NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Ottawa|
(Friday, March 30th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Montreal 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher scored twice and added an assist as
the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2, at Scotiabank Place.
Mike Comrie had a goal and two assists, while Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley
each tallied once and added a helper for Ottawa. The Senators have won four of
their last five games and have already wrapped up a postseason berth.
Ray Emery had another solid night between the pipes, making 26 saves in 28
chances for Ottawa.
"It seems like every night we're playing a desperate team," said Comrie. "The
main thing is (that) we have to match our opponents. We realize what's at
stake and it's just as important to us as it is to them."
Sheldon Souray and Mark Streit each scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves
for Montreal, which had its five-game winning streak halted. Despite the loss,
the Canadiens (86 points) maintained their hold on the eighth and final spot
in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They are among six teams within three
points of each other for the final three playoff spots, but Toronto (85
points) was idle on Friday while the New York Islanders and Carolina
Hurricanes (84 points apiece) were both defeated in their respective matchups.
The Sens made it 1-0 as Halak played the puck behind the net, sending it into
the right corner. Mathieu Dandenault couldn't fish it out and Comrie dug it
loose before finding Fisher in the slot, where he wristed the disc past
Halak at 4:57.
Spezza made it 2-0 when he wove through the defense, pulled up in the slot
and ripped a hard shot that appeared to tip off the glove of Halak at 6:29.
Montreal cut it to 2-1 on the power play, when Souray reached back and rifled
a long slapshot past Emery on the glove side at the 11:00 mark.
Ottawa quickly answered, however, as Comrie hammered a rebound shot into a
wide open net with 1:58 remaining to make it 4-1 and cap the flurry of first
Things settled down considerably in the middle stanza, as neither side lit the
lamp despite combining for 29 shots on goal.
The Habs climbed back into the contest in the third, as Streit collected a
pass from Maxim Lapierre and finished off an odd-man rush with a one-timer
that easily beat Emery at 2:43. The marker, Streit's 10th goal of the season,
made it a 3-2 game with plenty of time remaining.
Joe Corvo had a chance to give Ottawa a two-goal cushion 51 seconds past the
midway point of the third period, but the puck rolled off the end of his
stick, bypassing a wide open net on the wraparound chance.
Fisher finally gave Ottawa that two-goal edge when he nabbed the puck in the
offensive zone off a turnover by Montreal. The crafty center dove through the
crease and swept the puck past Halak in one swift motion to make it 4-2 with
3:53 remaining in the contest.
Heatley added an empty net tally for the final margin with 53 seconds to play.
"We cycled the puck really well, got some chances and did some good things,"
said Fisher. "Obviously, at the end of the third period we wanted to stay
sharp. We thought we were playing fairly well. If we stayed comfortable, we
knew we could finish it out."
Souray received stitches in his mouth after being hit in the face by the puck
in the second period. He later returned to the game...The Senators finished
the night 0-for-2 on the power play and are 1-for-20 on the man-advantage in
their last four home games...Montreal finished 1-for-6 on the power
play...Ottawa won the season series 5-3-0... Fisher has 12 points in his last
12 games (8G, 4A)...Heatley had his 47th goal of the season. He has 32 points
in his last 23 games (16G, 16A).
03/30 23:50:33 ET