NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Ottawa
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Montreal 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals in the third period to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Chris Neil also scored while Martin Gerber turned aside 28 shots for the Senators, who responded with a victory after dropping just their second game of the season Thursday night.
"After the first we realized we didn't play our best and we decided to play smarter," explained Alfredsson. "I don't think our performance in the first was that big of a deal, but we came out better in the second and the third. It was a great game. It was really uptempo and both goalies played really well. Both teams really gave it all they had and we were lucky to come out on top."
Cristobal Huet had 34 saves and Andrei Markov tallied the lone goal for Montreal, which was looking to win their third straight game.
"We played very hard and everybody gave their best," Huet said. "It's hard to lose this game. It's not a good feeling, obviously. We skated with them and we matched their play."
Montreal struck first and grabbed a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:11 of the first. From the top of the point, Markov was left uncontested and he ripped a heavy slap shot that sailed past a screened Gerber into the top left corner of the net.
The Senators had golden opportunity to tie the game in the second stanza as Alfredsson was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked down on a breakaway. Huet was up to the task though and denied Ottawa's sniper to keep his team in front.
Alfredsson was able to make up for his missed opportunity on the penalty shot and finally solved Huet at 14:50 of the third. From the high slot, Alfredsson took a pass from Dany Heatley and unleashed a wrister that beat Huet high on his glove side.
Ottawa continued to apply pressure after Alfredsson's tally and less then two minutes later took the lead. Neil battled for a loose puck inside the right circle and after gaining control, threw the disc on net and the puck went into the top left corner.
The Habs pulled Huet with a little over a minute to play but Alfredsson sealed the win for Ottawa with an empty-netter with 25.6 seconds left.
Heatley ended with two assists...Alfredsson has one goal in five-career penalty shot chances...Ottawa's Mike Fisher played in his 400th career game in the NHL and had an assist...Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder picked up helpers for the Habs.
11/10 19:20:16 ET