Game 73: Canadiens flat against Senators

Senators’ Peter Regin deflects the puck passed Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak during the first period Monday night. John Mahoney, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: The Canadiens had a chance to take a big step up in the Eastern Conference standings on Monday night, but they came up empty in a 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Montreal mustered only six shots on Brian Elliott in the first period, but the Senators did even worse with only five shots on goal. However, they got one past Jaroslav Halak when Peter Regin tipped in a pass from the top of the crease. After a scoreless second period, Erik Karlsson scored his second goal of the season on the power play 8:17 into the third period. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Senators and handed the Canadiens their second-straight loss after a six-game winning streak.

• Key Moments: For the second straight game, the Canadiens inability to take advantage on the power play cost them dearly. Montreal was 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Travis Moen left the game in the second period after being cut in the face by a skate, but RDS was reporting that he did not need to hospital and was treated at the Bell Centre, which is a good sign.

• What It Means: Montreal drops to 36-30-7 and remains at 79 points in seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Senators and Flyers. The Senators and Flyers play each other on Tuesday night.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens play in Buffalo on Wednesday before coming home to play the Panthers on Thursday and the Devils on Saturday.

390 Comments

  1. Bugs says:

    The only consolation is that at least we’re not the laughing stock of the League wallowing in last place praying the pick we traded away for no help at all doesn’t end up being the first overall.

    Shame like that would kill me.

    But at least your sworn enemies who are IN the playoffs lost a game.

    That’s what’s most important, right?

    Haw-haw!

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  2. Jeff says:

    Really funny, like they can drop the points…

    Oops they slacked off again tonite….aw poor Hab fans….sorry midget fans….

     

  3. Jeff says:

    Did you enjoy your carrot juice Bugs?

    THUD, THUD! 2-0 sooo good to hear your silence.

    Betcha that burnt your a.. big time! HA! HA!

  4. christophor says:

    well ottawa has five shots. people are talking like they had 20 and halak is jesus. he’s played well though but the rest of the habs are sucking.

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    What angers me is they are very capable of playing good hockey, so why this stuff????

  6. deuce6 says:

    Geez, I can’t wait for Cammy and MAB to get back and help on that rancid PP..Does that stink or what?

    Too many odd man rushes for OTT, Halak bailed out his team mates on more than one occasion..This has no flow and no hustle…

    Thought they finally turned the corner, but inconsistancy has set back in…

  7. Ian Cobb says:

    Thank gawd for Halak or it could have been a slaughter out there. No passion out there.

  8. lavie says:

    6 SOG for the whole 1st period? Can’t believe…

    Habs just rested and relaxed TOO much.

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    Sloppy, slow and no communication out on the ice. The fire has gone out, or what?  We are playing like pee wees out there.

    zzzzzzzzzzzz!

  10. Mattyleg says:

    Echhh… Sergei’s going to take a bad penalty, I can feel it.

    The kid’s boiling.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    The silly notion that we will go far in the playoffs, R.I.P.

  12. slapshot777 says:

    Looks like another motionless game for the Habs so far.

     

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

  13. HardHabits says:

    Park your car at a Metro station if you need to drive. I’ve never had an issue getting to either the Forum or the Bell Centre but I wouldn’t take a car downtown to see a game ever, not when I can take the subway.

  14. HUDSONHAB says:

    It’s Hammer that looks out of place, too slow.

    Hab4life

  15. Say Ash says:

    And without him, MAB has the weight of the world on his shoulders

  16. TomNickle says:

    Some days it’s really nice to be 5’11

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. The Habs.

    2. Trick question.  The answer is the  Bruins.

    3. Trick question again. There will surely be some more injuries before then.

    4 And yet another trick question. It was the Quebecoises.

    5. No one has brought up the issue of death panels with respect to Price and Halak.

  18. TomNickle says:

    Ditto, imagine that Powerplay if he were on his offensive game, WOW.

  19. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    Like most of us who grew up in la Belle Province, watched many dynasties of great habs, like our parents and their parents did, the Montreal Canadiens have become part of our cultural identity. We live and  breath the bleu, blanc, rouge sometime more than some of the players making multi-digit paycheck. Everytime our glorious have hit the home ice for the past 100, they are introduced “Mesdames et Messieurs, accueuillons NOS Canadiens. Mr. Boone himself always refers to “your Montreal Canadiens”. As anyone ever read something positive in Mr. Trash Todd column? As JT ever embraced the city that so generously welcomed him.

     

    My paycheck doesn’t say Government of Canada, but it’s still my country Jackass Todd.

     

    And by the way, we are directly paying those wages.

  20. Les Habitants says:

    habs 5 sens 2

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  21. TomNickle says:

    Scotiabank place is also in Kanata.  Very suburban area with ions of room for parking!

    TD Bank North Centre(formerly known as the Fleetcenter) in Boston is the worst arena for parking.  Had to pay $50 for valet parking but to be honest I would do it again in a heartbeat.  Parking area was immediately outside of the subway station which connects to the rink.  Out of the arena in 5 minutes, out of the madness that follows a game in another 5.

    Other advantage.  The building is covered in blue glass.  Last time there a friend and I got caught up in the road closures that accompany the Boston Marathon and it took us 3 hours to get to the vehicle after a Red Sox v. Yankees game in the early afternoon.  Got to our seats just in time for warmup because we were able to identify the rink amongst the busy business sector of Boston.

  22. Say Ash says:

    By the way, who the heck thought of putting Earth Hour during a Habs game?

  23. Say Ash says:

    It’s been his saving grace, but I wish his one-timer would come around.

  24. TomNickle says:

    For all of the Jaro Spacek haters.

    +12, leading the active roster.

  25. Bugs says:

    If it’s so unpleasant, I can take those tickets off your hands if you want?

    Dubiously unequivocal, know me as

    L.B. Potter, esq. First Bugler of the St-Habberson’s Club Red Brigade and Head Coachman to the President of Habsbros Flannel-weaving Services: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  26. bostonantifan says:

    Regular goalie “law” is that the more they play the better they get. See Dryden, Roy, Hasek, Fuhr, Curtis Joseph, etc.

  27. christophor says:

    sorry to state the obvious dude(tte?), but you’re usually the one to throw some goalie comment in there. your feelings seem easiest to hurt. toughen up a bit and then we’ll have a little more peace.


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