Last night, the Canadiens prevented the Ottawa Senators from claiming 1st place in the Northeast division from the Boston Bruins. Ottawa remains one point behind Boston, but has played 2 more games. The Canadiens, who claimed the SO win, remain in last play, albeit tied in points with the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes. At this point of the season, the points hardly matter for the Habs, and they’re playing for pride.
As for the game itself, it was definitely a good one. The Canadiens were widely outshot 37-26, and 15-9 in the first period alone. Carey Price‘s play was stellar, particularly on a wrap-around attempt by Kyle Turris. The strategy all night for the Sens seemed to be to shoot the puck at Price‘s feet and scramble to pot rebounds in. It worked on Colin Greening‘s goal in the 1st period to tie the game at 1-1, after Erik Cole had opened the scoring for the Habs with his 27th of the season. A blistering shot by P.K Subban that was deftly deflected by David Desharnais (his 16th) to give the Habs a short-lived lead, as the Sens would tie it up with a goal from Erik Karlsson. It would go to the shootout, where David Desharnais would be the only one to beat the goaltenders, giving the Habs a win on home-ice.
It was also a game of odd plays, funny celebrations and one patented MarkovGotHurtHoldYourBreathMoment. There was a lot of goaltender interference, on both sides, and a fight between Petteri Nokelainen and Jared Cowan. Erik Cole stole the show when he high-fived the referee after scoring. As for Markov, he took a deflected puck to the face, dropped to the ice and kicked his helmet on the way off. He would return to the game however. In other injury news, Erik Cole took a hit in the corner, and crumpled to the ice for a few minutes. He would also later return.
The Canadiens can now look forward to facing Ottawa again in Ottawa on Friday. Puck drops at 7:00pm.