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.


  1. Iceberg84 says:


  2. Iceberg84 says:

    Montreal vs. Ottawa tonight, Boston vs. Atlanta tomorrow along with Ottawa vs. Philadelphia. The next 30 hours or so are going to be intense for the Eastern Conference playoff race.

  3. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    I would think JM wants to have a good look at how Halak will “rebound” after the loss / somewhat shakey performance last time.

    Second, this should further fire up young Price, and we shall see how he responds next game.

    I like the strategy.

  4. matmacat says:

    you win your in, you lose your out, is not a valid system. it does not reward the goalie based on his performances.

  5. Jeff says:

    Really funny, like they can drop the points…

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


  6. SLONCOLD says:

    lol how was his performance our fault? did we play him under 5 minutes a game? did we play him on the fourth line? the dude is getting paid 880k this year to play hockey and it didn’t work in mtl. not the fans fault, not even close

  7. 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!

  8. HabFanSince72 says:

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

  9. Ron in Ottawa says:

    i agree- they should be starting Price. Not because of Halak’s last game or the so-called “goalie contraversy.” But because JM has to have two goalies set to go for the playoffs. If Halak fades out because he has seen too much work- and that happens often with goalies- then JM needs to be able to call on Pice who is rested but sharp. I’ve said it before- when JM coached in Ottawa he had trouble balancing his goalies. I’m glad he seems to be making decsions about who plays without any pressure from above, like he had with BG. But still, he needs to thinks ahead a few games and balance both golaies so they are both ready for the payoffs.

  10. rated_R says:

    very nice! I LIKE!

  11. 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.

  12. Natrous says:

    Valid point, but don’t forget who the whipping boy is now that Guillaume has left town. I used to think it was just an expression, but it turns out we Hab fans really do eat our young…

  13. mike g says:

    Atlanta and MTL are the only teams in the race playing decent hockey right now. And they’re both not playing decent, they’re playing excellent.

    Philly, Ottawa, Boston and NY are all playing like garbage….Watching Atlanta play Ottawa last week was disgusting for so many reasons. Ottawa was horrible, the fan support was terrible (I’d say 5,000 in attendace is being generous), and it just didn’t have the feel of an important game even though it was.

    But, let’s give the Thrashers credit. They have no support and play in a building that is quieter than a library, they traded away ILYA, and yet still find it in them to play well enough to be in the race.

    As for us, we seem to recently have found ways to play in pressure games. I think the sweep vs Philly before the break pissed of alot of our players. They seem to be alot more confident and intense. Hope we keep it up because you can’t show any shame in a game like tonight. You gotta burry those Sens, let them continue to slide and search for solutions…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  14. bluefleetwood says:

    Sailor is right. Remember 2008, when Price was faltering against the Flyers? When the Habs put Halak in net in game 4, he was rusty as hell. If they’d played him more often during the season and in the stretch leading up to the playoffs, he wouldn’t have been rusty; Price wouldn’t have been burnt out and we may very well have had a different outcome.

  15. EastCoastJoe says:

    They play back to back Wednesday and Thursday.  Price will play one of those games.

    “Maybe I’ll play the piano.” – Bob Gainey

  16. TheIndian says:

    So seems like Philly are in deeper $hi* than anyone thought…after goalies problems now Carter is gone for a long period…The way Philly is going right now, I wont be surprised if they fail to make the playoffs and Boston and Atlanta qualify for post season…

  17. matmacat says:

    Price’s turn? Don’t be such a baby. This has been discussed and debated time and time again.

  18. sailor2963 says:

    Why start Halak?  He lost the last game and we need both goalies ready for the playoffs.  It’s Price’s turn.

  19. mike g says:

    Brian Elliot for the Sens tonight, that’s great news….They’re not playing their French-Canadian goaltender in MTL, which we all know usually results in a career performance, lol…

    And, Milan Michalek isn’t playing either. Brutal injury which is being said to be worse than the Sens thaught.

    Go get’em boys…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  20. 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.

  21. HUDSONHAB says:

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


  22. Say Ash says:

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

  23. TomNickle says:

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

  24. 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.

  25. TomNickle says:

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

  26. 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.

  27. Les Habitants says:

    habs 5 sens 2

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

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