Game 71, Away Game 37 | Saturday March 18, 2017 
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, ON.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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4-3

SENATORS
Ottawa

(Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Radulov
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Danault – Shaw
King – Ott – Mitchell

Markov – Weber
Davidson – Petry
Beaulieu – Benn

Goaltenders

Price
Montoya

Scratches

Alexei Emelin, Brian Flynn, Michael McCarron, Andreas Martinsen, Nikita Nesterov

Injured Reserve

Game Report

With the Canadiens last game on Tuesday there was plenty of time to hype this game as a battle of the titans. It is remarkable that the two clubs had such similar records coming into the contest with an overtime loss the only thing separating them in the standings.

They had a similar record over the past 10 games and were each coming off a loss against the Blackhawks. Goals against and goals for were even within spitting distance of each other. So we were all expecting a playoff atmosphere for this two-game series.

And from puck drop, it didn’t disappoint. Almost five minutes went by before the first whistle. Was this going to follow the pattern of a typical Habs – Sens game?

It looked like it was following the script when Canadiens-killer Jean-Gabriel Pageau was the recipient of a Jordie Benn turnover for an apparent breakaway. But then Benn skated down Pageau and knocked the puck away for a great defensive play. That’s not supposed to happen.

The Canadiens got on the board first early in the second period following a strong forecheck by Artturi Lehkonen. Andrew Shaw scored benefiting from a pass by Phillip Danault.

For Danault, it was the first of four goals that he played a significantly role in, two for each team. It was a Jekkyl and Hyde performance for the young centre. But Danault was also on the ice for the Senators tying goal late in the third period, losing a faceoff to Derick Brassard. Scary!

In a typical Ottawa – Montreal game, Sens goalie Craig Anderson channels his inner Jacques Plante. And after the Canadiens were only able to manage a single goal in the first 40 minutes, Anderson looked to be frustrating the Habs again. But then, Anderson gave up a bad goal to Brendan Gallagher.

It was an odd night.

The Canadiens second pair defenseman had a tough game. Yet regular fan punching bag, Alexei Emelin, was in the press box. Jeff Petry and Brandon Davidson were an accident waiting to happen on every shift. Fortunately, the Senators are not the Blackhawks.

Speaking of defencemen, Nathan Beaulieu returned to the lineup but didn’t impress. Perhaps he should have been paying attention to the Habs – Hawks game?  In a game with several Beaulieu mistakes, his poor pass to Max Pacioretty in overtime could have been the most costly. Nate should be grateful to Shea Weber and crew who killed the 4-on-3 overtime penalty.

So what will we be treated to on Sunday night in Montreal? Typical or otherwise?

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▲     Carey Price, Andrei Markov, Artturi Lehkonen   

▼     Brandon Davidson, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   SENATORS
32 Shots 31
39% Face-offs 61%
0 for 2 Power Play 1 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 4
26 Hits 30
56 Corsi For 68
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (40-23-8) 0 1 2 0 1 4
 Senators (39-23-8) 0 2 1 0 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Shaw (11), Danault (11), Gallagher (8), 
  • OTT: Brassard (13), Dzingel (14), Karlsson (14) 
  • MTL: Price (W) 32-17-5
  • OTT: Anderson (L) 21-8-2
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1.  Paul Byron  MTL
  2.  Erik Karlsson  OTT
  3.  Derick Brassard  OTT

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “What happened tonight was probably what every hockey expert would have thought of; a real tight game, two teams that are playing well, playing with lots of confidence, playing for a top spot. That’s what we saw tonight and probably was expected.”
  • “We’ve been falling behind sometimes after two and we’ve showed a lot of character coming back in the third period, not giving up. Even that goal [by Karlsson] didn’t seem to rattle us. We came back after they tied it, had a couple of real good shifts where we had some opportunities. The kill in the overtime was a key moment to give us a chance to win that game.”

Andrew Shaw

  • “We’ve got the guys who know how to put games away, know how to finish it. We gave away the lead there late, but we worked it back and the PK had a huge kill there in overtime.”
  • “We know they are going to be disappointed with the outcome tonight, so we’ve got to expect an angry team [Sunday] night. We know what they are capable of; they go out there and work with speed.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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