NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Ottawa
(Tuesday, November 29th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Montreal 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ray Emery earned his first career shutout with 27 saves and Jason Spezza recorded a goal and an assist, as the Ottawa Senators closed out an amazing month of November with a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Corel Centre.
Daniel Alfredsson and Martin Havlat also scored for Ottawa, which posted its sixth consecutive win and finished the season's second month with an 11-1 mark. Mike Fisher added a late goal in the victory.
"It helps to have a great team in front of you," said Emery. "The shutout was nice to have."
Jose Theodore allowed four goals on 26 shots for Montreal, which has dropped three straight games. The Canadiens were shut out for the second this season -- Atlanta blanked the Habs 2-0 on October 12.
Ottawa's Dany Heatley extended his franchise record and season-opening points streak to 22 games. If he records a point in Ottawa's next game, Thursday at Boston, he will tie Wayne Gretzky's record for the most consecutive points with a new team. Gretzky notched at least a point in each of his first 23 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 1988-89.
The Senators took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal near the midpoint of the opening period.
With Mathieu Dandenault in the penalty box, Zdeno Chara passed from the left point to Spezza, who was stationed along the left half-wall. After glancing over the zone for a moment, Spezza drifted toward the circle and released a blazing wrist shot that beat Theodore up high to the far side at 8:39.
Two more Ottawa goals in the middle session increased the lead to 3-0.
First, at the 5:45 mark, Alfredsson notched his 20th goal of the season courtesy of nifty passing from his linemates. Spezza corralled the puck along the right side and left a nice drop pass for Heatley in the high slot. Heatley then quickly spotted Alfredsson, who was all alone at the top of the crease and fired home a turnaround wrist shot.
"We got better as the game went on," Alfredsson said. "It was a great performance by Emery, and we got some big goals."
Under three minutes later, another Montreal penalty proved costly as the Ottawa power play struck again. Andrej Meszaros fed a pass from the point to Havlat, who skated around the perimeter of the right circle and rifled a wrist shot into the cage with 11:48 remaining in the frame.
The Canadiens managed nine shots in the final period, including two chances on the power play, but could not solve Emery before Fisher's unassisted marker capped the scoring.
"Going into the third, all I asked was to play great defense," said Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray.
Emery set an NHL record by becoming the first goaltender to win his first nine career starts...Havlat left the game early in the third period with an upper body injury...Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov began serving his three-game suspension for shoving a linesman against Toronto on Saturday...The Sens set a franchise record for most wins in a month...Ottawa improved to 11-2 at home in 2005-06 and is now 3-0 against its foes from Quebec..The Sens are now 12-0 against the Northeast Division this season...Ottawa finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while Montreal went scoreless on five chances with the extra skater.
11/30 01:18:50 ET