Update: Bell four-pointer for Habs, Senators

Former Canadien Alex Kovalev hopes to snap a nine-game point-less slump Monday against the Canadiens, who are home to an Ottawa Senators team that’s lost five straight.
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AUDIO: Senators coach Cory Clouston | Alex Kovalev | Daniel Alfredsson

The Ottawa Senators, losers of five straight heading into tonight’s huge game against the Canadiens, held an optional practice Sunday morning at the Bell Centre, and 16 players skated for an hour.

Coach Cory Clouston maintains his team is doing a lot of things right, and it was an upbeat dressing room after practice; no moping despite the team’s current skid. Nick Foligno and former Canadien Alex Kovalev were the last off the ice, having been out for a full 90 minutes until they were asked to leave, hundreds of Casino de Montréal employees and their familiies waiting to enjoy an afternoon of skating on the Habs’ rink.

Senators not skating Sunday: captain Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Chris Phillips, Andy Sutton, Milan Michalek, Chris Campoli, Filip Kuba and Erik Karlsson.

The Canadiens had Sunday off. They’ll skate this late this morning in Brossard, while the Senators will skate once more at the Bell Centre.


  1. avatar_58 says:


  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gui as a Hab: 234GP 48G 37A 83PTS

    Indication he was ever going to get better: Zero.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  3. ed lopaz says:

    your replies always reflect the poiltically correct cie line. exactly what demers himself would reply – which is fine.

    but I like to be a little more blunt about things.

    latendresse played some crap hockey here in mtl. soft, not agressive, not finishing his checks, not going to the net, not backchecking hard, it was hard to watch

    he played like he was “entitled” to become a superstar, and should be treated like one.

    I hope Pouliot does not fall back into this same spoiled and entitled attitude, because pouliot has major league talent – the full package = and the upside potential is far greater than latendernesse.


  4. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I was being sarcastic

  5. showey47 says:

    How come nobody talks about all the teams that passed on halak like 9 times? lol

  6. showey47 says:

    we are only 3 points ahead of the bruins and they have a game in hand. I’d say one more good week and we will have good seperation from 9th. There are still 20 to 22 points available to be won,never mind the 3 point games.

  7. avatar_58 says:

    So what? Other teams passed on Subban. Keep that in mind when he comes up to Montreal and rips it up

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    I sure hope Lats does well playing in their system, good for him getting on the top lines. But he sure was ineffective in our system and was never going to help us much in our speed game.

    On the other hand Pouliot is a much better asset for us and was not a very good fit in Minnesota. Win Win situation.

    Two different styles for two different players is all. Worked very well I thought.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Which is different from his usual performances how?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. Danno says:

    Ottawa, Shmottawa. Bring ’em on. We’re movin’ on up.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  11. ooder says:

    toskala was BRUTAL today against the wild


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  12. knucklesnilan says:

    Totally agree, Lats can score all the goals he wants in Minny,

    he was given more than ample opportunity to score

    while with us.  He will never lead Minny to a cup ever, that’s

    as close to a fact as one can make it.

    If he had of put that effort while here a street would’ve been named

    after him, he showed his true color of yellow while with

    the Red, White and Blue.

    Go Habs Go !!

  13. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Well we need to have something to bitch about regarding our team’s management. We have 20/20 hindsight for this sole purpose.

  14. bostonantifan says:

    You can’t blame 84’s lack of production on the coaching staff.  They weren’t the ones who refused to go to the front of the net and mix it up.  They weren’t the ones who couldn’t find the net with a freakin map.  Maybe he wasn’t a cry-baby, but he was lazy and he stunk while in Montreal.  The one thing I will concede is that the Canadiens should have had him in the minors for 3-4 years, then maybe he would have learned to play with some discipline.

  15. HABZ24 says:

    should have beaten de leaves. we played down to their level.big week this one.cammys gotta return and go on a tear.

  16. bostonantifan says:

    Who cares?

  17. G-Man says:

    AK46: 235GP 64G 71A 135PTS

    Gui: 278GP 73G 47A 120PTS

    Wow, AK is sooo much better.

    BTW, I wrote that the trade was good for both clubs.

  18. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Anyone in the “GTA” or god forbid Western New York, I have an extra ticket for Wednesday’s game against the Sabres at HSBC. It is 100 level and I paid $100 US for it. 14th row between the goal line and the faceoff circles. Habs shoot here twice. Let me know if you anyone is interested.

  19. ooder says:

    i want to see our habs climb the standings though…

    it’s good for confidence.

    also i think MTL has separated itself from the pack of 8-20 place teams far enough. When teams like the rangers or atlanta win it should be boston sweating, not MTL


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  20. showey47 says:

    easier on the habs should mean teams #9 and lower losing hockey games. An atlanta wins keeps them in the race. Philly is going to make the playoffs regardless,atlanta losing benefits us more. Just like the rangers loss today. Eliminating teams outside the playoff positions as soon as possible allows us to sit players who could possibly be playing injured.

  21. Jbird says:

    Lats and Cammy are tied right now in goals.  Cammy will play at least 8 more games.  Wanna Bet on that claim?  And I know that Cammy will get more in the playoffs seeing that Lats plays on a go nowhere close to the playoffs team.

    Overall Lats was a Rebiero style poison on the team as far as i could tell – I’m glad his chubby self is gone.  He has nine more goals than his career high – this is not that shocking.  

  22. matraque says:

    Will Lats finish close to 30 or 35 goals this season?


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

  23. matraque says:

    I say Halak.  He’s not tired… why would he be?


    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)

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