Game 49: Habs let it slip away vs. Senators

Canadiens goalie Carey Price lets in a goal by Senators’ Zack Smith during first period Saturday night. Christinne Musch, Reuters

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• AUDIO: Andrei Markov | Mike Cammalleri | Brian Gionta | Benoit Pouliot | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Canadiens missed a chance to move up the standings on Saturday night as the Ottawa Senators scored two quick goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead and held on for the 4-2 win. Carey Price, making his second straight start, did not look sharp on any of the three goals he allowed. Zack Smith scored his first NHL goal shorthanded 11:26 into the first period with a perfectly placed shot to Price’s blocker side. Benoit Pouliot got that one back 12:49 into the period just after the power play ended. It was Pouliot’s eighth goal of the season and his sixth with the Canadiens. Montreal took a 2-1 lead early in the second when Tomas Plekanec scored at the 2:05 mark, beating Mike Brodeur from an awkward angle. But the Senators got two quick goals from Daniel Alfredsson, in his first game back from an injury, and Chris Phillips. Mike Fisher scored into an empty net to seal the win. Brodeur, coming off a 2-0 shutout of the Rangers, stopped 30 of 32 Montreal shots, while Price made 24 saves on 27 shots.

• Key Moments: Montreal was 0-for-6 on the power play against the Senators, although their two goals did come seconds after the end of Ottawa penalties. The Senators couldn’t score on their two chances with the man advanatge.

• What It Means:
The Canadiens remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference despite the loss with a 23-22-4 record and 50 points.

• What’s Next: Montreal gets right back at it on Sunday night in the Big Apple against the Rangers. The Canadiens then play the Blues at home on Wednesday before travelling to New Jersey to play the Devils on Jan.22, then back home to the Rangers on Jan. 23.

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