NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Ottawa|
(Friday, November 4th)
Final Score: Montreal 2, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Andrei Kostitsyn scored the eventual game-winner
in the second period and Carey Price made 33 saves as the Montreal Canadiens
edged the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Erik Cole netted Montreal's other goal, also in the second period, and Mike
Cammalleri had an assist for the Canadiens, who have won four straight games
on the heels of six straight losses.
Zack Smith lit the lamp for the Senators, who got 24 saves from Craig Anderson
Ottawa has lost back-to-back games after winning six straight.
With Montreal leading 2-1 late in the final period, Canadiens defenseman Josh
Gorges was called for a holding penalty at 18:29, giving the Senators a power
play for the remainder of the game.
Ottawa pulled Anderson, making it 6-on-4, but Price stood tall in the waning
moments to preserve the win for his team.
After a scoreless first period, Montreal finally broke the deadlock at 13:55
of the second thanks to some sloppy play by Ottawa. The Senators had several
opportunities to clear the zone but couldn't as Cammalleri picked up a loose
puck in the slot and found Cole, who snapped it short side past Anderson to
give his team the lead.
The Canadiens made it 2-0 just three minutes later as a result of some more
poor play in the defensive end by the Senators.
Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson went behind his own net to retrieve a dump-in
and sent a breakout pass up the middle of the zone that was easily picked off
by Lars Eller in the high slot. Eller moved in on goal and cleverly dished to
an unchecked Kostitsyn, who fired it behind Anderson from the side of the net.
"We had the puck on the first goal and we didn't have real good support on the
wall and it ends up in the net," Senators head coach Paul MacLean said. "On
the second one, we go to execute in the d-zone, we had some miscommunication
and the puck goes to the wrong guy."
The Senators cut it to 2-1 just 67 seconds into the third period when Erik
Condra picked up the puck in the defensive zone, raced up the right wing into
the Montreal side and found a cutting Smith alone in the slot. Smith deked and
backhanded the puck between the right arm and body of Price.
This was the first meeting of the season between the Northeast Division
rivals. Montreal took four of six meetings between the teams last
season...Friday marked the second time the Senators wore their alternate
heritage jerseys...Montreal went 0-for-2 with the man advantage, while Ottawa
was unable to convert on four power play chances...The Sens will host the
Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, while Montreal will visit New York to tangle with
the Rangers, also on Saturday.
11/04 22:48:13 ET