Habs Escape Ottawa with Win
The Habs and the Senators played a spirited game in the nations capital. The Habs winning by the smallest of measures 2-1.
The first period was a tight affair Plenty of blocked shots on both sides. One penalty on each team. There should have been a penalty shot awarded for the Habs when a Senator defenseman grabbed the puck with his hand, closed it then tossed it out of harms way. On the whole it was a very defensive period and the shots on goal were Habs 10 and Senators 4.
The second period showed Cole and Kostitsyn scoring when they went to the net. The Senators did not have an answer defensively for the big bodies going to the net. After each goal the fourth line came on to prevent a fast goal from the Senators. Near the end of the period, Subban found himself in the penalty box once again. During the ensuing power play, Michalek ran Price getting his own penalty. The shots on goal after two were 18 Sens- 23 Habs.
The Senators this season have been the never say die kids. They never give up and have won a few games in the last minute. In the third period, they have scored 60% of their goals during this surprising beginning or the season.
The third period began with four on four play, then the Habs had a brief power play. It was during this abbreviated short-handed situation that the Senators scored their only goal of the game. The goal seemed to bring the Senators to life. Most of the play in the third was in the Habs side of the ice. The Habs played very well defensively and had a couple of scoring chances of their own. With the Senators buzzing around, Gorges got caught holding with 1:31 left in the third period. The leagues best power play had a few chances to tie the game as the goalie was pulled for the occasion. The Habs held their own and iced the puck a few times, missing the occasion to score in the empty net.
Tomorrow the Habs will be at MSG to visit Avery and the Rangers. Should be interesting.