NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Montreal |
(Tuesday, October 31st)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Ottawa 2
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Backup goaltender David Aebischer stopped
31 shots for his fourth win of the season, as the Montreal Canadiens shut down
the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, at the Bell Centre.
Chris Higgins, Alexei Kovalev, Andrei Markov, and Steve Begin tallied for
Montreal, which has won two of their last three games.
Ray Emery played well in the loss, making 25 saves. Jason Spezza and Tom
Preissing scored for the Senators, who have lost two straight after a three-
game win streak.
After a relatively quiet first 20 minutes, Montreal broke the scoring drought
at 5:30 of the second.
With the Senators on a power play, a mishandled neutral zone pass from Dany
Heatley to Spezza was picked off by Higgins. On the transition, he broke in
and cut towards the crease. Pulling Emery out of the net in anticipation of a
pass, Higgins instead slipped a backhander along the ice which found open
space through the five-hole.
The Canadiens extended their lead to 2-0 with 1:28 left. Sergei Samsonov
gathered a dump-in attempt in the Ottawa zone at the right boards along the
goal line. He spotted an uncovered Kovalev coming down the left wing, and
sent a cross-ice feed to the streaking winger. Kovalev finished the play
nicely with a quick wrister that hit a half-open net.
In the third, Ottawa cut the lead to one on a fluke play. Spezza held the
puck on the left boards near the blue line. With no open passing lanes, he
turned and lifted a floating wrister that deflected off a Montreal player past
Aebischer, who was screened by the Senators' Patrick Eaves.
The goal, at 6:19, set in motion some tense moments in the final period, where
both teams missed key several key opportunities as Aebischer and Emery battled
to keep their teams in the game.
However, in a space of only 19 seconds, Montreal would clinch the contest.
First, Markov's 200-foot clearing attempt from behind his own net managed to
curve into the Ottawa goal. Then, Begin finished off a 3-on-2 break, taking a
feed from Mike Johnson and shooting it high over a prone Emery for his first
of the year.
The Sens struck for a meaningless goal with nine seconds left. Chris Neil
flipped a blind shot from behind the cage that deflected off Preissing
and past a startled Aebischer.
Ottawa has lost four of their last five games in Montreal dating back
to last season...Sens' defenseman Wade Redden missed his second game in a row
with a groin injury...Higgins' shorthanded goal is his third of the season and
second against Ottawa...Montreal finished 0-for-5 on the power play, Ottawa
10/31 22:50:41 ET