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. joeybarrie says:

    The question is how much Drambuie with your Scotch???

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. punkster says:

    Strange goin’s on in here tonight.


  5. Bugs says:

    5th round pick all it would cost us now. Better him than Enqvist (or whatever). I say what the hell; throw the dice.

  6. says:

    Go Abs Go


    sniff sniff, can’t lose to these clowns on ice

    Beat the living daylights outta these bums

    Survey SAYS


    They Call Me Shane

  7. jennifer1984 says:

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


  8. Mike MacPhee says:

    No!  Never again! Not ever!

    Only a fool of a GM would even think of trading for that lazy under-achiever.

    Even thinking of the possibility makes me lose sleep.

  9. fbkj says:

    association is taking action, cant wait

  10. newbrunswick troy says:

    I,ve been in that section…loved it…best way to take a game in!!!


  11. Bugs says:

    More like his collectors, Lumpy and Joey the Fork. Very adept…teachers.

  12. aemarchand11 says:

    We’re Road tripping from Halifax, should be a great time. Thanks for the info!

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  13. ZepFan2 says:

    cranks techno at 5:30 every sunday morning…and he’s still alive??

  14. Bugs says:

    But like Kovy, that player ALSO showed up in the playoffs for us.

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Great fun. The Cheerleaders are hot… you’ll enjoy the view from there. And you should be able to see the game too!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. Bugs says:

    Second that. I’m a fat nobody WITH the links; without them…heck, can’t even bear the thought.

  17. shiram says:

    Pg would be quite astute to make Peter Forsberg an offer.

    eh but really, he seems to be practicing with the Avalanches, so i’m guessing thats where he’d sign.

  18. Girth says:

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


  19. HabFanSince72 says:

    Geroge Parros is a complete joke. He is one of the reasons hockey needs to ban fighting. The guy can barely skate, scores less than a point every 10 games (4 in 49 this year), and only ever engages in these idiotic staged fights with other goons, that always end up with him falling over.


    And he’s Don Cherry’s favourite Duck.


  20. Girth says:

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


  21. Hagar says:

    Not getting your post Bugs. Is a caucasian a drink? Are you supporting your choice over my own? Please clarify.

  22. JohnBellyful says:

    Site has new policy. Stop. Must keep comments short. Stop. Will stop now. Stop.

  23. punkster says:












  24. 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.”

  25. smiler2729 says:

    If ya ask me, and most people do, Pierre Gauthier’s trying to acquire the top five picks from that ’05 draft… We have Price, got Pouliot last season and the sights are set on Jack Johnson, Bobby Ryan and some Sidney guy. When’s Crosby a UFA?

  26. zak says:

    How many draft picks are we going to trade away.This is what calgary has done and they don’t have anyone in their system, no picks coming up, they’re up against the cap. Can’t keep trading away picks. they’re the future of the team

  27. HNS says:

    Now give your head a good shake…

  28. Girth says:

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

    Hopefully Boomer won’t be too busy tonight.

  29. Girth says:

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

    Hopefully Boomer won’t be too busy tonight.

  30. Habfan4lfe says:

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

  31. Girth says:

    I wonder what Belliveau would say about retiring #11…


    any thoughts?

  32. 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.

  33. JohnBellyful says:

    Glad to see they got the paragraph spacing glitch fixed.

  34. Bugs says:

    Ridiculous. …better to miss the playoffs… Listen to yourself, mate.

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