Game 54: Habs hold on to close gap on Sens

Canadiens defenceman Mark Streit celebrates with teammate Alexei Kovalev after his second-period goal on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Pierre Obendrauf, Gazette

Updated by The Gazette’s Kevin Mio

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It was a lot closer than it had to be, but the Canadiens managed to hold on for a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night.

Ottawa jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Chris Kelly scored only 2:42 into the game after Cristobal Huet mishandled the puck behind his net.

But the Habs rallied after that with goals by Andrei Kostitsyn, on the power play, and Tomas Plekanec before the first period was over to grab a 2-1 lead.

Mark Streit padded the Montreal lead when he scored with a slap shot that whistled over Martin Gerber’s shoulder for a 3-1 Canadiens lead eight minutes into the second period. Plekanec added his second of the game, and 19th of the season, at the midway point of the frame by banking a shot off Gerber’s shoulder from the side of the net.

As was the case on Sunday, the Habs let a three-goal lead slip away.

The Senators scored two quick goals in the third period to narrow the gap to 4-3. Jason Spezza scored less than three minutes into the period and Joe Corvo banked a shot off a Canadiens defender during a power play for Ottawa’s third goal.

But unlike Sunday, the Canadiens held their ground and maintained their lead.

The Sens outshot the Habs 29-26. Montreal went 2-for-4 on the power play, while Ottawa managed only one goal on four opportunities with the man advantage.

With the victory, the Canadiens close to within one point of the Senators for first place in the Northeast Division and the Eastern Conference. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, this time in Ottawa.

367 Comments

  1. idle says:

    Why does Plek lose his spot?

  2. rogus says:

    Nah, it’s actually EMERY! He’s reliving the moment when he ran that 60 year old man off the road last summer!

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/morrison/2007/12/ray_emery_saga_continues_on.html

  3. Chuck says:

    Why? He hasn’t done anything wrong tonight. If he screws up, then feel free to let im have it.
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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  4. rogus says:

    Buy the french package on Express-vu, it comes with RDS. $5/month

  5. Bill H says:

    LOL Kovy and a draft pick? You’ve got to be kidding. Hossa’s playoff record is about 0.5 points a game. He is not a playoff performer. And he is a rental only. You want to trade Kovy, who is under contract through next season, and a draft pick, for a rental playoff underperformer? It’ll never happen. I’m grateful BG has more sense than that.

  6. rogus says:

    Better off putting Dandy on the line and playing Ryder…

  7. rogus says:

    Olli would surely answer many needs, but could you imagine Koivu, SK74, and Hossa on a line???

  8. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    My mistake…Streit should be on D and that opens for Latron on the 3rd.
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    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  9. nick says:

    I with ya – i’d love to see Jokinen in Habs red.

    Even if we end up with Hossa, Despite his offensive talent… there’s still going to be plenty of people saying we need bigger forwards/center, a more physical presence…etc…etc…etc

  10. Xtrahabsfan says:

    No Latendresse?

  11. krob1000 says:

    2 birds with one stone.

  12. nightmare_49 says:

    Seeing the game on Sunday was the only game in the NHL and being coach doesn’t give Waddell much time to scout and who knows if he was checking the Habs more than he was checking the Rangers who have a lot more to offer with names like Rosenval , Avery , Malek , Jagr to name a few who have been mentioned in trades due to their statis with the Rangers. Time will tell.

  13. krob1000 says:

    Likely…yes…..but we also thought Sergei Kostitsyn was for down the road. Brunnstrom is born in 1985 so he would be worth giving a shot for a team down the stretch. He is supposedy physically ready but there would have to be an adaptation to the North American game. Nicklas Backstrom has fit right in and he is smaller than Brunnstrom I believe.

  14. krob1000 says:

    Likely…yes…..but we also thought Sergei Kostitsyn was for down the road. Brunnstrom is born in 1985 so he would be worth giving a shot for a team down the stretch. He is supposedy physically ready but there would have to be an adaptation to the North American game. Nicklas Backstrom has fit right in and he is smaller than Brunnstrom I believe.

  15. huge_polar_bear says:

    It’s also on RDS. Second game in a row. Everyone is talking Hossa lately but I think I would prefer if Gainey went to get Jokinen. But of course Bob will do something no one forsaw as usual… or he will stand pat.

    http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/245168.html

  16. showey47 says:

    eric engels, the habs blogger from hockeybuzz.com has posted that ryder is not playing tonight. Let the speculation continue

    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/boards/thread.php?thread_id=34967&page=3

  17. 24 Cups says:

    Brunnstrom would be for down the road – he wouldn’t be able to walk in and help this year. As for Hossa, if we sign him I would think it would have to be for 4 or 5 years at close to $8 mil a year. That’s not a problem right now or even next year. Eventually it would mean that the Habs would have to cut salary. One of the following people likely would be leaving town: Huet, Higgins, Kovalev, Koivu etc.

    The Original 24 Cups

  18. nightmare_49 says:

    The conducter of the Stockholm Phillarmonic Orchestra.

  19. Bill H says:

    habsgod, if you scroll down about 10-15 posts, you will find discussion on the trade rumours. I can see how these rumours get started. Atlanta GM watches a Habs-NYR game. So right away there are rumours of a Habs-Atlanta trade. But what about NYR? We don’t know if the GM was watching Habs or NYR. And how many other games has the Atlanta GM watched in the last 2 weeks. Sure, maybe a Ryder for Hossa trade is one possibility among 5 other serious possibilities that Atlanta is looking at. Honestly, I think they can get more than Ryder for Hossa. Even with one or two extras thrown in to sweeten the deal, I think Atlanta could do better. But who knows, maybe Dandenault and Bouillon are more valuable to a team like Atlanta than they are to the Habs.

  20. coutNY says:

    Late blooming Swede over in the EURO league that I think if I am not mistaken The laffs had a chance to get cheap but Fergesen didn’t want to take a chance on giving him a roster position… now he’s the garnering a huge amount of attention in a teams trying to convince him to come to the NHL.

    I guess Krob beat me to it…. should of refreshed!


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