NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Ottawa
(Thursday, January 26th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Montreal 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dominik Hasek need to make only 12 saves to record his fifth shutout of the year, and Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals and added an assist as Ottawa easily handed Montreal a 3-0 defeat at Scotiabank Place.
Zdeno Chara also scored as the Senators dominated the Canadiens on the ice en route to their third straight win and fifth in their last six games. Wade Redden and Jason Spezza each added a pair of assists in the win.
Hasek was never threatened on the way to his 68th career shutout. The star netminder saw only three shots apiece in both the first and second frames as Ottawa padded its lead.
"A shutout like that shouldn't even count. It was a great effort from my team," said Hasek. "(Montreal) didn't get anything. The last two shots, the 11th and 12th, they were with one minute left and behind the blue line so what can I say. It was probably the easiest shutout I have had."
The Canadiens, meanwhile, looked like a team on the back end of consecutive games. Montreal was unable to carry any momentum from its 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday and lost for the fourth time in its last five games.
Cristobal Huet was under fire all night, as the Montreal netminder saw 40 shots fired on him and finished with 37 saves.
"I would say that we have to pleased with his (Huet's) play." said Montreal head coach Bob Gainey. "He got bombarded but he stood in."
Montreal's total of 12 shots tied the club record for fewest in a game.
A pair of power-play goals by Alfredsson in the second period put the game away for Ottawa. His first tally, the 250th of his career, came on a shot from the left point that beat Huet 2:21 into the frame and gave the Senators a 2-0 lead.
Less then four minutes later, Alfredsson blasted a shot from the right point that whistled by Huet for a 3-0 advantage.
"You could tell how tired they were," Alfredsson said. "They couldn't get anything going. We knew as long as we kept the puck ahead of us and didn't take any penalties then they would have a tough time scoring."
Chara netted Ottawa's first goal at the 12:36 mark of the first. The towering defenseman took a feed from Alfredsson at the blue line, deked around a defender, and wristed a shot past Huet from the right circle for a 1-0 Senator lead.
Earlier in the first stanza, Huet made a great save on a breakaway shorthanded chance by Mike Fisher, but the netminder never stood a chance as Ottawa kept the pressure on Montreal throughout the entire game.
Alfredsson has five goals in his last three games and has notched assists in six straight games...Ottawa's Dany Heatley assisted on Chara's goal to extend his point streak (four goals, six assists) to six games...Spezza picked up his 40th assist of the year on Alfredsson's second goal...Hasek's last shutout was Saturday against Toronto...The Senators became the first team this season to top the 200-goal mark (202)...Montreal fell to 1-4-0 on its current six-game road trip and has not won in Ottawa since November 15, 2003.
01/27 00:27:55 ET