg may be making a comeback  – can we please try to refrain from any “PG would be crazy not to make an offer” drivel, hmmm?

  32. fbkj says:

    im guessing the fact he has no day job, a new car every week and cranks techno at 5:30 every sunday morning

  33. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    How do you know he sells X? Bought some?  =)

  34. zak says:

    We already have a guy not earning what we paying him

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