Robbed. In life I’ve learned some things, one lesson of growing up that stings as bad as any is that sometimes you don’t get what you deserve. Folks tonight I couldn’t describe a better way to deliver a winning performance than how the Canadiens played tonight in the capital. They out shot the Senators 45-24, only gave up one PP all night and held Ottawa to just two shots inside the Montreal scoring zone. Yet all of that was cancelled out by two objects, one by the name of Ben Bishop, the other is the metal posts of the net. The Canadiens rang three shots off the post, including one by Erik Cole that hit the left post, then bounced up to the cross bar and out. Such was the luck for the Habs tonight, who just couldn’t get more than one as they fell in a shootout 2-1.
The first goal of the game came with 13 minutes to go in the second period when Dave Dziurzynski fired a slapshot from 60 feet away, catching Carey Price off guard to take a 1-0 lead. To that point he had only seen six shots on goal, and whenever a goalie has been standing around for that long they can be caught napping a bit, and Price was leaning a little away from the puck when the slapper suddenly came in perfectly, leaving him little chance to make a stop. It wouldn’t be until the final seconds of the period, when on a face off Max Pacioretty passed back to Rapheal Diaz who swung it over to his right where Andrei Markov would one time it home from the blue line to tie it up.
No scoring would happen in the third although Montreal banked one off the post late in regulation as this one would slip to OT. The final goal of the game would be scored by Peter Regin who faked out Carey beautifully, then putting it away in the right side of the goal to put all the pressure on Montreal. The Canadiens would have their last hopes up to Tomas Plekanec, who tried to simply wrist it by Bishop to no avail, giving Ottawa the win.
- I know I’ve ragged on David Desharnais a lot this season, saying how Galchenyuk is clearly the 2nd best center on this team. While I still believe that, I must admit David has been playing much better lately, he had points in his last four games coming into tonight, and led the team in shots while really doing a wonderful job creating opportunities. It’s nice to see him begin to produce a little more
- Coach Paul MacLean echoed my thoughts on the game saying, “I thought Montreal really skated well and really cut us off and didn’t give us an opportunity to do very much and Ben was outstanding in the net.” Couldn’t agree more, Ottawa is in a bad position with Spezza, Karlsson and now Anderson hurt, yet they still continue to get by with great goaltending. This team if Spezza and Karlsson get healthy by seasons end have a serious shot for a deep run in the playoffs
- One piece of great news for Canadiens fans, the last time Montreal was in 1st place out East on the 25th of February was 1993, the same year they won their last cup. Maybe a good omen? Who knows